Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art is a stone's throw from Hidimba Devi Temple at Manali. It is located 2-3 km from Manali main town. The Museum was established in 1998 to collect and exhibit cultural and folk art antiques articles of Himachal Pradesh. But the initiative to collect articles of traditional values from all over Himachal began long time back in 1990. The Museum is housed at Utopia complex. J.R. Sood who founded the Museum traveled throughout the State to research, and collect ancient antique items. The Museum has an admirable collection of rare and almost extinct articles, which belonged to the forgotten era.
The Museum not only helped in preserving the culture and art but also brings awareness about the almost extinct traditions. The items exhibited here highlights the traditional way of life of the Himachal people. Under one roof it presents almost all aspects of the daily uses of the ancient Himachali people like clothes, stone mortar, earthen pots, hubble bubble, musical instruments, wooden carvings, weight scale, Kulluvi kitchen, traditional houses, handloom, ornaments etc. Visiting this place enriches your knowledge on traditions and art of the State.
Entry ticket is at a minimal of Rs.10.