The front side of the museum looks beautiful because of the brushes of British architecture and lawns.
Upon entering from the main gate you will feel greeted by the half-giant figures of yakshas, placed like doorkeepers. The museum has Archaeological, Art, Anthropological, Geological, Industrial, and Zoological sections spreading along three floors. You can collect maps from the ground floor. A large quadrangle surrounding space is placed centrally, around which various sections of collections are arranged on three floors.
On the ground floor, you will find the Archaeological section of the Mediaeval Age. Sculptures of different Indian schools (from the beginning of the Christian era to AD 1200 and from java and Cambodia) are arranged in 20 bays.
On the second floor, in the east verandah, you will find sculptures of the Sunga dynasty (2nd century BC), the Buddhas, and the protean avatars of Vishnu. You also find here a portrait of the first superintendent John Anderson hanging on the wall.
In the Egyptian Gallery, a 4000 years old mummy is placed in the center.
In the zoological Gallery, various collections of different kinds of species of animals are arranged for display.
There are several galleries of collections. Bharhut Gallery (architectural collections), Bird Gallery, Botanical Garden, Bronze Gallery, Coin Gallery, Decorative Art Gallery (collections of handicrafts are available), Egypt Gallery, (collections of sculptures), Insect Gallery, L. Archaeological Gallery (collections of sculptural evolution of India), Mammal Gallery, Mask Gallery (opened in 2016), Paintings Gallery, and Textile gallery.