The Kolhapur Townhall Museum is famous for the wide range of artefacts from different periods. The museum building is an example of neo-gothic architecture. It is considered the must-visit place of Kolhapur.
Kolhapur District, Maharashtra, India.
The Kolhapur Townhall Museum was inaugurated in 1945-46. It was constructed to store the findings of the excavations of Brahmapuri Hills, excavated in the 1940s. The excavation resulted in the findings of artefacts belonging to the Satavahana and Shilahara-Bahmani periods. Currently, this museum stores a variety of relics, paintings of well known local artists such as Ravindra Mestry, Baburao Painter, Dattoba Dalvi and Abalal Rahiman. In addition, one can witness the archaeological findings, sculptures, weapons, bronze objects, stone age axes, guns used in world war one and many more incredible things. The figurines of the Greek God Poseidon discovered in the archaeological excavations at Kolhapur are the centre of attraction in the museum.
The museum is historically significant. One must keenly observe the neo-gothic structure built-in 1876 by the British Engineer Charles Mant. Two cannons and elephant sculptures from the 18th century are placed at the entrance of the museum. These originally belonged to Mahalaxmi Temple.
The premises of the Kolhapur Town Hall Museum is surrounded by beautiful lawns and a well-maintained garden giving the true feel of nature’s company. The Museum is maintained by the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums, Government of Maharashtra.
Kolhapur is a city in the Southern part of the state of Maharashtra.
The region has a hot-semi arid climate year-round with an average temperature ranging from 19-33 degrees Celsius.
April and May are the hottest months when the temperature reaches up to 42 degrees Celsius.
Winters are extreme, and the temperature can go as low as 10 degrees Celsius at night, but the average daytime temperature is around 26 degrees Celsius.
The annual rainfall in the region is around 763 mm.
Things to do
One can spend the day exploring the museum. Also one can enjoy the nearest lake, fort and many more.
Nearest tourist places
The nearest place to visit there:
● Rankala Lake (2.1 KM)
● Vishalgad (78 KM)
● Dreamworld Water Park (2.9 KM)
● Panhala Fort (20 KM)
● Shalini Palace (2.4 KM)
Special food speciality and hotel
One can find Maharashtrian Cuisine in any of the nearby restaurants.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station
There are various types of accommodation facilities available near the museum:-
● The nearest police station is Shahupuri Police Station. (2.3 KM)
● The nearest hospital is Shree Balaji Hospital. (4.5 KM)
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit
The timing to visit the museum is:
● 10:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M
● 1:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.
The entry fee for adults is ₹10 and for children is ₹5.
The museum remains closed on Monday.
Language spoken in area
English, Hindi, Marathi.