Tourists visiting Badami must visit Archaeological Museum, which is among the main attractions of the town. This museum was built by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1979 and was initially used for preserving inscriptions, sculptures and explored material. However, in 1982, it was converted into a museum that exhibits a unique set of local sculptures. While taking a tour of the museum, they can see Lajja-Gauri figures of a fertility cult along with the primeval inscriptions that were made between 6th and 16th centuries.
This museum has four galleries that showcase Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu sculptures in different forms, Lord Ganpati and several scenes depicting Bhagwad Gita. A beautiful statue of Nandi, the ride of Lord Shiva, is placed at the entrance of the museum. This museum has four galleries; two are open, one in the front and one in the veranda. Shidlaphadi Cave is one of the galleries that reminds visitors of an ancient rock shelter. Along with stone artefacts, this gallery also displays prehistoric art and several inscriptions. There is an open veranda gallery where tourists can see hero stones, an attractive pair of Dwarapalaka images and inscriptions. Several epigraphs and architectural displays are present in the new gallery of the museum.