The Government Museum and Art Gallery is one of the most renowned museums in India because of the unique collection of art objects, paintings and sculptures like miniature paintings from Pahari, Rajasthan and Gandharan sculptures. This museum owes most of its exhibits to the partition of India in 1948 when nearly 40 percent of objects were brought here from Lahore Museum. The museum was inaugurated in 1968 and is situated in the heart of Chandigarh with a sprawling campus. The Museum has four major wings like the art gallery, the national history museum, the national gallery of portraits and the Chandigarh architecture museum.
The artifacts exhibited in this wonderful museum are arranged in separate art galleries in accordance with its antiquity. These galleries are divided into contemporary art gallery, Decorative Arts and Coins, Gandhara and Hindu sculptures and Miniature paintings.
The plan is based on gridiron system of beams and columns. The main building consists of a large visiting room, lobby, conservation laboratory, reserve collection storage, temporary exhibition hall, auditorium and cafeteria. Top lighting system provided to the museum is also a noteworthy factor. Pre-historic fossils and other artifacts put on display are really worthy and this is a recommended place of visit. The reference library houses a vast collection of over 6000 odd books on culture and art.