Don Bosco Museum

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    Location: Mawlai Phudmuri, Mawlai Mawdatbaki, Shillong, Meghalaya 793008, India.

    Visiting Time: 2 to 3 hours (approximately).

    The famous Don Bosco Museum is situated in the city of Shillong, under the state of Meghalaya, in the North-East part of India. It is known as Asia’s largest Museum of Indigenous Cultures. This museum is the house of the beautiful tradition and culture of NorthEast India. It is located near the Police Bazar in the Mawlai area. It is a seven-story building that rises into the skyline of the city. It has many galleries that showcase paintings, artifacts, and fingers significant to northeastern culture. While visiting this museum you can have a glimpse of the lifestyle of the people of the northeast part of India.


    Don Bosco Museum is more of an Institute than a museum. There are 16 galleries in total which showcase different things. You can gain a lot of knowledge while visiting this museum about many different things. It is the largest of Asia’s Museum of Indigenous Cultures. You can have a glimpse of the rich cultural lifestyle of the indigenous people of the northeast. It is a must-visit place in Shillong.

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    The Museum has a huge significance. The Museum has been toured by the eminent people of Rajya Sabha and also by the princess of Thailand.

    The Museum has a huge significance. The Museum has been toured by the eminent people of Rajya Sabha and also by the princess of Thailand. It has its own publications, research wing, newsletters, and cultural calendar. This museum is built in a hexagonal shape. That is the reason why it is referred to as Shillong’s architectural pride. Competitive events are held on the premises of this museum. Scholars, musicians, writers, and lyricists from all over the country come to participate in them.

    Inside/Outside Views

    There are 16 galleries in this museum. Each of them is different in its own way. They are as follows-

    • Agriculture Galleri
    • Art Gallery
    • Basketry Gallery
    • Ornaments and Jewellery Gallery
    • Fishing and Hunting Gallery
    • Food Gallery
    • Housing Gallery
    • Introductory and Prehistory Gallery
    • Land and People Gallery
    • Language Museum
    • Mission and Culture Gallery
    • Musical Instruments Gallery
    • Photo Gallery
    • Culture and Religion Gallery
    • Alcoves Gallery

    Opening Hours

    Saturday        9 AM – 4:30 PM

    Sunday                Closed

    Monday          9 AM – 4:30 PM

    Tuesday          9 AM – 4:30 PM

    Wednesday    9 AM – 4:30 PM

    Thursday        9 AM – 4:30 PM

    Friday             9 AM – 4:30 PM

    Entry & Others Fees

    • Entry fee for Foreigners: Rs.200 (per person)
    • Entry fee for Indians: Rs. 100 (per person)
    • The entry fee for Indian students is Rs. 50 (per person)
    • The entry fee for foreign students is Rs. 150 (per person)

    How to Reach

    By Air: The nearest airport to this Don Bosco Museum is the Umroi Airport near Barapani. It is located at a distance of 28.2 km from this park. It has limited connections with other cities in the country. You can find any local transport to reach your destination at the airport.

    By Rail: The nearest railway station to Don Bosco Museum is in Guwahati. Which is about 93.6 km away from the Museum. It is well connected with the other major cities of the country. You will find taxis and cabs at the railway station. By hiring them you can reach the famous museum easily.

    Tips for Travellers

    You should carry a water bottle and some snacks on this trip.


    Que: Is it a safe place for tourists?

    Ans: Yes, it is a safe place for tourists. You can go there without any doubt. For your help, here is the local police station information-

    Location: Police Bazar, Shillong, Meghalaya 793001, India

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    Que: Is photography allowed inside Don Bosco Museum?

    Ans: No cameras are not allowed inside the Don Bosco Museum. You can’t take any pictures there.

    Que: When is the best time to visit Don Bosco Museum?

    Ans: The perfect time to visit the Don Bosco Museum in Shillong is from September to May. During this time of year, the weather in the city remains very pleasant and travel-friendly. So it would be the best time.



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