Museum of Tribal Art and Artefacts in Bhubaneswar in the state of Odisha is one of its kinds. Not many such museums are available through the country. It was labelled as ‘Museum of Man’ which was established in the year 1953. Its galleries are filled with elements displaying the life of the tribal of Odisha. Traditional costumes, bead ornaments, heavy coins, traditional murals, coin necklaces, broad headdresses and musical instruments are some of the items showcased in various sections of the museum.
The hunting equipment like bows and arrows, axes, traps for birds and fish are also displayed which indicates the life style of the tribal groups in Odisha. Initially, 5 authentic tribal dwelling were constructed by tribal craftsmen. Other tribal artefacts were also on display for its visitors which represent tribal communities Santhal, Juang, Gadaba, Kandha and Saora. There are well researched objects and artefacts focusing on the cultural life the 62 tribal groups of Odisha.
The Museum of Tribal Art and Artefacts is laid on a 12 acre of land maintained and run by the Tribal Research and Training Institute. Terracotta items are also found along with artefacts related to defence, agricultural and household objects and tools. Traditional costume of various tribes like the ‘ringa’ of the Bonda tribe, ‘gatungcap’ of the Lanjia Saora and ‘phutesari’ of the Santhal communities are quite interesting. People interested in anthropology will be thrilled to find such wonderful collection of the tribal culture in Odisha. The superb museum is 5 minutes walk from Azad Marg in Bhubaneswar which is a must visit to enlighten us to get connected with our roots.
Bhubaneswar Tribal Museum open at open at 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
10 INR per Indian Visitors and 100 INR per Foreign Visitors
Closed on every Mondays