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Address: Varanasi Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, India

The museum has a great collection of clay and bronze sculpture, paintings,...

The museum has a great collection of clay and bronze sculpture, paintings, silks and embroidered textiles.

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A gem of a museum on a university campus

Well worth the trip with old and modern art and artifacts as well as a good overview of the founding of Banaras Hindu University.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 16, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is not as big and bold as the museum at Sarnath, but it is quite and simple located on Banaras Hindu University Campus. From here you can walk to the new Viswanath Temple in 15 minutes. OK it is a history and cultural museum, not for kids.

Thank DealMayhem
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2016

Well worth the trip with old and modern art and artifacts as well as a good overview of the founding of Banaras Hindu University.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2016

visit to the university is a different pace and vision from the tumult of the river and town. quiet, well manicured and peaceful, we regained our composure here

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Reno, Nevada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016

This two story building has many exhibits including: coins, textile, paintings, carvings, photos, and statues. Some of the articles are so valuable that they are a walk-in safe. However, one has to check their camera before entering as no photo taking is allowed.

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National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2016

Not very famous.Rickshaw may not know here.So go to the university, there is a need to switch to Cycle Reckshaw.Good to break because there is a photograph or a picture.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2016

Lots of paintings, idols, antique coins, jewellery etc. can be seen. But i advise only for those who like to see antique things and art lover.

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Dharamsala, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2016

As usual, foreigners have to pay a lot more than Indians to get in, but there's a lot to see here, so I'd still recommend it. Located inside the BHU campus in a beautiful old building (not that far from Assi ghat, so you could take a rickshaw fro there), there are various galleries dedicated to different artists, crafts and... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2016

On your Varanasi trip, you must visit the Benares Hindu University campus. It’s a very beautiful campus.On the BHU campus is Bharat Kala Bhavan , a roomy museum with a wonderful collection of miniature paintings, as well as 12th-century palm-leaf manuscripts, sculptures and local history displays. No cameras allowed.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2015

Of all schools of art in India - the Deccani, Pahari, Rajasthan, Mughal, Jammu, and many others. All well displayed. I also liked the exposition on the life and works of Alice Boner on the first floor. Sculptures are plenty but documenting them and display can be improved. This is something that art students and historians and general museum lovers... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Situated inside the huge campus space of BHU (Banaras HinduUniversity) Bharat Kala Bhavan museum is a must see. I feel the existence of this place is a little less known than it ought to. Sure the entrance is not grand and the staff is not super welcoming. But, with artefacts dating back to the 2nd century, this museum has a... More 

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