India is a country steeped in culture and heritage. It is no wonder that you find museums of all sizes strewn around the country. Some museums come in modest sizes, like Dr Abdul Kalam’s house at Rameshwaram and Lokmanya Tilak’s birth place at Ratnagiri. But some others are humungous, with multiple buildings and wings. Examples are Salarjung museum in Hyderabad, National Museum in New Delhi, Indian Museum in Kolkata, Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya in Mumbai, Baroda Museum at Vadodara, St Andrew’s Archaeological Site Museum in Old Goa and the biggest of them all, the Government Museum in Chennai.
Regardless of the size, one thing about them doesn’t change. All of them are based on a single activity. Things of value are collected from around India and showcased in glass cases or pedestals. These valuable articles are collected either from archaeological sites or from affluent donors who themselves are avid collectors. Our day is spent walking between aisles, studying the exhibits and reading the caption or the story attached to the exhibits. These museums are wonderful and each represents a slice of culture in India. And yet…. !
There are some museums that are an exception. Something about them is extra special. They differentiate themselves from the hundreds of regular museums in some way. In this post, we see 8 such museums around India. So, kicking of our first listicle or list-based article, here is the list of the 8 most unique museums around India. Continue reading