The Manipur State Museum has established to preserve the rich culture and heritage of Manipur. Inaugurated by Late Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India in 1969, the Manipur State Museum is a storehouse of information on archaeology, ethnology, natural history, Jallan and painting.
Located close to the Polo grounds in Kangla, tourists can easily plan a visit to all these places in a single day. One of the prominent artefacts in the museum is the Hiyang Hiren (The Royal Boat), a 78 feet long boat that is displayed in the open gallery. The museum has several other galleries, each providing information on different subjects.
The Manipur State Museum regularly organises activities and programmes on culture, biology and museum awareness. Mobile exhibitions and science fairs are also organised by the state museum. The Museum is opened Monday to Saturday (except holidays) from 10 am to 4:30 pm.