Established in 1971, the Archaeological Museum is situated in front of the famous ancient centre of learning in Nalanda. Their collection comprises of a small yet beautiful range of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain statues, sculpted in bronze. They also possess a number of undamaged statues of Lord Buddha. Two huge terracotta jars of the first century are kept for display behind the museum in a shaded enclosure. Other collection includes copper plates and stone inscriptions, coins, pottery, and samples of burnt rice (12th century AD), found in the ruins.