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Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures

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Address: Mawlai, Shillong 793008, India
Phone Number: +91 364 255 0260
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09:00 - 17:30
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Acclaimed as one the finest museum in Asia on the promotion of indigenous...

Acclaimed as one the finest museum in Asia on the promotion of indigenous and tribal cultures, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures (DBCIC) or Don Bosco Museum as it is popularly known is a major tourists' attraction that provides a glimpse of the rich and multi-cultural lifestyles, history and traditions of the indigenous peoples of North East India. The museum, showcasing many galleries, gives an insight into the beautiful and diverse cultural richness of the eight States of India's North East under one roof. The Museum, run by the Salesian of Don Bosco of the Catholic Church, houses and documents the various indigenous cultures, arts and crafts of North East India.

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Analyse the North East India here ..

This huge multi-story and very comprehensive museum. it will not take less then 3 hours to go through every painting and items kept there, it explains about the entire culture of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This huge multi-story and very comprehensive museum. it will not take less then 3 hours to go through every painting and items kept there, it explains about the entire culture of all NE state their history, myths,beliefs.worth visiting .. just dont miss this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful place, good value for money A must visit place for any tourist to Shillong.THE MUSEUM is very well laid out and beautifully placed. The sky walk providing a panoramic view of Shillong is the best

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

i'm not a museum lover, but this center is not to miss. don't get scared by the fact it's spread on 7 floors. it's tastefully arranged, each floor is really just a large room, every room has a subject, and a computer you can focus on a certain subject and get an "in depth" info about it. very nice displays,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had visited the place on October-2016. We missed the place during our July visit. If you are a museum lover, I must recommend you to visit the place. You would able to understand the culture and demographics of Meghalaya.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a very clean and extremely well managed museum where one will find a lot of information regarding the tribes...there is audio visual material along with physical displays..they even sell tribal products like handicrafts, jewellery etc. and the skywalk on the roof is just the cream on top! A must visit for anyone who likes their anthropology and has an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Don Bosco museum was a quick walk through the seven sisters and of course as they mention the brother too.... it had almost a quick look at the tribes, the landscapes, culture, clothing, the demographics and almost all the detail we could fathom in about a three hour trip....

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

for a good overview of the northeast this is the place to begin with ,to understand the geography,history,culture of the northeast . also try the food in the cafetaria ,its northeast cuisine. the skywalk was fun too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It gives great insight into the culture and traditions of the north east. It is a must do for people visiting the north east for the first time. The short musical video played upstairs is a must watch and the skywalk is fine too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

this is a good place to visit in shillong city and a interesting too tourist will like this place too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A one of its kind, a must visit place for all the travellers to shillong... a lot of planning research and effort has gone into building up this place and You can realize it as you go through the floors... The skywalk is awesome at the end giving you a 360 degree view of the city. Very scenic.

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