Museums are the places where one could read the unread pages of history. Just consider if there were no museums or emporiums how we could understand the typical lifestyles of ancient people, the equipment they used and so on. Learning history is not everyone’s cup of tea. Some may like it and some may hate it. But most of the people love to stroll the museums even the history haters. That is the power of exhibition centres. No wonder why people say visual communication is more powerful than verbal communication in some circumstances. Traversing the avenues of museums will bring you closer to history. Without understanding the epics of olden days no one could bring changes in the present situation. Just as each country shelters a museum Andaman and Nicobar island also comprises not only one but five! Where countries showcase their powerful weapons, attires, utensils, furniture, writing equipment, decorative items and many more in the museum, the islanders of Andaman display the fossils of extinct terrestrial and aquatic species. And also they exhibit the various kinds of equipment they used for angling and hunting. As we all the island is also occupied by nomadic tribes and if possible travellers could see their special ‘weapons’ in the museum. Every year hundreds of travellers tour the island to explore its charming beauty and also to understand their past by visiting the museums. While talking about museums how could I forget to mention the infamous yet captivating national museum of the island called Cellular Jail? There would be no traveller who winds up his or her tour without visiting the cellular jail. It was the place where many brave and courageous freedom strugglers were imprisoned during the colonial period. Cellular jail is an inevitable part of every Andaman and Nicobar tour packages. So now let us narrow down the following paragraphs to learn more about museums on the island.
Famously known as ‘Kala Pani’, cellular jail is situated in the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Island. The construction of massive cellular jail started in the year 1896 and ended in the year 1906. Many eminent freedom fighters like Vinayak Damodar Sarvakar, Yogendra Shukla and Bhattukeshwar Dutta spends their last days of life in the jail. Inside the jail, the freedom fighters were tortured mentally and physically, some prisoners were forced to face inhuman conditions. Many were hanged to death. Years passed many portions of have been destroyed. Later the Indian government took the initiative and declared it as a national museum. From then onwards everyday a light and sound show are telecasted in the jail to the public in order to provide a glimpse of the past. By buying an entry pass travellers could traverse the museum and be part of the freedom fighter’s life.
Have ever heard about a museum dedicated to trees? I am sure the answer would be NO. But one such museum is present in Andaman and Nicobar Island that shows different artworks done on trees and plants. Travellers from Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Mumbai visit the place to capture the scintillating images of artefacts formed from expensive trees such as paduak, timber, oak, gurjan, satinwood and so on by purchasing tour packages. When you hear the word forest museum I am sure you might have thought it would be constructed in the midst of the forest, isn’t it? But it is not like anything. The museum is actually built inside the Chatham sawmill! The favourable time to visit the forest museum is from November to March.
Samudrika Naval Museum
Samudrika Naval Museum is popularly known as Fisheries Museum. It is located at a distance of 9 km from Port Blair. The museum can also be called as an aquarium. It protects various species of marine organisms such as coral reefs, shells, and so on. It clearly exhibits the marine ecosystem, and aquatic plants and many more. The museum is classified into five sections such as anthropology, history, geography, marine life, and tribal. The first section showcases volcanoes, tribal settlements, insects and type of forests. The second part displays various collections of marine fishes. The third section displays marine formation. The penultimate section displays various collections of tribal settlements and various types of seashells. The final segment is home to a variety types of butterflies, reptiles like snakes and currencies used during the war and many more. The museum is run by Indian Navy. Inside the museum, one could also visit a small zoo. It shelters saltwater crocodiles of Haddo. Along with it, visitors could see the skeleton of the blue whale inside a glass box. The favourable time to visit the samudrika naval museum is from November to February. And the visiting time is from 8.30 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm.
The Anthropological Museum is constructed with an aim to gain information about the tribal settlements prevailed in the Andaman and Nicobar Island. The oldest tribal group that lived on the island are onges, sentinels, jarwa, nicobarese and so on. The Zonal Anthropological Museum was constructed in Port Blair in 1975. The museum displays various materials such as equipment, handicrafts, tools, attires, ornaments, utensils, weapons and many more. The aim of the museum is to give a brief knowledge about the lifestyle led by the extinct Palaeolithic groups of Andaman. They also telecast documentaries and short films related to ancient people, their lifestyle, social customs and many more.
From the above information, you might have understood how much importance the islanders give to the museum. While strolling through the museum travellers could update their knowledge and also become part of ancient culture and tradition. If you really want to visit all the important places on the island at cheap rates and in the comfortable mode without any doubt you can avail of tour packages from Andaman Tour Travel. They draft packages by giving importance to customer’s desires and expectations. To enjoy your trip purchase the tour packages before it expires.