Lothal Museum

Lothal Museum is a popular museum in western India. It is based in Gujarat and has been established for displaying various artifacts of Indus valley civilization that include jewellery, toys, measures and weighs along with intricate seals. The museum also comprises of other interesting pieces of objects that have been obtained from the ruins site of Lothal region in Gujarat. Those who have deep interest in the history of Indus valley civilization must come to this place to enrich their knowledge and see various archaeological specimens of the civilization. So the museum is one of the few places to visit in Gujarat.

Visitors can see rare piece of objects like steatite seals depicting inscriptions and unicorn motifs, seal resembling Persian Gulf, terracotta bull, perforated jar, bangles, fish hook of bronze, chess dice, ivory scale, model mummy and boat and many more. This museum also contains a reference library with publication counter to sell the publication of the archaeological monuments and artifacts. This museum is one of the places of attractions in Gujarat for the students pursuing research on Indus valley Civilization.

History

This museum came into existence in the year of 1976 to exhibit and preserve the recovered artifacts from archaeological excavations that were conducted during the period of 1952-61. Overall this museum comprises of three distinct galleries where tourists have the chance to obtain many useful information about the civilization. The front gallery showcases the amazing model of the Harappan Lothal town based on the impressions of the artist. It is also full of various maps and introductory write ups regarding the site. The second gallery which is situated at the lefty side of the museum contains potteries, tools, bronze objects, ivory and shell objects, sealings and seal replicas, terracotta ornaments and beads that were obtained during time of excavations. The third gallery comprises of bricks, miniature potteries, ritual and burial objects, human and animal figurines etc. Presently the museum exhibits artifacts about 800 objects for public display.

Where is it located?

This museum is situated in Lothal area of Ahmedabad at a distance of about 80 kilometers. From the nearby road of Rajkot Junction, the distance will be about 173 km to reach the museum via NH8A. It will approximately take 100 km to reach the place from the nearest road of Bhavnagar airport via Pipali-Bhavnagar Highway. Barring Friday, the museum is opened everyday from 10 am-5 pm.

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