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Museums in Shillomg

Shillong has plethora of museums that may interest the visitors. Some of the popular museums of the state, like Captain Williamson Sangma Museum, Don Bosco Museum, etc. Other famous museums are -

  • Entomological Museum
  • Air Force Museum
  • Arunachal State Museum
  • Rhino Heritage Museum
  • Zoological Museum
  • Meghalaya State Museum
  • Tribal Research Institute
  • Anthropological Museum

Entomological Museum

Museums in Shillong

This museum was established during the 1930’s by the Wankhar family and is a museum dedicated to moth and butterflies. It is a privately owned museum located north of Bara Bazaar. The museum has a flimsy collection of different species of butterflies, moths, Bettie, and insects found in Meghalaya.
There are the huge stick insects, giant yellow butterfly iridescent beetles, and the black bird wing butterfly which cloaks itself with a deadly poison to protect itself from predatory birds. There is also a breeding place for the rare insects and butterflies.

Shillong at a distance of about 2km from Police Bazaar

Air Force Museum

The Air Force Museum in Shillong is situated in the Headquarter of the Eastern Command of the Indian Air Force. This museum is situated enroute to Cherrapunji just 8 km from the city. The museum contributes information on the history of the Indian Air Force. On display is the fighter plane Caribou which was used in the Indo-Pak War of 1971.
Museums in Shillong

The Museum guides explained everything like the planes history, type of old planes, pictures, mementos, models to actual air craft’s etc. A lot of nearby attractions in the museum like world’s oldest airport, Wright brother’s memorial etc can also be seen  There is also a  gift shop in the museum that sells key chains and other souvenirs. Before entering the museum, a valid photo identity is kept as security, which will be returned.

Upper Shillong, Shillong

Arunachal State Museum

The Arunachal State Museum is located in the Cantonment Area. It projects light on the customs and culture of the various ethnic tribes of Arunachal Pradesh. There are  mainly 26 tribal groups in Arunachal Pradesh some of which are Tangsas,  Wanchos, Khamptis, Noctes, Tangsas, , Mishmis etc. each group has its own dialect culture, dress, dialect and social hierarchy.


Cantonment Area, Shillong

Museums in shillong

The Rhino Heritage Museum is located near the Military Hospital in Shillong.   It is situated at the t-junction of NH-44 and NH-40.  The museum has many historical photographs related to the military as well as things related to the local culture. The building was built in 1928 and during WWII Japanese prisoners were detained here.
There is a gallery in memory of Capt. Keishing Clifford Nongrum which displays the example of his bravery, also a few photographs, and a letter written by his father as well as copies of some of his handwritten manuscripts. The weapons in the museum have display to the War of Liberation for Bangladesh. Some of the items include machine guns, rifles, machine guns and other equipment made by Iraq, China, and NATO.


Rilbong, Shillong

Zoological Museum

The Zoological Museum of Shillong is under the Northeastern Regional Centre of the Zoological Survey of India. It is situated in Fruit Garden, Risa Colony. The museum is well known for the gathering the fauna of the Northeast region, some of which are decades back. There is also a library in the premises of the Regional Centre where books related to different types of animals, species and also, national and international journals are available.

Risa colony,
Nearby Dhanketi, Shillong

Meghalaya state Museum

This museum is an ethnological museum, which exhibits the social life of all the tribes of Meghalaya in the Habitat section, and also it displays the costumes and textiles of the people.

Central ward, Shillong

Tribal Research Institute

It is an ethnological museum and depicts the indigenous articles and specimens of the tribal people of Meghalaya.

Mawlai, Shillong

Anthropological Museum

The Anthropological Museum was established in 1954. The museum contains illustrations of physical anthropology like pale anthropology ethnographic specimens, and cultural anthropology. 


Nongrim hills, Shillong

Apart from the above museum, there are also small museums like:

  • Forest Museum in Lady Hydari Park, the museum also has a small museum of animals skeletons; its main aim is to highlight the State’s rich biodiversity.
  • Skulls of elephant, stuffed leopards, and deers and antelopes skull photos of rare animals found in the state and dried skin of snakes; python etc are clipped to the wall and the Botanical Museum which is located at 4th Furlong, Shillong.

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