Government Museum, Shimoga

Government Museum in Shivappanayaka Palace, Shimoga houses collection of archaeological and geological artifacts. Palacial residence of Shivappa Nayaka, 17th-century chieftain of the coastal areas and successors of the Vijayanagara Empire. The palace has two levels and is built of wood. The museum is housed in the courtyard and has numerous exquisitely carved sculptures, many of them from Balligavi, Kalkere and Somapura. Some of the notable pieces of work are Urga Narasimha and Mahishasura Mardhini.