Mysore Folklore Museum
The Folklore Museum at Mysore is a major tourist centre in mysore which exhibits representative collections of folk art and crafts from all over Karnataka. The museum was founded in the year 1968. It is located in the Manasagangothri campus of the University of Mysore in The Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion. Since its inception, the University of mysore has contributed to the study of folklore, and the museum has been developed to its present level by the valuable contributions by scholars such as P.R.Thippeswamy, Javeregowda and Jeesham Paramashivaiah. P.R.Thippeswamy. The museum also showcases elements of music, dance & drama.
In the year 2006 the mansion got renovated by the generous funding from the Infosys Foundation. The museum houses several other valuable collections also. It has props and accessories of both Thenka thittu and Badgu Thittu, the northern and southern forms of Yakshagana, The Costumes of Kathakali from Kerala, A rare and valuable Hanuman crown from Kugala Balli village in North Karnataka, Costumes of folk dramatists from Andhra Pradesh, also on display are Masks, puppets, leather dolls from various parts of Karnataka. The collections representing figures, representing gods, kings, queens,gods, hermits and soldiers etc. A huge collection of Percussion instruments include birapana dollu, Gondaliga’s sambala, the damaruga of Goravas, and the nagari etc and wind instruments such as junjappana gane- a three-feet long flute, the kombu, kahale and pungi. The mantapa which is an ornamental wooden altar which used by Jnanapeeta awardee Kuvempu. String instruments include kinnari of the Jogis, the choudike and Tamburi of the Tatwa Pada singers, string instrument of the Nilagaras falls.
The Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion is located behind the senate hall building. The museum can be reached via Manasagangotri or Take the Hunsur Road (Vinoba Road) from JLB road, After travelling 3-4 km you’ll see the Kukkarahalli Lake on the left. Then Turn left at the signal into the university campus, you’l get number of buses to the university campus. Admission to the museum is free, It is open from 10 am to 5.30 pm (Monday to Saturday) .The museum is Closed on Sundays, Second Saturdays and on Government Holidays.