The Assam State Museum, situated in the heart of Guwahati city, is the pride of Northeast India. It displays various aspects of our rich cultural heritage, through the lifestyle of both ancient and modern generations of the region. The museum completed 74 years of its glorious journey on 21 April, 2014.
This unique museum has some rare artifacts from the Ahom period and also from some of the other royal dynasties of ancient Assam. It has contributed to Guwahati being a tourist hub in the entire region, since its inauguration on 2 April, 1940.
Some interesting artifacts that are displayed there are prehistoric sculptures, tribal artifacts, terracotta objects, copperplate inscriptions, golden coins and ammunitions belonging to various Ahom Periods, the Second World War relics etc. One of the prime attractions displayed in the museum are the reconstructed ethnic huts. The moment when you pass the ethnic huts, you feel like you are entering a typical Assamese village.
Assam State Museum today is not only a priceless treasure house, but it is also an incredible research hub especially for history enthusiasts. At present, the museum houses over 14000 different kinds of objects, of which about 5000 are displayed. The museum also has a coin-cabinet which holds more than 6000 coins of different ancient periods including the mighty Ahom Dynasty. A large number of visitors, ranging from students to householders, regularly visit the museum to observe its rare and priceless collections.
Words: Sujit Ranjan Kashyap