Pondicherry Museum is located in the former Law Building. The museum has a collection of rare bronzes and stone sculptures from the Pallava and Chola dynasties and artefacts excavated from Arikamedu (an ancient port 7 kms from the city that had trade links with the Roman empires).
On the ground floor, the major attraction is the central space with 3 curious transport mechanisms - a coach, a palanquin (sedan chair) and a pousse-pousse (an earlier version of the rickshaw) which required two attendants, one to steer and one to push.
The bronze gallery displays the images of gods and goddesses together with a wide collection of temple lamps used across different dynasties down the centuries. Pre-Christian relics which you will find here, such as remnants of Greek and Roman jars, pieces from the Tsung Periods in China and beads made from glass and precious stones were dug out from the Arikamedu site, just south of Puducherry.
The museum also has a Geology room, a shell and fossil room and a collection of handicrafts, coins, church relics and French furniture.