Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is spread over 200 acres of undulating land on the Shamla Hills in Bhopal
. It is situated in a prehistoric site and may be the only museum in the world strewn with numerous prehistoric painted rock shelters. This post colonial museum of communities is dedicated to revitalization of local knowledge systems and life enhancing traditions. The museum displays a miniature version of Indian folk ways through display of ecospecific habitations and subsistence practices in the tribal, coastal, desert and Himalayan habitats. The library, audio-visual archive, computerized documentation and the collection of ethnographic specimens in the museum are among the best in the world.