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Folk Lore Museum

About Folk Lore Museum

Folk Museum is one of the unique and interesting museums in Mysore. It is one of the largest folk museums in India. The Museum is located in Jayalakshmi Villas Mansion, Mysore University campus at Manasagangotri. The Museum has 6500 varieties of folk art, folklore articles, collection of south Indian toys, puppets and household articles for the exhibition.

History of Folk Lore Museum

The Folk museum located in Mysore University was founded in the year 1968. The Mysore University is backed up with the study of folklores from its establishment. The museum is developed by Scholars such as P.R.Thippeswamy, Javare gowda, Jeesham, and Paramshivaiah. 

P.R.Thippeswamy was the person who collected the materials from different parts of Karnataka and increased the collection at the museum. The museum has a collection of carved wooden figures from different villages, rural costumes, utensils, ornaments metal artifacts, implements, tools used in different rural professions, Model of temples, houses, decorative masks, ceremonial headwear, section of leather shadow puppets……. etc. The museum also showcases elements of music, dance and drama.


Folklore Museum Mysore

Folk-Lore Museum

The Folk Museum has more than 6500 collections of unique articles. The gallery is divided into a number of sections with folklore, large dolls, literature, and art.

The Museum has costumes of both northern and southern forms of Yakshagana, Kathakali of Kerala, folk dramatist of Andhra Pradesh. The Yakshagana costumes have props and accessories of both Thenkathittu and BadguThittu. 

The museum has a collection of rare and valuable Hanuman crown from KugalaBalli village in North Karnataka. Masks, puppets, leather dolls, sawdust dolls from various parts of Karnataka, Items representing to Soliga community, Ink preparation at Dodderi village of Chitradurga about 200 years ago. The mantapa an ornamental wooden altar used by Jnanapeeta awardee Kuvempu. 

The Museum has Folk musical instruments include string, percussion and wind instruments.
String instruments include kinnari of the Jogis, the choudike and Tamburi of the TatwaPada singers, string instrument of the Nilagaras falls.
Percussion instruments include birapanadollu, Gondaliga’s sambala, Halakki Gowda’s gummate, chande, and dimmidammadi, the damaruga of Goravas, and the nagari.
Wind instruments include junjappanagane- a three-feet long flute, the kombu, kahale and pungi. Collection of figures representing Gods, Kings, Queens, Hermits, and Soldiers. 

The Collection include Folk deities, ceremonial headwear, religious objects, village deities like Soma and Bhutha. The large doll wing at the museum has statues and large dolls, used in dances which include Soma, Talebhutha, Kaibhutha, Maari, and Gadi Maari. 

The folk life wing has instruments used by farmers, blacksmiths, goldsmiths, boatmen, fishermen, potters, cobblers and other artisans. It also includes household items like lamps, weapons, agriculture implements, cooking utensils, measures, churns, weaving implements, pots, beads, baskets, items of folk games and clothing.

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Folklore Museum Entry Fees
Entry Fees – ₹0 

Folklore Museum Timings 
Mon – Sat : 10.30 AM to 12.30 PM and 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM.
Sunday and public holidays – Holiday.

Best time to visit Folklore Museum
All round the year except Sundays and Public holidays.

Folk Lore Museum Website
There Is No Official Website

Folk Lore Museum Email  
There Is No Official Email Address

Folk Lore Museum Phone Number 
There Is No Contact Number

Folk Lore Museum Address 
Folklore Museum
Manasa Gangothiri,
Mysuru, Karnataka 570006

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Accommodation near Folk Lore Museum
There is no accommodation available for visitors inside the university campus.
There are hotels available around the museum some of them are listed below.
Online room booking is available in all listed hotels. 

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore   
1 MG Road, 570010 Mysore, India 

Fortune Jp Palace
# 3, Abba Road, Nazarbad, 570007 Mysore,

The Quorum
2257/1, B 1 Vinoba Road, Near Kala Mandir, 570008 Mysore, India 

Hotel Ruchi The Prince 
986/624 Mysore-Hunsur Main Road, Hinkal, 570017 Mysore 

Hotel Home Comfort
No-1429, Just Behind HDFC ATM, Opp Lashkar Police Station, Mysore-570001

Rajmahal Inn
#800,801, 10th Cross, Vijayanagar 1st Stage Opp Aishwarya Petrol Bunk Hunsur Road Mysore India 570017

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Folklore Museum Mysore Walking Path

Places to Visit near Jayalakshmi Vilas Manson

Mysore Palace 
Lalitha Mahal Palace
Jagmohan Palace
Jayalakshmi Vilas Palace
Karanji Lake
Planet Earth Aquarium
Railway Museum
St. Philomena Church
Chamundi Hills

Folk Lore Museum Distance

Bangalore to Folk Lore Museum : 143.00 Kms
Mysore city Bus stop to Folk Lore Museum : 4.2 Kms
KSRTC bus stop to Folk Lore Museum : 4.9 Kms
Mysore Railway station to Folk Lore Museum : 3.4 Kms
Mysore Airport to Folk Lore Museum: 15 Kms

How to reach Folk Lore Museum

Bangalore to Folk Lore Museum  

KSRTC (Bus)  

KSRTC and Private Buses are available from Bangalore to  Mysore (Fare: ₹125/-) from there you can reach Mysore Sub Urban Bus stop. 

From Suburban Bus stop by Ola auto/pre-paid auto(Fare: 70/-) you can reach the folk museum in Manasa Gangotri. 

From City bus stop.
In the city bus stop at Platform No.10, you have to take bus No.266, 277, 245, 245A, 135, 130 get down at Manasa Gangotri stop (Fare: ₹12/--) from the stop its 12 min walk to the folk museum.

Bangalore to Folk Lore Museum Train


Express train is available to Mysore from Bangalore (Fare: ₹75/-), From Railway station by Ola auto/pre-paid auto(Fare: ₹70/-) you can reach folk museum in Manasa Gangotri.

From City bus stop. 
In city bus stop at Platform No.10, you have to take a bus. No. 266, 277, 245, 245A, 135, 130 Gangotri buses  after 24 stops get down at Manasagangotri stop (Fare: ₹25/-)


NOTE – please do contact Indian Railways (IRCTC) for better clarity on train timings & updated Pricing

Airport to Folk Lore Museum

Nearest Mysore airport (Domestic Airport) is 15 kilometers from Mysore Airport. 
Drivetime approximately 20-30min 

Bike / Car
Bangalore to Mysore
Majestic (Kempe Gowda bus station) – Nayandahalli – Bidadi – Kengeri – Ramanagara –  Channapattana – Madduru- Mandya- Srirangapattana- Mysore- Folk museum-

NOTE – photography is strictly prohibited inside the museum

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