If you want to take a step back in time and immerse yourself in history of Nagaland, the Kohima Museum is a must-visit spot on your next trip to North East India.
This small, yet impressive museum is situated in the Naga Heritage Park where the annual Hornbill Festival is held.
As you step inside the museum, you’ll be greeted by the quote engraved in stone – “When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave our today.” Goosebumps, anyone? The museum does a fantastic job of telling the story of the infamous Battle of Kohima with engaging timelines, detailed exhibits, and relics from the conflict on display.
The Kohima Museum is located at Upper Bayavu Hill and showcases the history and tradition of Nagas. From statues, jewelry, pillars, gateposts, to ceremonial drums, the museum has an invaluable collection of articles and treasures from the time of the Nagas. You can also find endemic regional birds and animals at the basement of the museum.
If you’re planning a visit, remember that free entry is only available on Thursday mornings for veterans or individuals. However, prior bookings by any tourism can avail entry anytime. The museum is open from 9 am-12 pm only on Thursday mornings, but it’s worth it to spend time looking at the Naga customs, social hierarchy, architecture, culture, and costumes displayed.
And, while you’re in the area, why not check out other nearby attractions like the Baptist Mission Church, Christian Revival Church, or the World War II Memorial? To get to the museum, you can take rental taxis from the Dimapur airport and Dimapur railway station which hardly takes a couple of hours to reach the museum (60 kms).
So, add the Kohima Museum to your itinerary and learn about the historic Battle of Kohima in a fun and engaging way.