Museums in India you should visit
The concept of a museum is to collect, preserve and exhibit objects that embody the vestiges of our past. In the context of the 21st century, museums may seem out of place, but they play an important role in the rapidly digitizing world.
They provide insight into our shared pasts and the milestones we have reached. Museums are mirrors, a spectacle and a reservoir of our evolution in the society that we are today.
Ahead of International Museum Day, here are some interesting Indian museums to visit.
BEST Museum, Bombay: If local trains are the heart of Mumbai, the BEST red buses are its lungs! They criss-cross across the city to help Mumbaikars reach their desired destinations. The BEST museum in Wadala, Mumbai is a tribute to the city’s transport system. Here you can learn all about the city’s bus system, its origin and its evolution. You can also find old bus tickets, black and white photographs of vintage buses, and even a collection of badges and bus driver uniforms.
BEST museum, Mumbai | YPF Photo
RBI Currency Museum, Mumbai: India has been using money for several centuries. It was one of the first money issuers. Excavations show that coins existed even at the time of Mohenjo Daro. Money has evolved from metal coins to paper money. The RBI Currency Museum in Mumbai aims to give an insight into the history, evolution and significance of money over the years.
RBI Currency Museum, Mumbai | YPF Photo
Score Museum, Amritsar: The museum stands as a monument to our tainted past. The museum houses artifacts, stories, pictures and documents belonging to the refugees who fled their homes in Pakistan during partition. It is the first music museum in the world and was inaugurated on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of India’s independence in 2017. In addition to physical objects, the museum has several galleries in the building which play more of 100 reminders of those fateful days by survivors.
Score Museum, Amritsar | YPF Photo
Museum of Christian Art, Goa: Located on the picturesque sacred hill of Old Goa, the museum brings together two distinct cultures in a marvelous blend of art. The artifacts are a tasteful blend of Indian and European cultures and depict the confluence of Indo-Portuguese art. The museum underwent an upgrade until 2017-2020. The reopening has been postponed due to Covid, but art lovers can still take virtual tours through their website.
Christian Art Museum, Goa | YPF Photo
All About Alcohol, Goa: When you think of whisky, you instantly think of Scotland. And, when you think of Feni, the first thing that comes to mind is Goa. However, there are no records available on the evolution of various alcoholic beverages, especially Feni. All About Alcohol is the first alcohol museum in India. Located in the village of Candolim in North Goa, the museum boasts of several artifacts and the rich history of Feni. It also displays information about other alcohols. Huge glass vats in which alcohol was stored a few centuries ago also find their place here.
All About Alcohol, Goa | YPF Photo
Camera Museo, Gurugram: The Museo Camera is a museum of cameras and photographs through the century and includes equipment from around the world. The museum originates from the personal collection of renowned Indian photographer and image historian, Aditya Arya, who began collecting cameras in the 1970s. Housed in a space of 15,000 square feet, the camera collection and Rare Photographs is the largest assemblage of vintage photo equipment in India.
Camera Museum, Gurugram | YPF Photo
National Railway Museum, Delhi: The National Rail Museum is an over 160-year-old representation of the country’s railway system that spans 11 acres of land in the capital, Delhi. The museum has a unique layout – it is built like a railroad yard. Life-size exhibits of engines, wagons and other train parts through the years are displayed here. There are also photographs, memoirs and other documents that create a mosaic of India’s illustrious journey of rails. Children can enjoy mini train rides, 3D coach rides and other simulators.
National Railway Museum, Delhi | YPF Photo
Shankar International Doll Museum, Delhi: Set up by famous cartoonist K. Shankar Pillai, the Shankar International Doll Museum is located at Nehru House, Delhi. The idea for a doll museum came about after Shankar received a doll from a Hungarian ambassador. She has since grown into one of the largest costume doll collections in the world, with over 6,500 different types of dolls from around the world. The museum is divided into sections that feature dolls from different parts of the world like the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, etc.
Shankar International Doll Museum, Delhi | YPF Photo
Paldi Kite Museum, Ahmedabad: Gujarat is known for the Uttarayan festival in January where people gather and fly kites. However, the Paldi Kite Museum in Ahmedabad is no ordinary collection of kites. It is the result of the efforts of Bhanubhai Shah, who donated his personal collection of over 125 rare kites to the Municipality of Ahmedabad in 1984. The museum has unique kites with mirrors, prints and even Japanese kites.
Paldi Kite Museum, Ahmedabad | YPF Photo
Calico Textile Museum, Ahmedabad: The Calico Museum in Ahmedabad is a unique collection of textiles of Indian origin and heritage. Founded in 1949, the museum is the brainchild of pioneering art historian Dr. Ananda Coomaraswamy and Gautam Sarabhai, owner of Calico Mills in Ahmedabad. The materials of royal tents, carpets, rugs, costumes and furniture, etc., are some examples of the diversity of textiles in the museum. Interestingly, the USP of the museum is not only its dedication to textiles, but also the non-traditional method of displaying artifacts. The curators have created a very organic and almost seamless blend of the textiles, rather than just displaying them in isolation.
Calico Textile Museum, Ahmedabad | YPF Photo
Published on: Sunday, May 15, 2022, 07:00 IST