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Archeological Museum Halebeedu 

The museum was established in the early part of 1970's. This museum has more than 1500 sculptures, architectural members, inscriptions of historical significance retrieve in and around Halebidu. The collection is displayed in a closed sculpture gallery as well as an open air museum with a large reserve collection. It also shows 18 'Tirthankara image from the ruined tank of one of the Jainas basadis. 

The open air museum has its display many sculptures of importance like Govardhanagiridhari Krishna, dancing Shiva, Nataraja and Veena Saraswati, dancing Ganesha, elegant couchant Nandi to name a few. The sculptures of Brahma-Saraswati, Nagna Kala Bhairava, Mother and Child, wooden carvings and a bronze statue of a tirthankara have been exhibited in the sculpture gallery. The master pieces of this museum have represented Indian art in the various exhibitions held at France, Japan and other countries. 

Opening Hours: 09.00 am to 5.00 pm                                            Closed on Friday 

Entrance Fee:  
Rs. 5 / - per head 
(Children up to 15 years free)


Tipu Sultan Museum, Srirangapatna

The Daria Daulat Bagh, which is an ancient monument of national importance, houses the museum. The museum exhibits confined to the ground floor of the palace and mostly pertaining to Tipu Sultan, consists of oil paintings, pencil sketches, aquatints and engravings, coins and medals, costumes, furniture, arms, etc. 

The storming of 'Seringapatam' an oil painting by Sir Robert Ker Porter in 1800 is one of the greatest historical paintings depicting the final capture of Srirangapatna on 4th May 1799. Many English officers like General Baird, Sgt. Graham, Col. Dunlop are featured in it. Tipu's men are on the bridge offering stiff resistance In the back ground behind the fort walls of the Tipu's palace, the minarets of the mosque and the gopura of the Ranganatha Swami temple. 

A portrait of Tipu Sultan depicts him wearing a pouch, a striped shirt. A necklace, a girth belt and a stone-studded cross belt. The artist was GF Cherry who painted it in 1792. Another full portrait of Tipu Sultan as Prince painted by John Zoffany in 1780is on display. 

Another historical painting by Robert Home, painted between 1792-95, depicted of Tipu's sons, Abdul Khaliq and Maizuddin, the hostage princes with Ghulam Ali Khan, the Vakil of Tipu who is shown in a carrying chair and in the background an Englishman, most probably, Captain Kennaway the personal secretary to Lord Cornwallis has been seen as having a discussion with Ali Raza Khan another Vakil of Tipu holding a treaty document. 

There are eighteen pencil sketches on display and among them are seven sons of Tipu Sultan Fateh Haider, Abdul Khaliq, Maizuddin, Mohiuddin, Yasin Sahib, Sultan Sahib and Shukrullah his Vakils ghulam Ali Khan and Ali Raza Khan - Commanders Ghulam Ali Khan , Badruz Zaman Khan, Sheikh Hussain, his companion and confidential servant Raja Khan and the senior door keeper Firuz Saut. Also on display are the sketches of Mir Alam, Minister of Nizam, his son Mir Dauran, Krishna Raja Wodeyar III and his maternal uncle, Nandi Raja. These portrait sketches were drawn by Thomas Hickey the English artist, between 1799-1801 in Srirangapatna and Vellore. 

Some of the soldiers of the East India Company were talented artists who drew views of forts, buildings and scenery as seen from their encampments. The pictures were drawn on the canvas and aquatints so that a large number of copies were made. Two copies of engravings, 'Cornwallis receiving the hostage princes' and the 'last effort of Tipu Sultan' in defense of Srirangapatna besides many aquatints depicting the various forts of Tipu Sultan. 

Coins of different denominations on view include Double paisa, Paisa, Half paisa, Quarter paas and One-eighth paisa issued by Tipu Sultan from different mints at Bangalore, Calicut, Chitaldurg, Dindigul, Gooty and Srirangapatna. Madals of different metals like silver, copper and bronze issued by the English, commemorating their victory over Tipu are also exhibited. 

Among the other exhibits mention of the costume of the dress, a pajama, a silk coat and a straw hat, Two silver bowels presented by him to the Ranganathaswami temple, a hand made paper manuscript in Persian dealing with the military code of regulations, furniture comprising of chairs, sofa with backrest, couch and a rosewood roundtable, a brass cannon, daggers, swords, pistols And muskets besides iron cannons 

Opening Hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm 

Entrance Fee: 
Rs. 15 / - per head for citizens of India 
US $ 4 or Rs. 200 / - for others 
(Children up to 15 years free)

Sculpture Shed at Bagali

Sculpture Shed at Belligavi

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Halebeedu Musuem Building
Daria Daulat Bagh (Tipu's Summer Palace)
Brass Cannon
Tipu Sultan Portrait
Bagili Museum buiding
Uma Maheswara
Beligavi Sculpture Shed Building