Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art


This dusty little museum is worth the nominal entry fee if you're visiting the nearby Hadimba temple. Its most interesting feature is the case of models showing the construction of temples and forts in and around the Kullu Valley.

There are also traditional textiles, musical instruments, dance masks, domestic and artisans' utensils and masks representing devtas (village deities).

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