Archaeological Museum Kurnool
In 1965, when Government of Andhra Pradesh wanted to construct Srisailam Reservoir Project nearly 110 villages were submerged. At that time, the Department of Archaeology & Museums took up the salvage programme and many temples nearby Kurnool and Mahaboobnagar were reconstructed in safe places and many stone sculptures were recovered. In that process nearly 200 stone sculptures were recovered in Kurnool District. To restore them in a nearby place the Government took steps to construct an Archaeological Museum at Budhavarpupeta nearby the right bank of Handri River, Kurnool.
After completing the construction and display the District Archaeological Museum, Kurnool was thrown open to public on 31-8-1999. The displayed antiquities are such as stone sculptures, Pre, Proto and Early-Historic Archaeological Artifacts, Pottery, Bronzes, Arms & Weapons, Paintings, Inscriptions of local and collections of Department. In the salvaged stone sculptures nearly 106 were displayed on Cement Pedestals in and around the Museum Hall within the compound wall. The remaining architectural members such as Door Jambs, Lintels and Pillars were kept in the open place of backyard of the Museum.
In 2009, heavy floods were occurred in Kurnool and the Museum and inside antiquities displayed in wooden show cases were damaged as the Museum is situated on the banks of Handri River and now it is opened in April, 2017 after renovation and repairs. The stone sculptures belonging Chalukyan to Vijayanagara periods were again erected on the newly constructed pedestals. Now the District Archaeological Museum, Kurnool is consisting nearly 946 antiquities such as Stone Sculptures, Pre & Proto Artifacts, Bronzes, Bidriware, Coins, Arms & Weapons, Pottery, Beads, Terracotta’s, Ajanta Paintings, Miniature Paintings datable from 2 lakhs years B.C to 18th Century A.D.
Visitor Facilities : Clean, cool drinking water and good toilets are available.
Timings : The Museum is open from 10.30 AM to 5.00 PM and closed on Fridays and Public Holidays.
Entry Fee : Rs.3/- for adults and Rs.1/- for children
Archaeological Museum Kurnool Gallery
Office of the Commissioner,
Department of Archaeology & Museums,
Government of Andhra Pradesh
Bapu Museum,M.G. Road, Vijayawada (Urban),
Pin Code: 520002.
Phone #: 0866-2577986.
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