Himachal State Museum
The Himachal State Museum is located on the Shimla Mall Road and has unique collectables like ancient coins, paintings and other handicraft items collected from all over the state and country, the aesthetics of which are influenced by the Pahari form of art. One of the major highlights is the library housing around 10,000 books, magazines and journals. The Himachal State Museum is often visited by art and history lovers.
The museum also has a doll gallery which has several bride and groom dolls among many others which are admired by all visitors. Some archeological artefacts are also found at the Himachal State Museum which includes stone images from the 8th century. In colonial times, the grand building housed Lord William Beresford, the Military Secretary to the then Viceroy in India. Being occupied by several tenants later, after independence, it housed the government state officials. It was finally converted into a museum on January 26, 1974.