From the Desk of the Director
The distinctiveness of the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, India lies in its architecture and rich collection. An architectural delight, designed by the famed Le Corbusier, the museum was inaugurated in 1968. From its inception to its present stage, it has grown enormously including in its gamut, activities intended to bring people closer to the museum.
The sprawling museum complex houses the main building that is the Government Museum and Art Gallery, the Natural History Museum which is a wing of the Government Museum and Art Gallery and the City Museum .
The City Museum shows the birth of the city by displaying the master plans, sketches and photographs from its archival collection.
The immensely popular Government Museum and Art Gallery holds a substantial collection of antiquities and Indian contemporary art. The piece de resistance is its renowned collection of Gandhara sculptures and Pahari miniature painting that have put the museum on the tourist map of art connoisseurs. The different sections of the museum are designed to showcase the collection of the Indian textiles, Indian metal and stone sculpture, decorative art, Indian miniature painting and Indian contemporary art.
The museum has seen tremendous growth in the last five years. On the initiation of His Excellency General (Retd.) S. F. Rodrigues, PVSM, VSM, Administrator Union Territory, Chandigarh, the renovation of two sections of "Sobha Singh" and "S.G. Thakar Singh" and addition of a new section of "Nine Masters of India" has been accomplished in a short time. The Epigraphy and Numismatics section and the Chandigarh-Harappan
section have been opened for public. The museum is hoping to complete the digital documentation of its collection, a feat which is definitely creditworthy. All this has been made possible due to the active guidance and support of Shri
Pradip Mehra, Adviser to the Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh and Shri Krishna Mohan,
Former Home Secretary, Chandigarh Administration and my colleagues at the museum.
The Natural History Museum has also received a facelift with the additions of the Dinosaurs of India and the Evolution of Man sections. They are a major draw among children and students. Nature in Art section is a tribute to the genius of Sardar Jogindar Singh's embroidery works.
The museum has put a thrust on its out-reach activities and educational programmes aimed at inviting participation of the school children, physically challenged people and the senior citizens besides the general public. The museum is planning to hold tri monthly mobile exhibitions for school children soon. The children are the future custodian of our environment and heritage and if they are made conscious of natural treasures and art heritage of our country from the very beginning, the country will have a brighter future. The museum is soon going to add audio tours and touch screen kiosks in the main sections to enable people to have an easy access of the collection. By constantly re-inventing itself, the museum has been a forerunner in providing exemplary service to the people.
We sincerely hope that you will enjoy your visit to the Government Museum and Art Gallery and visit our web site at http://chdmuseum.gov.in as frequently as possible. We welcome any suggestions that you may want to make.
||Jasvinder Kaur, PCS
Government Museum and Art Gallery,
Sector 10-C, Chandigarh, India
Phone and Fax: +91-0172-2740261