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“Definitely worth a visit”

Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures
Ranked #1 of 52 things to do in Shillong
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Acclaimed as one the finest museum in Asia on the promotion of indigenous and tribal cultures, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC) or Don Bosco Museum as it is popularly known is a major tourists' attraction that provides a glimpse of the rich and multi-cultural lifestyles, history and traditions of the indigenous peoples of North East India. The museum, showcasing many galleries, gives an insight into the beautiful and diverse cultural richness of the eight States of India's North East under one roof. The Museum, run by the Salesian of Don Bosco of the Catholic Church, houses and documents the various indigenous cultures, arts and crafts of North East India.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed November 22, 2013

Were told we needed a couple of hours to cover the place, but we took 4-5 hours. Very well presented, lots of interactive media, helpful staff, even normally culturally- challenged kids got hooked! The song recording playing in the instrument room...so haunting. Loved it!

1  Thank Jules-Verne007
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

very well organised do not miss the sky walk when u r there. large collection and be ready to spend some time there.

1  Thank renny t
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

Not knowing what to expect, the whole visit was a marvellous surprise, right up to the Sky Walk to look out over Shillong. This is a passionate portrayal of the ethnic peoples of the northeast, their origins and their neighbours. Seven floors of mind-blowing attention to detail to a scientific degree. Language origins, lifestyles and religions are all given truly wonderful presentation. Full marks for this learned production, a must for visitors who will gain deep knowledge of the area they are visiting. Each display area is themed with simple-to understand narratives. Bravo Don Bosco Centre and thank you for a wonderful half day.

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Reviewed November 12, 2013

Yes, i am sure it took lot of efforts to come with 7 floors full of exhibits and even maintain it. Loads of information on the Seven Sisters right from their type of houses to facial type to clothes to a million things.

However if you're not interested in art/culture/history like me you would get utterly bored. In shillong i preferred being amidst the clouds and nature than the museum. That's just my opinion. Feel free to explore if you wish.

2  Thank Ecokats
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

I will request all Shillong Visitors to explore Don Bosco Center for Indigenous Cultures. If you want to know the history of North Eastern Regions of India, If you are interested about the ancient livelyhood of the tribal people here - please do visit the galleries.

Introductory and Historic Gallery, Alcoves Gallery and Culture Gallery are just excellent. From the Weapon Gallery, Costume and Ornamental Gallery, Art & Media Gallery, Religion - Cultural Gallery you will surely get some new informations. I love the musical instrument collections over at Musical Instruments Gallery.

You can experience the Skywalk on the rooftop of the museum. Safe & Secured for children. I have bought lot of books from the sell counter. A small refreshment room can rejuvenate you after a 7 storied exploration. Worth Visit. Can Try.

1  Thank nilanjanbasu
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