Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, is a foremost museum of North India having collections of Gandharan sculptures, Pahari and Rajasthani miniature artwork. It owes its lifestyles to the partition of India in August, 1947. Prior to the partition, the collections of art gadgets, artwork and sculptures had been housed inside the Central Museum, Lahore, then the capital of Punjab. After partition, the department of collections happened on April 10, 1948. 66% of items had been retained by using Pakistan and 40 percent collection fell in the proportion of India.
The museum turned into inaugurated on 6 May 1968 through Dr. M. S. Randhawa, then the Chief Commissioner of Chandigarh. The Government Museum and Art Gallery became designed via the Swiss born French architect, Le Corbusier alongside along with his partner architects specifically Manmohan Nath Sharma, Pierre Jeanneret and Shiv Dutt Sharma. The layout was completed all through the length of 1960-62 and construction came about among 1962 and 1967. It is a part of the three museums designed through Le Corbusier, the opposite being Sanskar Kendra, Ahmedabad and National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo.