Amazing Sanchi Archaeological Museum in Madhya Pradesh

Amazing Sanchi Archaeological Museum

The Sanchi Archaeological Museum located within a kilometre of the famous Sanchi Stupa is a must-visit place in Sanch, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Sanchi Archaeological Museum

The Sanchi Stupa stands somnolently surrounded by greenery, literally as a silent chronicle of the growth of Buddhism in India. Not far away the Sanchi Archaeological Museum weaves a fascinating story of the region through its rich collection of sculptures and other artefacts. The Sanchi Museum was established in 1919 by Sir John Marshall.

Sanchi Archaeological Museum – Where Sculptures Weave Stories

Sanchi Archaeological Museum
Sanchi Archaeological Museum

The ASI Sanch Museum is a treasure trove not to be missed by connoisseurs of history and archaeology. It houses a priceless collection of sculptures that span the Mauryan, Sunga, Satvahana, Kushan, Gupta, and Late Gupta periods. The time span covered is from 300 BCE to about 700 CE.

The collection at the Sanchi museum is predominantly from Sanchi and its surrounding areas like Vidisha, Gulgaon, Murelkhurd, and Gyaraspur.

The Exhibits of Sanchi Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum Sanchi consists of a Main Hall and three subsidiary galleries. However, there are exhibits that are displayed along the Verandah as well as the open courtyards. Visiting the Sanchi museum is like taking a walk back in history right up to the year 300 BCE.

Sanchi Archaeological Museum – Main Hall

Sanchi Archaeological Museum
Sanchi Archaeological Museum

The Main Hall of the ASI Museum Sanchi houses exhibits that can be broadly divided into six categories based on the cultural periods to which they belong. The artefacts in the Main Hall of the Archaeological Museum in Sanchi are from the Mauryan Period, The Sunga Period, the Satvahana Period, the Kushana Period, the Gupta Period, and the late Gupta period.

Important Exhibits In The Main Hall – Sanchi Archaeological Museum

Sanchi Archaeological Museum
Sanchi Archaeological Museum
  • Bodhisattva Vajrapani is a massive sculpture of Vajrapani who is one of the earliest Bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism, the sculpture though is broken at the thighs and the arms, but can be seen in a standing posture
  • A Lion Capital dating back to the 3rd Century BCE awes visitors with its impressive appearance, the Lion Capital is a hallmark of Mauryan architecture and consists of four lions standing back to back
  • Bodhisattva Padmapani comes to life in another impressive sculpture where he can be seen holding a lotus in one hand, standing perfectly balanced in the Sama Bhanga posture
  • A Seated Buddha sculpture deep in meditation, his face radiating serenity can be seen at the Main Hall, the Buddha has a rounded face with curly hair and the hint of a smile on his lips
  • The sculpture of a Yakshi in a Tribhanga posture mesmerizes visitors with its beautifully balanced and fluid-structure, the sculpture dates back to the Satavahana Period
  • Nagaraja or Serpent King can be seen in the form of a human in a sculpture that belongs to the Post Gupta period, the human figure of the serpent king is covered by snake hood, only five snake heads have survived the vagaries of time and nature

Archaeological Museum Sanchi – Galleries

Sanchi Archaeological Museum
Sanchi Archaeological Museum – Gallery

The Gallery-1 of the Sanchi Museum showcases Buddhist sculptures from the late medieval and also the Gupta periods. The second gallery houses mini sculptures from the 3rd Century BCE to the 12th Century AD as well as artifacts from the medieval period.

Important Exhibits In The Galleries – Archaeological Museum Sanchi

Sanchi Archaeological Museum
Sanchi Archaeological Museum
  • Sthanaka Buddha is a massive Buddha sculpture that dates back to the Post Gupta period, Buddha is seen in a standing posture in this sculpture
  • Seated Buddha is a sculpture from the Gupta Period, Buddha is seen seated on a Padma Pitha in a meditative posture
  • Votive Stupa has a base with figures of Buddha in meditative posture in the cardinal directions, however, the sculpture has only three of the Buddha sculptures, while the fourth one is missing
  • Sthanaka Vishnu is a mini-sculpture of the Hindu God Vishnu in a standing position, the sculpture dates back to the 10th or 11th Century AD
  • Dancing Lady is the sculpture of a lady in dance pose accompanied by a drummer and a singer, the sculpture is believed to date back to the 10th or 11th Century AD

Archaeological Museum Sanchi – Quick Facts

Sanchi Archaeological Museum
Sanchi Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum Sanchi Address

The address of the Archaeological Museum Sanchi is; NH-86, Near Sanchi Stupa, District Raisen, Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh 464661.

Archaeological Museum Sanchi Timings

The Sanchi Museum is open from 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM on all days except Fridays when the museum is closed.

