Puducherry Museum, locally known as Pondi Museum, is located in Bharathi Park, Pondicherry. It displays a wide range of artworks and tells the story of the city’s rich cultural heritage. The museum is well known among history buffs and travellers visiting Pondicherry. Artefacts such as stones, jewellery, coins and statues excavated from the Arikamedu heritage site are displayed in the museum. These illustrate the importance of Pondicherry as a trading port from the 1st century BC to the 2nd century BC. It was a famous maritime centre during that period, serving the traders of the Romans, Cholas and French. Ruins from that period have been excavated by the Archaeological Survey of India at Arikamedu. Bronze statues and stone sculptures depicting the vibrant life of the Pallava, and Chola dynasties are also displayed in the museum. You can also see remnants of French colonial rule in the city. It is known for relics in the form of furniture and other church items. The Puducherry Museum gives you an opportunity to marvel at the diversity of Pondicherry’s history and understand its impact on the city’s culture.