Don Bosco Museum, Mawlai, Shillong

20th December 2011: 
Today is my 1st day in Shillong. In the morning walked down to the Food Hawkers in Police Point for breakfast. While talking to another tourist over breakfast he suggested I check-out the Coach Tours with Meghalaya Tourism counter near there. When I went there (9AM) all the tours for the day had already left. So I booked for Shillong City and Cherrapunjie for next 2 days; and for today the counter lady advised me take a taxi to the Don Bosco Museum, in Mawlai, as it takes 2-3 hours to see that fully and so is not covered in any of their Coach Tours. 

I must say I was pretty zapped by the quality of DBM's exposition of the cultures of the 8 States of the Northeast. It was one of the best Museum that I have seen in India! 

The hexa spiral staircase over 7 floors 

It is a 7 story building built around a hexagonal staircase with 16 galleries showcasing 8 states of NE. It has computer terminals in each gallery with access to detailed database linked to each exhibit and NE research material.

Handicrafts from Northeast 

On the terrace of the building there is spiral skywalk that provides you a 360-deg skyline view of Shillong, with piped Northeast music. And on the 7th floor there is a auditorium to view films of Northeast dances and festivals.

Don Bosco Museum entrance

People of Northeast

Bamboo Crafts of Northeast

Warriors of Northeast

The stained glass landing leading to skywalk

The building narrows towards heaven