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The State Museum is located 1.5 kilometers away from Kohima. It allows visitors to peek through the vibrant culture of Nagaland and different stages through the history of the land. The museum showcases most fascinating artifacts and aspects of Nagaland tribal life. The State Museum displays ancestral weaponry, carved gatepost, status pillars that records Feast of Merit and traditional Naga costumes and jewelry.

The highlight of the museum is the ceremonial drum which is similar to a dug out war canoe housed in a separate shed. The canoe suggests that Nagaland tribes originated from the shores of Sumatra. In the basement of the museum there is an exhibit of animals and birds which are specific to northeastern hill states. The traditional lifestyle of Nagas has been documented in this museum. In Nagaland there are 14 recognized major tribes and same number of sub-tribes which are depicted in this museum. The museum also houses an art gallery which has beautiful exhibits of local artists.

So take a glimpse into the culture and history of Nagaland and come back soaked in its richness and exquisiteness.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Kohima and the State Museum is between the months of November to March, when the weather is pleasant and conducive.


The State Museum at Kohima is purely ethnographic in nature, tracing the history, culture and tribal life of the Nagas.

The Nagas are known to be fiercely independent by nature and it took four long decades for the British to conquer them in 1880.


The State Museum remains open from 6.00 am to 4:00 pm daily except for Sundays.

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