The State Museum of Kohima
was established in 1964, but the present building was constructed in 1970. Rare collections of articles of different tribes, which speak about the history and tradition of the Nagas, historical artifacts, log drums, tools and implements, ancestral weaponry, Naga currencies of the past, attires of warriors, dresses of the women, jewelry, hearth of a Naga kitchen and such other items are on display. Traditional Naga lifestyles have been depicted in dioramas. 14 recognized major tribes and an equal number of sub-tribes inhabit Nagaland
. The museum gives the visitors information about the majority of these tribes in detail.
The museum has an art gallery where paintings by local artists are on display. The museum is open daily except Sundays from 6 00 - 16 00 hrs.