The National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy Reference Library has around 10,000 volumes in the area of Arts and Crafts, including many classics and rare books, and is open to the public. Books are available for reference on site and may not leave the premises.

The Library is open Monday through Friday from 09:30 am-6:00pm. The Library is closed on Saturday, Sunday and Gazetted Holidays.

*Note : Library is closed due to renovation work and can be accessed by special permission only.

Audio Visual Room

The Audio-Visual Room at the National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy is a small indoor theatre (capacity 40), which has regular screenings of short films on Crafts.

The National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy has been building its film archive and has some excellent documentation of crafts in its collection.

The Museum periodically hosts film festivals, offering special viewing selections. Screenings of particular films can also be made on request.

The Audio-Visual Room is open from 10am-6pm daily except Mondays and national holidays.

Conservation Laboratory

The Museum has a modest laboratory for the conservation and restoration of objects in the Museum Collection.


Temporary Exhibitions and Performance Spaces

Apart from the permanent galleries, there are two temporary galleries in the Museum, where temporary exhibitions are also held from time to time. National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy has four open theatres. Which can be used for the cultural performances and association collaboration events.

Saranga Amphitheatre – Saranga Amphitheatre is an open area theatre that has a capacity around 500 people.


Kadambari Theatre – This theatre has a capacity around 400 people.


Angan Manch – Angan Manch is situated in the village complex area and it has a capacity around 100 people.


Pilkhan Manch – This theatre has a capacity around 70 persons.


Special Exhibition Galleries (Under renovation)

There are two galleries for temporary exhibitions, either those mounted by the Museum itself or in collaboration with other organisations.

Special Exhibition Gallery 1 adjoining the Pigeon House Courtyard