Kohima State Museum offers tourists 360 degree insight into the history and culture of Nagaland and the tribes. Established in the year 1970 by the government of Nagaland, this museum is located at Bayavü Hill, about one-and-a-half kilometres from the heart of the town. The museum showcases various aspects of Naga life and tradition, including their arts and artefacts, ancient weaponry, colourful traditional dresses, Naga cuisine amongst others.
The museum has a rare collection of precious stones including cornelian, tourmaline, coral and other artefacts made out of brass and silver bells. Apart from this ceremonial attire of various Naga tribes, their musical instruments are also on display, including the log drum and Tati, which is a single-stringed instrument. The models of the Naga morung or the traditional huts of the different tribes are some of the biggest attractions of the museum.