The Allahabad Museum is one of the largest and leading museums of Indian Art in North India. It was initially set up in 1931 as a Municipal Museum and antiquities from Allahabad District of Uttar Pradesh found home in it. The collection further grew with gifts and purchases of variety of objects including archaeological materials, stone, bronze, wooden and metal sculptures, paintings, terracotta, coins, decorative arts and textile. Moreover, collections on freedom fighters like Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal and literary figures like Sumitranandan Pant were also received as gift or acquired to make the collections rich and varied. Due to the wide spectrum and significance of its collections the Allahabad Museum was taken under auspices of the Government of India and declared a Central Government Museum.