Archaeological Museum

Museum in Sanchi

This fine museum has a small collection of sculptures from the site. The centrepiece is the 3rd-century-BC lions-on-lotus capital from the Ashoka-era Pillar 10. Other highlights include a yakshi (mythical fairy-like being) hanging from a mango tree, and beautifully serene Buddha figures in red sandstone. There are also some interesting photos showing the site pre-restoration. Admission is with a ticket for the monuments compound.

Next door is the preserved Gothic-style ‘bungalow’ of Sir John Marshall, the director of the Archaeological Survey of India who led the excavation and restoration of Sanchi in 1912-19.

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