The Government Museum is one of the oldest museums in the country, established in 1865. Spread over two floors, it is split up into 18 galleries dedicated to archaeological and geological artifacts, including inscriptions, coins, terracotta, 84 sculptures from different periods, Neolithic pottery, 70 paintings from various ancient kingdoms (including the Tanjore, the Deccan and Mysore) and several other artifacts that date back 5000 years. Besides, visitors can also see the oldest known Kannada language inscription from 450 CE, called the Halmidi inscription. The building itself exudes the charm of a bygone era, with neo-classical architecture.
This museum is dedicated to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It features a picture gallery that showcases the life and times of Gandhiji, including his teachings and freedom struggle. Visitors can learn about Gandhiji’s entire life, from childhood to his last days, at this museum. The walls of the museum are adorned with the quotes of Gandhiji.
Situated on the first floor of the General Post Office of Bangalore, the Philatelic Museum is a repository of rare stamps from different periods, countries, shapes and sizes. About 600 magazines and books on philately and Indian postal paraphernalia are on display. The museum documents the past and present of Indian post and the development of stamps.