Central Sikh Museum is home to paintings of Sikh gurus, saints, warriors and prominent leaders who have contributed to the enhencement of Sikh religion. Central Sikh Museum has a huge collection of ancient manuscripts coins, arms, and also has an excellent library. Central Sikh Museum was established in the early 1960’s. There are few rare pencil sketches done by Princes Bamba. The museum also has musical instruments like Baba Sham Singh’s Saranda. Central Sikh Museum displays the gruesome history of the Sikhs martyred by the Mughals, the British and the Operation Bluestar. You can avail guide services for the museum’s tour. Prior permission is required for photography.
The museum has been divided into different portions according to Sikh History. In the very first hall, Guru Sahiban, Bhagat Sahiban and their period has been described through pictures. In second room that shows the travels of Guru Nanak and some photos of rare art work on the walls of Gurdwara Baba Atal Rai. The next portion shows the Sikh Struggle period after 1708 . Pictures of Bhai Mani Singh, Bhai Taru Singh, Bhai Dyala, Bhai Mati Dass, the prices for the heads of Sikhs being paid. Takes one to the Sikh Raj and after independence struggle of Punjabi Speaking state, Nirankari Kand, Operation Blue Star, pictures of Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindran wala, General Shabeg Singh, Bhai Amrik Singh. The portraits of Sikh scholars, saints, religious, social and political personalities, Presidents and some members of S.G.P.C. Jathedars of Akal Takhat Sahib and Head Granthis of Harmandir Sahib are displayed. At present for the museum, two Artists, one curator and clerical staff is there.
A visit to Harmandir Sahib is not complete if someone is not visiting The Central Sikh Museum. The great Sikh artists, S.Kirpal Singh, Thakur Singh, Parbodh Chandra, Sobha Singh, Gurdit Singh, Amolak Singh, Phulan Rani added to its beauty by painting the Sikh history on canvas.The wooden comb (Kangha) of Guru Gobind Singh, Arrows and Bow, Iron Chakras (circles) to be worn on the turban by warrior and a iron jacket made of wires (Sanjoe) are worth seeing.