At a distance of 200 meters from Aihole Bus Stand and 100 meters east of Durga Temple, the Archaeological Museum inside the Durga Temple complex houses good collection of artifacts from Aihole, Pattadakal and Badami regions.
Planned as a sculpture shed in 1970, it was converted into a full-blown museum in 1987. The museum consists of 6 galleries and an open-air gallery. The artifacts in the museum are dated between 6th and 15th centuries. A variety of Ganesha sculptures, Saptamatrikas with archaic features, Nataraja, Ambika of Jaina affinity, attractive sculpture of Bodhisatva and a mutilated anthropomorphic figure of Megalithic period are some of the important exhibits.
One of the galleries accommodates bird's eye view model of Aihole and its environs (Malaprabha valley) with location of various monuments. The exhibits comprise of sculpture of Saiva, Vaishnava, Jaina and Buddhist affinity. The objects displayed reflect Chalukyan style of art and architecture besides socio-religious and cultural aspects of the early medieval period.
Complex Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Friday.
Entrance: Rs. 5, Rs. 25 for camera.