With exhibits ranging from tribal costumes, jewellery and art to household objects and musical instruments, the Museum of Tribal Arts and Artefacts is a must-visit in Bhubaneswar. One of the best tribal museums in India, it was established in 1953 with an aim to protect and promote the tribal culture of Odisha. The museum was recognised as the best among the 21 tribal museums in the country by UNESCO in 2010.


It is divided into five separate halls that depict the lifestyle of local tribes. Currently, the museum houses 2,247 artefacts within its premises. One can find traditional costumes like phute saree of the Santhal tribe, ringa of the Bonda tribe and gatungkap of Lanjia Saora here. The courtyard is a particularly interesting feature and contains idols of tribal deities with replicas of 14 tribal shrine crafts. Moreover, one can see a fascinating display of the huts of Odisha tribes like Gadaba, Saora, Santal, Juang and Kondh and almost imagine the physical setting of their environment. There is also a library and a small zoo in the museum.

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