Museums have been a center of fascination for almost all of us, particularly if we have been a student of history. Due to its magnificent past and strong cultural heritage, the country is also a location for spectacular museums. Given below are 5 such museums that are meant to be known whether you are a historian or not.
- The National Museum – New Delhi.
Considered as India’s finest museum, the origin of the museum dates back to the days before independence when it was established and housed at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. It consists of a comprehensive collection of the Indian Art, right from the pre-historic to the medieval period. The museum also includes examples from India’s artistic traditions as well as collections from central Asia and pre Columbian art of the Americas.
- The Prince of Wales Museum – Bombay (now, Mumbai).
This city is a place of crowd, activities, local trains and buildings that stand since the time of British Raj. One such building is the Prince of Wales museum which is named after Prince George (after V) who visited India in 1905 and laid the foundation stone for the building. The architecture of this place can be termed as a British interpretation of the Mughal period and contains paintings, artifacts not just from the Indian dynasties but also consist of Tibetan and Nepali art.
- The Indian Museum – Calcutta (now, Kolkata).
This is the oldest museum in India and dates back to the 19th Century. This museum was established when the Asiatic Society felt the need to establish a museum. The building is a solid construction of the Victorian Era in India, but experts believe it is inappropriate as a museum. However, apart from the archeological sections of sculptures, coins, art, it has an extensive collection of minerals from all parts of India, has an anthropology section and houses old-fashioned dioramas of various tribes of India.
- The Utensils Museum – Ahmedabad.
Ahmedabad can be termed as a city of museums in its own unique ways, having a museum of kites, textiles and also utensils. The Utensils museum was built by Surendra Patel and not as old. As the name suggests, it is entirely concerned with utensils. It is said that Patel, had gone for an all-India hunt to assemble more than 10,000 exhibits for this museum.
- Island museum – Nagarjunakonda.
Probably, the only island museum in India, it is situated in the midst of the Nagarjuna Sagar Lake, which is a 3.5 hours journey from Hyderabad. It has been given the shape of a Buddhist Vihara and has an extensive collection of the remnants of Buddhist art and culture which also includes a small tooth and an ear-ring believed to be of Shakyamuni Buddha.
Museums have been a favorite among tourists and localities alike. The country houses an extensive collection of museum – some cultural, some historical, archeological and even technological. Whatever the purpose may be, one thing is for sure – all of them surely take the viewer through a ride to history in their own special way.