The Tribal Museum is positioned within the premises of Tribal Research Centre Campus in Muthorai Palada which is about 10 Km from the main Ooty town. The main goal of establishing the Tribal Museum, Ooty is to preserve the heritage of the tribes of Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In addition to showcasing the rich cultural heritage of these tribes, this museum also delves into anthropological and archaeological aspects of primitive human culture.
One of the outstanding features of Ooty Tribal Museum is its display of traditional houses belonging to various tribal communities, including the Toda, Kota, Paniya, Kurumba, and Kanikaran tribes. Visitors can get a close-up look at the architectural designs and way of life of these indigenous communities by exploring these homes.
The Tribal Research Centre itself serves as a centre for studying tribal communities along with preserving their heritage. The presence of a library with a collection of books and journals on tribal studies enhances the educational and research aspects of the center, making it a valuable resource for those interested in learning more about tribal cultures and traditions in Tamil Nadu and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The museum's exhibits includes tribal model huts, model temples, traditional ornaments, weapons, utensils, basketry, pottery, agricultural implements, hunting and fishing materials, paintings, photography, sculptures, and medicinal and minor forest produce items that showcases the depth and breadth of tribal culture and lifestyle. It's noteworthy that these artifacts are collected from approximately 36 different tribal ethnic communities in the state of Tamil Nadu, as well as from tribal communities in other states of India and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
How to Reach Tribal Museum Ooty
By Air: Coimbatore International Airport, about 96.5 Km away from the museum.
By Rail: Coimbatore Junction Railway Station, 88 Km away. From the railway station, you can avail of public transport or get a cab/ taxi to reach the museum.
By Road: Ooty is well-connected by road to nearby cities and states. You can use private vehicles, public transport, hire taxis or an auto-rickshaw to reach the museum.
Visiting time Tribal Museum Ooty
10 AM to 1 PM & 2 PM to 5 PM. Closed on Fridays, second Saturdays and National Public Holidays.
Entrance Fee Tribal Museum Ooty