The Puducherry Museum is a unique place to learn about the cultural heritage of Puducherry, where artifacts and sculptures were confiscated during the French era. It is located next to the Roman Rolland Library, or Raj Nivas. This is the place where you can also enrich your knowledge about French rule in India. This museum has many bronze sculptures made during the period of Chola, which are considered significant evidence that puducherry was under the reign of the Chola dynasty. Excavated objects at Arikamedu in Puducherry are displayed here to evince the commercial relationship between the Romans and Dravidians.

There are many sections in these museums to remind us of our history one-by-one.

The archeology section displays the artifacts of both the pre-historic period and the historic period to show the primitive life of puducherry. The sculpture section displays the sculptures, which are the art work of sculptors during the period of Chola, Pallava, and others. Some sculptures are made of rock and bronze, where you can see the aesthetic sense and uniqueness of each respective era. The French Indian Gallery is the place where you can find chronical journals, books, and their novel technology like printing machines, old electrical lamps, and so on. Chandielier, utensils, and other items are exhibited here to show the oldest culture of the French era and their lifestyle. There are places where you can see their drawings, pictures, furniture, beds, and so forth. Handmade items from France and Puducherry are also displayed in the art and crafts section. The most attractive section is the Arms Gallery, where you can see collections of guns, pistols, cannons, canon balls, swords, lances, spears, bows and arrows, daggers, walking sticks, and so forth. Apart from the history of puducherry, there is another section called the geological section. Shells, peat, pebbles, limestones, sediments, and fossils are displayed in this section. You can really spend 60 to 90 minutes in the museum effectively. So, this museum is considered to be one of the most important places for tourists to visit in Puducherry.


Open from Tuesday to Sunday (Monday – Holiday)

Timing: 10.00 AM To 5.00 PM(No Lunch Break)

Location Map for The Puducherry Museum