On International Museum Day today, here’s a look at some of the museums that you must visit.
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Museums hold so much information about history, science and culture. The vast variety of museums give us an insight of not only what could be but also of what has been. Observed on May 18 annually, the International Museum Day was declared in 1977 by the International Council of Museum (ICOM). The day is celebrated by taking part in activities based on the theme decided by the ICOM every year. The theme for this year is “The Power of Museums”.
The International Council Of Museums says, “Museums have the power to transform the world around us. As incomparable places of discovery, they teach us about our past and open our minds to new ideas — two essential steps in building a better future.” Museums not only get us more interested in things we already know but also tell us so much about things we might have never heard of. One of the best places to expand knowledge, museums are an important part of human heritage.
In India, the National Museum in Delhi has planned several activities to celebrate the occasion. Teachers’ training workshop in collaboration with various organisations is scheduled for May 18. Moreover, a meet of museum educators from central and state government museums is also planned for the day.
National Museum Delhi
One of the largest museums of India, National Museum has diverse articles from the magnificent ancient era. It was constructed in 1949 on the corner of Janpath in the lively city of Delhi. It is a best place to visit as one gets to know about the luxury coaches of trains, which were a long time back used by the great kings. It houses a variety of collections that include jewellery, paintings, armors, decorative arts and manuscripts.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum Mumbai
Positioned in proximity to the Gateway of India, Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum Mumbai was erected in the starting of the 20th century. It comprises of three main sections such as the archaeology section, natural history section and art section. Each section shows a variety of work of arts dating back to Gupta and Chaulkyas era.
Government Museum Chennai
Also hailed as Madras Museum, Government Museum is positioned in Egmore, which is among the busiest spots of Chennai. It was established in 1851 and exhibits different varieties pertaining to geology, zoology and anthropology and botany. The museum has excellent sections showcasing the main south Indian times encompassing, Chaulkyas, Chola and Vijaynagar.
National Rail Museum Delhi
The National Rail Museum has a great collection of more than 100 genuine size displays of Indian Railways. It is situated in Chanakyapuri over an area of 10 acres of land. There is a toy train that tenders ride of the site on daily basis. Some of the other collections put on sight are antique furnitures, working models, historical photographs, signalling tools and more. Except for Monday, the tourists can visit the museum from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Indian Museum Kolkata
Established in 1814 by Asiatic society of Bengal in Kolkata, Indian Museum has a unique collection of armors, skeletons, Mughal paintings and ornaments. It possesses six sections containing five galleries of creative and scientific work of arts that is archaeology, geology, economic beauty and art.