This museum and research and publication centre, 3 km away from Shillong, provides a glimpse of the life, culture and history of Northeast India. The museum is a fascinating storehouse of tribal artefacts. Its building is seven storeys high, with each level representing one of the seven sister states of the Northeast. The architecture of the building in in the shape of a honeycomb that allows light and fresh air to pass through easily.

The museum houses 17 galleries, which carry exhibits of tribal basketry, weapons, musical instruments, costumes, objects from daily life, jewellery and photographs. As part of its facilities, the centre also has a library with over 10,000 volumes for study, a media hall and a conference hall. Visitors can buy souvenirs to take back home from a gift shop here.