The Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya on the Shamla Hills in Bhopal is the National Museum of Mankind. It has been renamed as the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya and is a significant tourist place in Bhopal. This museum is engaged in recollecting the past rather than collection of the present.
The Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya was built on a pre historic ground in Madhya Pradesh, which is strewn with a number of painted shelters carved in the rocks. This anthropological institution is curated and built by the tribal folks in a way to display the way of living of the ancient tribals. Villages have been reconstructed and entire fishing villages replicated towards the lake etc.
The Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is spread across 200 acres of heaving lands located in one of the important pre-historic sites in India. The uniqueness of the Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is heightened by the fact that it is the one of the only museum worldwide to have numerous pre-historic painted rock shelters. This is a post colonial museum of communities, a repertoire of tribal and folk arts. There is a well stocked library, audio-visual archives, computerize documentations and a wide collection of ethnographic specimens, which are among the best collections worldwide.
The Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is located on the Shamla Hills, on the Upper lake front. It can be reached on the way to Van Vihar, where a road shoots off to the Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya.