The Allahabad museum was built in 1931 and is funded by the Ministry of Culture. The museum enjoys the reputation of being one of the finest in terms of the unique objects of art which it houses.
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The museum is located near another of the city’s attraction - the Chandra Shekar Azab park. Inaugurated in 1947, the year India became independent, the museum has 18 separate galleries dedicated to archaeological findings, natural history exhibits, art gallery, and terracotta artefacts. It also has on display some of the documents and personal items of Jawaharlal Nehru and memorabilia related to Indian freedom movement.
The museum also displays antiques and works of arts from renowned schools of sculpture such as Gandhara, Mathura, Kausambi, and Saranath. Another highlight is the coin collection from ancient India including gold coins from Kushana and Gupta periods.