Travellers are 'recommended' to visit Folklore Museum that is located in the beautiful Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion on their trip to Mysore. Founded in 1968, this museum houses 6500 folklore articles, marionettes, South Indian playthings and household objects. Along with these, the museum also displays different elements of dance, drama and music.
The gallery of museum is segregated into the various sections that exhibit large dolls, folklore, literature, art and folklife. The doll section of museum displays dolls of different sizes that were used in dances such as Talebhutha, Kaibhutha, Maari, Soma and Gadi Maari. Several tools used by fishermen, potters, boatmen, blacksmiths, goldsmiths, farmers, cobblers and other artisans are displayed at the Folklife section of this museum. Additionally, this section features weapons, lamps, cooking utensils, agriculture implements, churns, pots, beads and baskets.
The folklore wing of the museum displays costumes of Yakshagana, Katakali, Andra Pradesh folk dramatists, a unique Hanuman crown and many other objects. Tourists can visit this museum from Monday to Saturday between 10 am to 5 pm and is closed on Sundays and second Saturday of every month.