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Hasta Shilpa Heritage House

Hasta Shilpa Heritage House & Children's Museum of Toys and Playthings:

Hasta Shilpa Heritage House & Children’s Museum is located at Anant Nagar, 2nd Stage, Manipal, only a couple of kilometres away from the Heritage Village. It is the ‘newest old’ project of Hasta Shilpa Trust, and was the original home of our founder, Vijayanath Shenoy, built by him in the late 1980s. It was his first attempt at setting up an ethnographic museum within his own ‘traditional’ home.

Designed as a courtyard house or chowki mane, this house displayed his eclectic collection of household artefacts such as cooking and storage vessels, tools and implements used in olden times. Built with salvaged material from other derelict structures, this beautiful house is replete with carved wooden pillars and panels. Vijayanath Shenoy lived there with his young family for several years but the publicity surrounding his home led to a great loss of privacy and eventually forced him to leave it and set up home elsewhere in Manipal. However, it is considered by the Trust to be its flagship project and is the genesis of Vijayanath Shenoy’s early ideas on restoration and conservation work.   

The house was shut down for more than one and a half decades until Hasta Shilpa Trust decided to restore it with the financial support of Dorabji Tata Trusts & Allied Trusts, Mumbai, in 2016. The Hasta Shilpa Trust also decided to house its collection of toys and playthings in this historic heritage house. Inaugurated on Children’s Day, November 14, 2017, hundreds of school children upto standard 7 have visited it on excursion tours. It is open every year from November through February, exclusively for school tours on advance booking for a nominal cost.   

Plans are afoot to animate the Heritage House space in other ways for the rest of the year.

Notice in advance at least in one or two days is necessarily needed to avoid any disappointment.

Visitors in groups are much welcome and appreciated.

Please check our website for updates on its schedule.  

For advance booking please call :- +91 9845229701 - +91 0820-2574577 or mail us at

Timings: 10 AM to 12.30 | 2.00PM to 4.30 PM

Entry Fee: Rs. 20/- per head - For children as individuals , Rs. 40/- per head - For Adults.

Group concession for schools are available. Please see School Excursions


Kindly note that Hasta Shilpa Heritage House will not be open to visitors till next announcement due to COVID-19 pandemic. 
Your kind cooperation is much appreciated in this regard.


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