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Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures
Ranked #1 of 49 things to do in Shillong
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Chennai (Madras), India
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69 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Dont miss it”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

One of the best place to know the culture of North-East India. If you are in shillong, this is a must visit place. Normally it is not included in local sight-seeing packages, because it will take atleast 2-3 hours time to explore this whole museum. And the best thing is the skywalk...the view of the city is really beautiful.

Visited May 2014
Thank Tapas Kumar D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Excellent place... must visit”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

A lovely museum. It has 16 rooms spread across seven floors. The building is a 5 storey building with 2 floors in the basement. The terrace has a sky walk.

Overall it is a very well maintained place. The sky walk had rubber sheets to prevent slipping.

We were very skeptical initially since we were travelling with kids and there were seven floors. But the layout is excellent. We did not realize we had climbed seven floors by the time we finished all the exhibits. Kudos to the architect of the place.

The initial rooms are well laid out with good description. But later rooms lack the description. Just name tags attached to the exhibits.

The videos in each room are a mismatch. There should be more control on the video display. Currently, they are just computers running a video file. In almost all cases, someone had played on the computer and messed up the videos since the keyboard and mouse is available. They should have touch screen that restrict the videos available. The front of the monitors are provided with low stools. That makes one to look up to the monitor which becomes very tiring after few minutes. They should provide a proper viewing section in each room.

The top floor has a small cafetaria serving coffee, tea and chips. These are at MRP prices, unlike other tourist places where prices are jacked up.

There is a good souvenir shop at the exit. The prices are reasonable.

Overall, I recommend the place and it is a must visit in Shillong. Also, plan for atleast half day if you want to explore each exhibit.

Visited May 2014
Thank michaeldsilva
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Bengaluru, India
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Must visit if you’re the museum going types & visiting Shillong...”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Very large museum, very good collection & very very informative, giving in-depth idea about the whole of north-east India, the people, their cultures & customs. Various tools, weapons, costumes, musical instruments, etc from all the 7 north-eastern states are on display. It’s a place to be enjoyed by both young & old alike. They also have a half-hour video & a view-point from the top terrace. They have a souvenir shop where you can buy north-east souvenirs to bring back home.

Visited December 2013
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Kolkata, West Bengal, India
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent effort by Don Bosco”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Very well planned and astutely maintained. One should take time to visit the museum thoroughly and go through all the seven floors and try to understand the culture of North-East. Automatic sensor based lighting in the hall and playing of related video is an added attraction and one must thank Don Bosco for conserving energy in this way, without compromising on their needs and viewer delight.

There is roof-top skywalk where one can have a 360 degree panoramic view of Shillong and there are pointers to help you identify the salient places.

There ia souvenir shop too.

Visited May 2014
Thank SKDR1951
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Nice, Clean visit only if you have time to kill”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

The setup is nice and clean. The artifacts are decently maintained. As a lay person not too inspiring.

Visited May 2014
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