Jadughar museum is one of the earliest and the largest multi-purpose museum in Asia and it is the ninth oldest museum worldwide. 'Jadughar' in Kolkata has completed 200 years. The museum which has been closed since last September for renovation purposes will once again be opened to all from today, February 4 2014.
The museum was closed for visitors since last September for renovation and restoration work. It is consider to be the oldest museums in Asia. Cultural Ministry is also going to provide a fund of Rs 100 crore for its makeover as a part of the bicentenary celebration of the museum, the makeover of the museum is said to be done in two phases.
As reported by Telegraph the galleries on Gandhara sculptures, human evolution, textiles and decorative arts have been modernized. Galleries on fishes, amphibian, reptiles, birds and Bharhut sculptures have been given a face-lift while a new gallery on coins would be the latest addition. Work on the remaining galleries in art, archaeology and anthropology sections will be undertaken later on in 2014-15.
The Museum has come up with some major changes. And one of them is LED lighting work, which adds an extra star to the museum, and the gloom and shadows that visitors found depressing, have been chased away.
Apart from that, two interactive kiosks have been introduced in the refurbished coin gallery and the human evolution gallery of the anthropological section. The labels are more viewer friendly and so are the maps and charts in the Bharhut and Gandhar galleries. Beside that they have also modernized visitor facilities by adding a souvenir shop and cafeteria.
Jadughar, which is the largest museum in India, was founded by Dr. Nathaniel Wallich in the year 1814. The Museum is said to have some rare collections of armors, antiques, skeleton, mummies, ornaments and other epic paintings.
This museum also holds a national importance under the Ministry of Culture. The Jadughar museum, is basically divided into important sections like Art section, Anthropological section, Archaeological section, Industrial section, zoological section and also few nearby attraction.