The Shimla State Museum has a good collection of ancient historical sculptures, paintings, coins, handicrafts, photos, and other items from all over the state as well as from outside. It is located 2.5 km west of the scandal point (a place on Mall road) and is open every day except on Mondays and public holidays. The state museum is built in colonial style with sprawling gardens all around and is one of the best places to visit in Shimla. It was opened in 1974 with just four galleries; later more galleries have been added here and currently there are more than 9000 objects in the collection. Some of the popular galleries present here are Indian archeology, Himachal archaeology, Pre historic objects, Wood Carvings, Monuments, Photographs, Bronzes, Arms Gallery, Gandhi Gallery, Philatelic, Anthropological, Pahari Miniature Paintings, Rajasthan Paintings, Contemporary Art, and Wall Paintings Gallery.

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