BIHAR. India's sub-standard state museum infrastructure is set to be enhanced by plans for a new museum in Bihar, east India, scheduled to open in 2015. The museum will be built on a 13-acre site in the state capital Patna and focus on Pataliputra, the ancient predecessor of Patna. The principal funder, the state of Bihar, has hired UK culture consultancy Lord Cultural Resources to develop the masterplan for the museum, which has an estimated budget of $80m. "Great figures of ancient India--Buddha, Mahavir and Ashoka as well as scholars and poets of the court--will be featured in the museum, which will focus on the contribution of what is now Bihar to Indian and Asian civilisation," says Barry Lord, co-president of Lord Cultural Resources.