Bankura has a rich cultural and traditional heritage and is known for its traditional music, crafts and other art forms. The place has contributed towards modern Bengal art and architecture. Bankura has gained much popularity among tourists hailing from across India and has many tourist attractions including Bishnupur, Joyrambati, Mukutmanipur and Susunia Hill.

Bankura is famous for folk music instruments, puppetry, the music genre of indigenous communities namely Jhumur and Baul-Fakiri artists. Under the RCCH initiative, the hubs of the folk art forms is the home to 31 artists who make folk musical instruments, 6 string puppeteers and 183  Baul artists.