The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), also known as “The Museum of Mankind” is an open-air anthropology museum that celebrates many traditions and cultures of India. An initiative by the Government of India, it displays the cultural evolution of India in the most detailed manner. Spread across the Shamla hills in Bhopal, it covers a sprawling 200acres of the area.
Being the only museum of its kind, it tells the story of mankind in time and space. The museum exhibits around 40 and more tribal culture and actual-size dwelling of various Indian tribes in different eco-climatic zones of India. The most interesting part of this exhibition is the actual size dwellings and display that has been build up directly by the folk and the tribal communities. It also displays a brilliant collection of pre-historic painted rock shelters, traditional technology used in the earlier days, a trail based on the mythological beliefs of Indian tribes, and sacred groves. Apart from all this, it has modern looking in-door museum, that display a collection of tribal costumes, arts and crafts, agricultural and household implements, and other objects. There is a well-stocked library, audiovisual archives and a huge collection of ethnographic specimens.