Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sanghralaya in Bhopal is located on 200 acres of the Shamla Hills and offers a panoramic view of the Upper Lake. The sanghralya boasts of being the largest open air anthropological museum in the country and was opened in 1977 with the aim of educating people by taking them through the history of mankind. For this purpose, the museum organizes a number of open air as well as indoor exhibitions throughout the year.
The exhibitions that are held at the museum offer a deep insight into the rich cultural heritage of India and showcase the variety of art and architecture that existed in ancient India. The museum is perhaps the only of its kind in India that shows pre-historic rock paintings with lengthy information about each.
The indoor museum is known as Veethi Sankul and has 13 galleries that cover many topics with regards to the evolution of mankind both biologically and culturally. The galleries are an important tourist attraction of the museum.