Every museum has its own character and personality. With a view to awakening the people morally and culturally through the ideas and ideals of Krishna and to enlighten the people the history of the region, the Srikrishna Museum was established by Kurukshetra Development Board in the year 1987. Subsequently on 28 July 1991, it was shifted to the first block of the museum building after its inauguration by the then President of India, Sh. R. Venkataraman. The second block to the museum was added in the year 1995. Recently the third block of the museum building has been raised which accommodates the Multimedia Mahabharata & Gita Gallery. H.E. President of India Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil inaugurated this gallery on 8th February 2012.
The artefacts displayed in the museum represent Krishna as godhead, an avatara, of Vishnu, a great Philosopher, an epic hero, an astute statesman and a supreme lover. The personality and teachings of Krishna have permeated into the national ethos and his exploits and miracles are a source of inspiration for the artistic expressions manifested in all parts of the country in their traditional folk and classical art forms. The theme of the museum is Srikrishna, Kurukshetra & Mahabharata. So, the art objects and antiquities related to the themes on different mediums have been arranged in different galleries of the museum.
With a view to impart ideas and ideals enshrined in the Mahabharata and to enlighten the people through the philosophies of Krishna, Bhishma, Vidura and other ancient philosopher and seers in state -of - the -art manner, the multimedia Mahabharata & Gita Gallery has been set up as an extension of the existing Sri Krishna Museum. The gallery has been established by Haryana Tourism in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India under the project 'Integrated Development of Panipat-Kurukshetra- Pinjore Circuit'.
The Gallery here represents the Mahabharata in a linear fashion. Through murals, mannequins, paintings and scenographies the story of Mahabharata has been depicted in an emphatic and effective way.
Kurukshetra is the land of Lord Krishna (the destroyer of the evil) and the Krishna Museum is a collection of art and craft of mythological and religious facts associated with the God. A number of beautiful sculptures, paintings and artistic creations are displayed in the museum. It also has historical artifacts relating to the Mahabharata war.
There are six galleries in the museum having a collection of wood carvings, metal objects, ivory carvings, palm leaf engraves, manuscripts etc. that depict the life of the God. Paintings from other states are also exhibited in the museum. Different paintings like the Madhubani Paintings, Tanjaur Paintings, Miniature Paintings and Krishna Paintings glorify the museum. Stone sculptures depicting the Krishna-Vishnu theme from the 1st century to 12th century are the main attraction of the museum. A few archeological evidences of the Mahabharata era are also exhibited in the museum. National and International Museum festivals are celebrated in the museum such as Mother’s day (May 2009), International Museum Day (May 2009), Janmashtmi (August 2009) etc. where the museum authorities make an attempt to create awareness among the visitors about the heritage and culture of Kurukshetra.