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  • Tuesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Wednesday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Thursday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Friday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
  • Saturday10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
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The Mahasthan Archaeological Museum is situated in the Bogra district of Bangladesh. Serving as a historical treasure trove, it showcases excavated artifacts from Mahasthan Garh, one of the earliest urban archaeological sites in the country. In this excellent repository, visitors can explore the intricate tapestry of Bangladesh’s ancient civilizations.

History

The Museum was established in 1967 near the archaeological site of Mahasthan Garh. Initially, it had limited collections, but the steady influx of discovered artifacts helped it grow its repository. The area surrounding the museum itself is believed to be the ancient city of Pundranagara, dating back to the 3rd century BC.

How to Get There

The Mahasthan Archaeological Museum can be accessed from Bogra by local transportation like auto-rickshaws or taxis. If you’re coming from Dhaka, choosing a long-distance bus or renting a car to reach Bogra, followed by a local taxi to Mahasthan Garh, is a good option. The nearest railway station is at Santahar, about 18 km from the site.

List of Attractions

The museum houses four galleries. The major attractions include:

  • The Ancient Inscription – This stone inscription is one of the oldest relics discovered in Bangladesh.
  • Terracotta Plaques – An extensive collection of terracotta plaques depict mythological and social scenes.
  • Stone and Bronze Sculptures – These artifacts span several centuries and illustrate diverse artistic styles.
  • Vivid Historic Photos – A collection of old photographs from the site showcases its past excavations.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the museum can be purchased at the entrance. Entry fees are 20 BDT for local visitors and 100 BDT for foreign visitors. The museum is open every day except for Thursday, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Visiting Tips

  • Try to plan your visit to cover both the museum and the archaeological site.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as there is a fair amount of walking involved.
  • Guided tours are available which provide deep insights into the displayed artifacts.
  • The site can be quite hot, so bring water, hats, and sunblock.
  • Photography inside the museum may be restricted, so check for permissions in advance.

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