Tribal Museum


The Tribal Museum is located within the Tribal Research Centre campus Udhagamndalam, Nilgiri district, Tamil Nadu.  The foundation stone for the Tribal Museum building was laid on 12th September 1989 and the Tribal Museum building construction was completed in the year 1995 and it started functioning from 2nd October 1995.  On 13th September 1995 the Tribal Research Centre was taken over along with Tribal Museum by the Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department, Government of Tamilnadu from Tamil University, Thanjavur.  Tribal Museum is functioning at M.Palada, i.e., 10 kms. from Ooty Central Bus stand & Railway station towards Avalanchi road.  It is an important place of visit for tourists, students, scholars and general public.

The main aim of establishing the museum is to preserve the cultural heritage of the Tribals.  Museum artifacts like traditional Ornaments, Weapons, Utensils, Basketrty, Pottery, Tribal Model huts, Agricultural Implements, Hunting and fishing material Painting & Photography, Sculptures, Tribal model temple and Medicinal and Minor forest produce items are collected from about 36 different tribal ethnic Communities of the state of Tamilnadu and also tribal photography of other States of India and Union terrriotry of Andaman and Nicobar islands etc., were exhibited in the Tribal Museum.

Tourist important places Emerald Dam, Avalanchi and Eco Tourism places are located nearby the Tribal Museum.  The Tribal Museum is attracting many visitors at national and International level.

Ticket details:

  1. Adult – Rs.5/-
  2. Children (below 16 years) – Rs. Nil
  3. Foreigner – Rs.100/-

The Museum will be open on all the Government working days Monday to Friday from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Lunch Break between 1.00 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.

For further details please contract

The Director,

Tribal Research Centre,

Department of Tribal Welfare,

Government of Tamil Nadu,

M.Palada (P.O.)

Udhagamandalam – 643 004

The Nilgiris District

Ph. 0423-2550350.   Fax 0423-2550360

e.mail: trcooty[at]gmail[dot]com

Photo Gallery

  • Tribal Museum
  • Tribal life size statues of Paniyans,Todas and Kotas
  • Kattunayakas House Model

How to Reach:

By Air

The nearest Airport is Coimbatore.

By Train

Ooty is connected to Mettupalayam by meter guage train. Nearest Broad gauge Station is Mettupalayam. Major Railway Junction is Coimbatore

By Road

10 Kms From Ooty Bus Stand