Visakha Museum

            Museums are fascinating because they hide within their walls, not only one but many stories in it. Today we take you through the corridors of the Visakha Museum.

           Museums are the places where time is that are truly strange and scary. But wall holds so much, did you know that the Museum has its own story to tell? Yes, here it is.

            All began 200years ago, The building, the Maritime Museum didn’t look exactly lie this long back. But it stood regal and proud as an office for the Dutch. Those are the years when Indigo plantation was at a high and this building served as a warehouse. Then came the British who converted this into the residence of civil servants. When India attained freedom, the ownership was again passed on. In the 1940s, it was in the hands of the Raja of Dasapalla, one of the powerful Vizag families. And that wasn’t the end of the chain. The housing was developed and soon VUDA purchased the land for the purpose. And this is the point that where the story pause to catch its breath. Then the building would have gone for housing ( all you have to look at the building around it.) But few officers and citizens decided to change it. The idea for a residential construction was scrapped, and a Museum was planned here instead.transformed into space. From the paleolithic Era to World War 2, this is where time stops, rewinds and tells you the stories

          In 1991, the Visakha Museum opened to the public with its small growing collection. Around 2001, the Indian Navy requested for an Indian Maritime museum to be set up in the Dutch building. Today Visakha Museum houses the Indian Maritime Museum and also two blocks from the Archaeology Museum. The ancient Dutch building showcases various souvenirs from 1971, includes the bomb that was dropped in Vizag. Models of warships, planes, and Submarines also can be seen. A new building from 2004 holds varied archaeological artifacts including coins, paintings, the ancient armory and stuffed animals. The Archaeological wing, which was revamped in February 2016 has a vivid collection of artifacts from the Kalingandhra region, that includes historical treasures of old crockery, jewelry, maps, tools, manuscripts, silk costumes.

         On an average 400 people come in every day with the numbers going up to even 800 people on holidays. June to January being peak season for the visitors. Regular art camps and various activities are held here.

Home to many stories that talk about the part of the city and region. Hope that the Visakha Museum only gets richer with time and that tomorrow’s citizens talk about it with the same zeal as we did.

 

 

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