International Museum Day: Naveen urges all to visit museums across Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of International Museum Day, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged all to visit the museums across Odisha to help promote the rich heritage of the state.

Taking to Twitter, the Odisha CM wrote: “Museums are treasure troves of knowledge and great window to our cultures. On this International Museum Day, I urge all to visit museums across Odisha like State Museum & and Kala Bhoomi in Bhubaneswar and help promote our rich heritage”.

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International Museum Day is celebrated annually on May 18 to raise awareness about the importance of museums as “means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.”

Events and activities related to International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or an entire week, according to the International Council of Museums, which organised the first International Museum Day in 1977. In line with the theme of International Museum Day 2019— “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”— here is a look at some of the most prominent museums in Odisha.

  • Museum of Tribal Arts & Artifacts (Bhubaneswar)

This superbly curated and displayed museum truly deserves inclusion in any discussion of the world’s finest ethnographic museums. This is an excellent museum – beautifully laid out, well displayed and with the added bonus of room attendants who are knowledgeable and very willing to answer any questions and talk about the exhibits more fully.

  • Odisha State Museum (Bhubaneswar)

There are various galleries in the museum such as the archaeology, armoury, manuscripts, bronze, painting, art & craft, epigraphy, numismatics, natural history and anthropology that exhibit certain artifacts.

  • Netaji Birth Place Museum (Cuttack)

This place is marked as the birth house of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, presently converted as a museum with artifacts related to his childhood days and Azad Hind army. The museum houses photographs, charts, household items from the Bose household which tell us the story of Netaji’s parents, his birth, education and his political journey in India and abroad.

  • Odisha Maritime Museum (Cuttack)

This excellent new museum, sitting on the bank of the Mahanadi River, focuses on Odisha’s centuries-old maritime history of trade and boat-building. The maritime museum shows the old Odisha, the unique shipbuilding design (Boita), the history of Odiya sailors and business spread.

  • Kala Bhoomi

Strolling past the traditional hut-shaped edifice of Kala Bhoomi at Pokhariput in Bhubaneswar, one will come across some exquisite paintings on the wall depicting the ethereal and beautiful culture of the state. Trees planted in and around add to its beauty. The crafts museum, spread over 12.68 acres, is divided into two blocks – handicrafts and handloom. The building is a replica of old Odia-styled household with a traditional courtyard connecting the two sections.

  • Regional Museum of Natural History (Bhubaneswar)

Giving out a message to conserve nature and natural resources is the museum in Bhubaneswar which displays a large variety of animals, plants and geology that belongs to Eastern and north-eastern India and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

  • Archaeological Museum (Konark)

Located on the northern side of the Konark temple complex, this museum started in 1968 contains the various pieces of carvings and reconstructed portions of the temple. It is a museum located near Sun Temple Konark which has preserved certain stones and architectural pieces of the temple.”

Here are some other museums to visit:

  • Pathani Samanta Planetarium (Bhubaneswar)
  • Regional Science Centre (Bhubaneswar)
  • Handicrafts Museum (Bhubaneswar)
  • Orissa Modern Art Gallery (Bhubaneswar)
  • Tribal Museum (Koraput)
  • Sudarshan Craft Museum (Puri)

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