Don Bosco Museum
Museum / Gallery
At a distance of 3 km from Shillong Bus Stand, Don Bosco Center for Indigenous Cultures is a well-known museum situated within the Sacred Heart Church premises in Shillong. Also known as Don Bosco Museum, it is one of the most popular museums in Shillong and among the must visit Tourist Places in Shillong.
Opened in 2003, Don Bosco Museum is a privately owned museum under the control of Salesian order of the Catholic Church which enlightens the history and culture of the north eastern states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. It is a three-in-one institution that combines a museum with a research and publication center. With its vast collection of artifacts spreading over several galleries, the museum acts as the cultural and historical treasure trove of North-East India.
The Museum is a hexagonal shaped seven-storey building brimming with art & culture. It houses 17 well-laid out galleries of the international standard containing fibre glass figures, paintings, artefacts, music instruments, costumes, ornaments and a lot more. Some of the galleries one can see here are language gallery, photo gallery, agriculture gallery and musical instruments gallery. Besides, the visitors can witness some of the rare dance forms of the Northeast at the top most storey of the museum.
Apart from the galleries, the center also carries out research, issues publications and hosts a well-stocked library for the benefit of visitors, students and scholars. The research center, known as the North Eastern Institute for Research in Anthropology (NEIRA) plays as a hub to study different themes relating to diverse facets of India's North Eastern region. The library currently houses about 110,473 volumes dealing with study and cultural aspects of North East India. The museum also welcomes its visitors to have a breathtaking view of Shillong City from the Museum's skywalk.
Timings: 9 AM - 5.30 PM summer & 9 AM - 4.30 PM in winter, Closed on Sundays
Entry Fee: Rs. 100 for Indians & Rs. 200 for Foreigners