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The State Museum in Lucknow was earlier situated in the Chattar Manzil and the Lai Baradari. It was shifted during the year 1963 to the new building in Lucknow Zoo (Banarasi Bag).

Initially, there was collection of Avadh arts and contemporary objects of Awadh, but later on it was expanded to more interesting excavated antiquities from nearby places of Lucknow, particularly where the Lord Buddha grew up.

Today, the Museum has become a centre of Lucknow (Awadh’s) sculpture, bronzes, paintings, natural history, etc. It contains a (c. 1000 BC) Egyptian mummy and wooden sarcophagus. It is a four-story building.