Home to sculptural masterpieces, the State Museum in Narhi, in the Hazratganj area of Lucknow, is the oldest and largest multipurpose museum of Uttar Pradesh. It was established in 1863 and houses exhibits dating back to the 3rd century AD. The sculptures on display include those from Mathura such as dancing girls and scenes from the life of Lord Buddha. There are hundreds of antiques on display, including those of anthropology, numismatics, and archaeology, as well as paintings and manuscripts. It also boasts a large collection of artefacts and memorabilia. 

From natural history to the Stone Age, you can travel back in time and get a glimpse of a world long lost. The four storeys of the museum house galleries dedicated to Jainism, Egypt, metal art, Indian sculptures, Buddhism, coins and the nawabs. Film screenings and educational events are organised regularly for school and college students, in order to impart knowledge and teach the importance of human history to the youth of the city. Guided tours of the museum are available in slots of one hour, spread through the day. The entry to the museum is through a zoo, and requires a minimal charge. It remains closed on Sundays so plan your trip accordingly. 

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