Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum

Location: East Khasi Hills District, Shillong

For those interested in ethnic tribal culture and tradition this Govt. Museum under the control of Art and Culture Department offers insights to the lifestyle of the people. This museum is in the State Central Library complex where monuments for the great patriots of the state had been erected besides the statue of Smt. Indira Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

It is considered as one of the centre for studies into our history and culture as well as for preserving our rich cultural heritage that is now undergoing tremendous pressure in the face of contacts with various cultures both from the East and the West.

Don Bosco Museum

Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures

Location: East Khasi Hills District, Shillong

A three-in-one Institution combining a museum with a research and publication centre, for promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of North East India -a unique fusion of all the sister states under one roof.

With seven stories, 56,000 square feet of floor space and 15,154 square feet of display wall space, it ranks among the top 36 or so cultural centres of its kind in the Salesian world. Museums/ Cultural Centres in practice appear to be a significant aspect of the Salesian mission

Even in terms of design the DBCIC is startling: built in hexagonal shape, its seven floors represent the seven states of North East India. The building rises to form a flame, expressing the reality that if cultures are understood well, they can form a communion of cultures for a better society.

DBCIC contains seventeen galleries displaying cultural artefacts and paintings. It offers study and research facilities throughout its specialised library of 10,000 volumes, a media hall and a conference hall. It is frequented by school students and older research students and anthropologists, since this area of India is an anthropologist's paradise.

Don Bosco Museum
Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC)
Mawlai, Shillong – 793 008, Meghalaya, INDIA

Museum Timings:
Monday - Saturday
Summer: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Winter (1 Dec to 31 Jan): 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Sunday Closed
Museum Holidays:

The Museum remains open throughout the year EXCEPT Sundays, 1 January, 26 January, 31 January, 15 August, 2 November, second last Monday in November, 22 to 25 December (both days inclusive), 31 December and Thursday before Easter to Easter Monday (both days inclusive).

For more information contact:

DBCIC, Mawlai, Shillong - 793008,
Meghalaya, India
India Tel: +91 364 2550260
Tele-Fax: +91 364 2550261
Mob: +91 94361 18732
E-mail: jputhen[at]gmail[dot]com / dbcicshillong[at]gmail[dot]com
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Entomological Museum (Butterfly Museum)

A privately-owned museum of M/s Wankhar, Riatsamthiah, Shillong at a distance of about 2km from Police Bazar is the only known museum in India devoted to moths and butterflies.

Chrysalis the GalleryChrysalis the Gallery

Location: East Khasi Hills District, Shillong

Chrysalis the Gallery (an ArtGallery) is situated on the 2nd floor of SalonsarMansion (adjacent to HDFC bank) at Police Bazaar, the Commercial Hub of Shillong. Chrysalis has flexible spacing to display paintings (canvases), sculpture, photography and handicrafts. Run by a local artist, Jaya Kalra, the gallery caters to exhibitions of artists and artisans especially from the north east and also from the rest of India.

Contact: Chrysalis the Gallery, Salonsar Mansion, 2nd floor Near Hotel Pegasus Crown Police Bazar Point Shillong-793001
Contact - 0364-2223334 / 2220499 / 2521011/ 9436118960

Ever Living MuseumEver Living Museum

Location: East Khasi Hills District, Shillong, Mawshbuit

Mobile: 087300 25149

The Ever Living Museum at Mawshabuit, around 9km from Shillong, is a living testimony of one’s love for nature, culture, tradition, history and posterity

Other Museums:

  • Air Force Museum at Upper Shillong (View Photos)
  • Forest Museum in Lady Hydari Park
  • Rhino Heritage Museum at Shillong
  • Zoological Museum in Risa Colony
  • Anthropological museum at Mawblei
  • Botanical Museum at 4th Furlong
  • Arunachal Museum at the Cantonment Area
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