Built in 1972, the Archaeological Museum in Hampi houses various sculptures found in the ruins. The sculptures were originally housed in the elephant stables by the British officials before the independence of India and were later shifted in this museum. The museum has 4 galleries enclosing a model of the Vijaynagar valley with a corridor all around. The first gallery has in its display sculptures of the Saiva faith consisting of Veerabhadra, Bhairav, Bhikshatanamurti, Mahishasuramardini, Shakti, Ganesha, and Kartikeya with his consorts and Durga.
The central hall has the composition of a lookalike a temple with the display of Shivalinga, Nandi, and Dwaramantapa with a royal couple at front. The second gallery has in its display assorted antiquities like arms and armoury, copper plate grants, metal objects of religious utility and brass plates.
In the display are the coins of Vijayanagara dynasty in various denominations of both gold and copper. The fourth gallery has antiquities pertaining to prehistoric and protohistoric period, medieval hero stones and sati stones. Stucco figurines, iron objects, sherds of porcelain, retrieved from excavations are also on display.
Opening Hours: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Closed on – Friday