District Museum, Tura

Address
Office of the Assistant Curator, District Museum
City
State
Meghalaya
Pin Code
794101
Email
districtmuseumtura@gmail.com
Phone Number
Museum website
megartsculture.gov.in
When was the museum established?
1989
Main category
Briefly describe the history of the museum, its collection and donors.

The District Museum in Tura was set up in August of 1989 with the intent of protecting and preserving the cultural and artistic heritage of the people of Garo Hills. It is a relatively small museum in terms of infrastructure but there has been a steady collection of artefacts since its inception.

As it is a state government museum, the collection process needs the approval of the Art Purchase Committee which consists of members from various fields and various government departments. This committee meets once every year to discuss various items that sellers bring for sale before deciding on accepting or rejecting them.

There is also a large collection of artefacts that have been donated by the residents of Tura that range from fossils to old British era coins, and a considerable number of cane and bamboo items. The jewellery section of the museum contains artefacts that are rare to find.

Some of the interesting pieces in the museum are the terracotta plaques from the archaeological site in Bhaitbari, the container used for collecting blood during beheadings (Rangrawengkong), and rangs. An entire display cabinet is dedicated to rangs which are large bronzish containers that were once considered a sign of immense wealth.

Photography
No
Videography
No
Cafeteria
No
Museum shop
No
Wheelchair friendly
No
Restroom
Yes
Drinking water
Yes
Locker room
No
Parking
Yes
Information in Braille
No
Workshops/seminars/lectures
Yes
Garden/picnic area
No
Audio/visual guides
No
Guided tours
Yes
Library and archives services
No
IT facilities ( Photocopying, printing, computer )
Yes
Auditorium
No
Conference/ Seminar hall
No
Museum membership
No
Conservation lab
No
Research lab
No
Who manages the museum?
State Government
Email
Kimmarak@gmail.com
Person-in-charge of the museum
Other
First Name
Kimde
Last Name
Marak
Mobile no.
What is the average duration to see the museum?
less than 1 hour
Map your museum’s correct location on the map given below.
Is the museum currently closed?
No
Main Image for the museum
Museum entrance
Gallery Images
Image
Medium
Wood
Name of the Artifact
Top: The tale of Hoolock Gibbons; Bottom: The tale of Ambi Jakbrik
Image
Medium
Wood
Name of the Artifact
Cultivator's watch hut
Image
Medium
Wood; Bamboo
Name of the Artifact
Bamboo shed
Image
Medium
wood
Name of the Artifact
Wooden utensils
Any other service
Borrowing of ethnic outfits for functions
Entry Fee
Not Applicable
Getting there
There are local buses that pass by the Museum from any part of the town. There is also a bus stop across the road from the museum.
Opening Days
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Opening Time
10:00 a.m.
Closing Time
05:00 p.m.
Other Information
Closed on all public holidays