The collection of the Art Gallery is one of the most distinctive of its kind not only because of its richness but also because it contains some objects of art unparalled in the country. The collection has been built up primarily with great enthusiasm, drive and initiative of the late Dr. M. S. Randhawa who had a discerning eye of anything of aesthetic and antiquarian value. A total collection of the objects preserved in this Museum, as of now, will be to the extent of 10,000 approximately.
Over the years many objects have been added, and are being acquired through the efforts of the Art Purchase Committee of this Museum, which usually meets once a year. The major attraction of the collection of this Museum is represented by 627 Gandhara sculptures and about 4000 Indian miniature paintings particularly belonging to the Pahari School of Art. In addition, there are about 200 Medieval Indian Sculptures mostly found from nearby sites of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
There is also a representative collection of Indian Gold, Silver and Copper coins, and a few good examples of Indian textiles. Some rare terracotta figurines, jewellery and other decorative arts, pottery and other miscellaneous objects of art are there in the collection. The Museum has a good collection of contemporary Indian Sculptures, Paintings and Graphics made by renowned artists of the respective fields.