The Archaeological Museum of Hampi is one of the principal attractions of the place that houses collections of sculptures and assorted antiques. Although a lot of these findings were made by the British officers who stored them in elephant stables, the Archaeological Survey of India established this museum and started shifting the antiques in 1972.
At present this museum consists of four galleries, the contents of which are listed as follows:
Gallery 1 – Holds sculptures of Virabhadra, Bhairava, Bhikshatanamurti, Mahishasuramardini, Shakti, Ganesha, Kartikeya with his consorts, and Durga.
Central Hall - This hall is a look alike of Hampi temple consisting of Shivalinga, Nandi and Dwaramantapa.
Gallery 2 – Has an array of antiquities such as armoury, copper plate grants, religious metal objects, brass plates and gold and copper coins of the Vijaynagara dynasty.
Gallery 4 - This gallery displays antiquities belonging to the prehistoric and protohistoric period, medieval hero stones and sati stones. It also exhibits some other excavated items such as Stucco figurines, iron objects, shards of porcelain, among other things.
Since this museum houses some of the most important artefacts of Hampi, it turns out to be one of the important places to visit in Hampi that one shouldn't miss out on. This place is open four tourists throughout the week except for Fridays.