Archaeological Museum Sanchi Location

The Archaeological Museum Sanchi is at less than a kilometre distance from the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Buddhist Monument at Sanchi (Sanchi Stupa).

How To Reach Archaeological Museum Sanchi 

Sanchi Archaeological Museum

  • The Archaeological Museum of Sanchi is located in Sanchi in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Sanchi is located at a distance of 49 kilometres from Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, India
  • The famous town of Khajuraho known for its beautiful temples is at a distance of about 324 kilometres from Sanchi

Reaching Sanchi By Air

The nearest airport to Sanchi is Bhopal’s Raja Bhoj Airport located at a distance of 55 kilometres. Bhopal is fairly well connected to cities across India by air. There are flights to and from places like Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, etc., at the Bhopal Airport.

Reaching Sanchi By Rail

There is a small railway station in Sanch which currently does not have many facilities. It is being developed for better services. The best option of your thinking of travelling by train is to travel to Bhopal by train and then proceed by road to Sanchi.

Reaching Sanchi By Road

Sanchi is well connected by road with major towns and cities of Madhya Pradesh and India. You can use Public Transport or hire a cab or do a road trip to Sanchi.

If you are planning a trip to Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh, India to see the famous Sanchi Stupa and the Sanchi Archaeological Museum, then you can very conveniently book a cheap flight right here through one of the options, TripAdvisor or CheapAir or Cleartrip or Makemytrip or Priceline right here. If you are planning to travel by road from Bhopal to Sanchi, some of the options are by self-drive car or cab or bus.

Where To Stay While Visiting The Sanchi Museum

Sanchi Archaeological Museum
Sanchi Archaeological Museum

There are many options for staying at Sanchi. We stayed at the MPT Gateway Retreat, a beautiful property owned and run by Madhya Pradesh Tourism. The property is located just off the main road and consists of comfortably appointed cottages set in the midst of a lovely garden. There is a swimming pool too along with a fitness centre. The property also served lovely, authentic, traditional food.

If you are looking to book a hotel in Sanchi or a resort in Sanchi or accommodation anywhere in Madhya Pradesh or India or the world,  you can do that right here. You can book Sanchi hotels through TripAdvisor or Cleartrip or Makemytrip or Priceline and save on your bookings by availing of discounts.

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 Other Places To Visit Near Sanchi 

Madhya Pradesh is a veritable treasure trove of heritage. There are many attractions that one can enjoy when in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Here are some of the places that you should visit that are near Sanchi.

  • Sanchi Stupa
  • Udayagiri Caves
  • Vidisha
  • Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh is rich in heritage and also has many natural wonders that include Tiger Reserves like Kanha and Pench,  if you are trying to decide on what to see in MP or what to do in Madhya Pradesh, then look no further. Book online places to see in Madhya Pradesh and cover attractions in Bhopal and MP.

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14 thoughts on “Amazing Sanchi Archaeological Museum in Madhya Pradesh”

  1. I have never been to this museum but will make sure to visit this place in my next India trip. I go to Bhopal in every India stay as my in-laws are from Bhopal. Now when my kids are also at an understandable age, I think this will make a good spot to visit.

  2. Sanchi Archaeological Museum sounds like an amazing place to explore and enjoy priceless collection of sculptures. loved all the pics and thank you so much for sharing all needed details. as usual, an informative travel blog.

  3. I have been thinking of visiting Sanchi for many years. It was good to read about the museum. This helps me plan a better itinerary as I know how much time I should keep for the region.

  4. I have always wanted to visit Sanchi because of the archaeological and historical importance. You have explained beautifully the details of of this historic place. Thanks thanks for sharing☺️

  5. Museums trips are really great as its one of the places where the old and new meets. Seeing how about things used by people before use is always fascinating and makes you appreciate what we have nowadays.

  6. I never see about Amazing Sanchi Archaeological Museum In Madhya Pradesh. I am reading to liked it. I am glad to know you shared that. This place so amazing and enjoying.

  7. The sculptures look priceless. The sanchi archaeological museum looks like must visit place me. So glad that you shared it☺️

  8. I visited there but you described so so accurately..Once again I went there and all came in front of my many things are to see in’s beautiful and underrated state for travelling.

  9. It was good to read about the museum. I enjoy visiting such museums as they always remind me that how great our art is. Would love to visit with the kids. You captured all photos beautifully ✌.

  10. I have been to Sachi when I was a kid. I don’t remember whether this museum was there that time but it is so beautiful and maintained well

  11. I never been to Madhya Pradesh and really want to see the beauty of our Indian states and cities…thanks for always sharing such informative posts.

  12. I love going to museums thetr are so many great museums in India like kelkar museum in Pune, national museum in Delhi or salar jung in hyderabad.
    If i go to sanchi will isn’t this museum too.

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