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“Simply the best”

Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures
Ranked #1 of 51 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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Thiruvalla, India
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Simply the best”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

I have never seen a better organized and maintained museum in my life. Gives us an overall picture of the various cultures of North East India. Every inch of the place utilised to the maximum, The city view walk way is the best example. The video presentation was superb. Unexplainably the best museum. Had a a chat with the Director Rev.Fr.Joseph. Its a Must visit place in your lifetime.

Visited March 2014
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
“Well done”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

The 5 floors of exhibits are very well done and represent the whole of North East India. The staff are very friendly and ready to help and want you to complete the whole museum even to doing a round of the roof.

Visited March 2014
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A Museum worth visiting”
Reviewed March 24, 2014

I am not a big museum fan, but was happy that I did not miss out on this place. The attention to details in this museum covering the complete history and culture of the North East states was simply fantastic. Dont miss out during your visit to the state.

Visited March 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Complete Know How About Assam”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

Nice Place for a one time visit - Spread in around 7 odd floors & would take easily an hour to take the complete trip of the same. Must Visit for one time - Shows u entire Assam - Their Culture - How it was formed - Types of Houses - Types of People & Community - What they do. etc.

Visited March 2014
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“Splendid Museum created with passion and purpose”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

Don Bosco Museum at Mawlai is one of the top most tourist attraction of Shillong.The approach to the place is through narrow winding lanes . Entrance to the Museum is imposing. The place is meticulously maintained and clean. After the entry tickets are checked, the visitors are assembled in a ground floor lobby and instructed how to go about on the seven floors of the museum. Multimedia help is available on each floor to educate the visitors.
The place is quiet and tranquil. Displays are crisp and well labelled. Various floors are allocated to a particular state and region showcasing the developmental evolution, culture,robes, weaponry, musical instruments and social mores of various ethnic groups. Lots of research and painstaking efforts have gone into collecting and organising displays. On the terrace of the top floor is a thrilling tunnel of metallic cage , fondly called " the Skywalk ". it commands panoramic view of Shillong, while being safe.
At the conclusion of the tour there is a video show of about 20 minutes which is produced with passion to create awareness and interest in this less visited land. the video is vibrant keeping the audience spellbound. While exiting there is a curio shop. One can purchase related artifacts, literature,video CDs and mementos.
Lastly I will say this is a "must visit" place when you are at Shillong.

Visited September 2013
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