Grandiose and generosity are two words which succinctly describe the city of Nawabs. Bustling with culture, art and delectable cuisine, Lucknow is a city that cannot be missed. While taking a stroll through the streets of Lucknow will introduce you to its amicable people and hidden lanes selling exquisite items, the real knowledge about the city’s rich history can be gained with a visit to its museums. Whether you want to stare at life-size paintings or gain an insight into the days of the yore, the museums in Lucknow are just the right places to visit and explore.

Here is a list of Lucknow museums that are a must-visit for the history enthusiasts:

Museums in Lucknow

1. State Museum Lucknow

State Museum Lucknow

State Museum Lucknow | #1 of 6 Museums in Lucknow

One of the most prominent museums in Lucknow, State Museum is for all the history buffs out there. From woodworks to intricate wall carvings, this museum takes you back to the history of this beautiful city. What initially had only paintings and sculptures depicting the Awadhi legacy now houses some of the most important artefacts and excavated antiquities depicting the art and culture of the regions in and around Lucknow, specifically where Lord Buddha grew up.

On your visit to the State Museum, do not miss out on the 1000-year-old Egyptian mummy and the wooden sarcophagus, which are the highlights of the museum among its many treasures. 

  • Location: Hazratganj, Lucknow
  • Timings: 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Closed on Mondays)
  • Entry Fee:
    INR 5 (adults) and INR 2 (children) for Indians
    INR 50 for Foreign Tourists

2. 1857 Memorial Museum, Lucknow

1857 Memorial Museum, Lucknow

1857 Memorial Museum | #2 of 6 Museums in Lucknow

Another museum in Lucknow dedicated to its glorious history is the 1857 Memorial Museum. It has all the details related to the famous rebellion of 1857, which is considered to be the starting point of the freedom struggle of India.

The museum was built to preserve the ruins from the rebellion that came into the protection of the Central Government in 1920. You will find all the original paintings, photographs, and other materials from the time as they were. Also, there are pictorial records of the entire First War of Independence. So, if you want to learn more about the times when India struggled for freedom and the brave laid their lives for it, you know where to go!

  • Location: Qaisar Bagh, Lucknow
  • Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)
  • Entry Fee: INR 5 (Free for Children up to 15 years)

3. Regional Science City, Lucknow

Regional Science City, Lucknow

Regional Science City | #3 of 6 Museums in Lucknow

Moving on from the history of the city, we now go to the one place which is perfect for all the science nerds out there. From 3D shows to observation of celestial events, there is an array of things here for visitors to explore and learn in relation to the importance of science.

Operating under the National Council of Science Museums, this science center has grown both in popularity and in versatility, ever since it first opened its doors for the public in 2007. Among the newest additions to this building are the exhibits on the theme of ‘Underwater Exploration’, ‘Being Human’ and ‘Biotechnological Revolution’, alongside other theme-based galleries.

  • Location: Aliganj Extension, Sector E, Lucknow
  • Timings: 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Entry Fee: INR 25

Note: There are different timings and ticket prices for various shows organized at the center.

4. Gandhi Museum, Lucknow

Gandhi Museum, Lucknow

Gandhi Museum | #4 of 6 Museums in Lucknow

Dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, this museum offers an insight into everything about the Father of the Nation, from his lifestyle to his ideologies. The museum was established in the year 1973 and has over 250 photographs covering different aspects of the life of our beloved Bapu.

Apart from taking a tour of the museum and learning about his journey from being a student to a qualified lawyer to a freedom fighter, you can also visit the library within the premises. It will be a delightful experience, browsing through the collection of 18,000 books present here.

  • Location: Qaisar Bagh, Lucknow
  • Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM (Closed on Sundays)

5. Lok Kala Sangrahalaya, Lucknow

A must-visit for culture enthusiasts, Lok Kala Sangrahalaya preserves a treasure of 1600 unique artifacts including photographs, old paintings, terracotta, musical instruments, wooden articles, and other relics. Established by the UP Government’s Department of Culture, this art and craft museum also has a library within its premises where you will find a collection of rare books.

If folk art is something that you find interesting, then this museum should definitely be included in your list of places to visit in Lucknow.

  • Location: Qaisar Bagh, Lucknow
  • Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM (Closed on Mondays)

6. Motilal Nehru Children Museum, Lucknow

As the name suggests, this museum in Lucknow is a paradise for children between the ages of 4 and 14 years. The extensive collection of books at Motilal Nehru Children Museum is extremely enlightening, which makes this place a must-visit for families with kids.

The fact that this multi-purpose museum is at a walking distance from Charbagh Railway Station makes it all the more accessible for visitors.

  • Location: Qaisar Bagh, Lucknow
  • Timings: 10:30 AM to 5 PM (Closed on Mondays)