5 Most Interesting and Unusual Museums of India
Unique and striking collections of museums in India will take you for a ride in the past ancient age giving you a feeling of the culture of the then times. There are several types of museum in the country and these may include cultural museums, archaeological museums and technological museums. The museums in India are a favorite with almost all kinds of tourists. See the Indian History unfold itself in the silent walls of these museums which have the past closed in them. Here are the some of the most interesting and unusual ones.
Following are the top 5 Most Interesting and Unusual Museums of India
Wax Museum, Baywatch, Kanyakumari
Wax Museum, Baywatch is an Indian version of the London’s famous Madame Tussauds wax museum. Located inside Baywatch amusement Park in Kanyakumari, you can get yourself photographed alongside the celebrity of your choice. Some of the wax statues resemble original personalities closely while others are just wax copies. Wax statutes of the celebrities include Manmohan Sigh, executed ex President of Iraq Saddam Hussein, Amitab Bachchan, Tamil superstars like Rajanikanth, Mother Theresa, Mohan Lal, Tamil Nadu’s former CM J. Jayalalitha et al.
National Rail Museum, New Delhi
Located in Moti Bagh, New Delhi, National Rail Museum is one of its kind museums in Asia. Spread across an area of 11 acres, the museum houses varied and extensive collections. The collection mainly consists of antique steam, records, locomotives, models, carriages, photographs, documents, coat of arms, saloons et al. Both live exhibits as well as working and non-working models are found here. A toy train running around is an added attraction of this museum.
Archaeological Museum, Lothal
Located at Lothal near Ahmedabad, the museum throws light on a very important facet on the history of our civilization. Setup in 1976 the museum display the artifacts recovered from the excavation conducted from 1952 to 1961 and shows evidences that Harappan culture was flourishing in modern Gujarat before the birth of Jesus Christ. Out of the 5089 objects unearthed during the excavation, 800 objects are on display in the museum which includes terracotta ornaments, beads, painted potteries, human and animal figurines, potteries, bronze tools etc.
Island museum, Nagarjunakonda
Located in the midst of the Nagarjuna Sagar Lake, a 3.5 hours journey from Hyderabad will take you to the Island museum. Probably the only island museum in the world, this unique museum, given the shape of a Buddhist Vihara, houses an extensive range of remnants of Buddhist art and culture including a small tooth and an ear-ring believed to be of Shakyamuni Buddha. The lake is supposed to be the 3rd largest man-made lake and Nagarjuna sagar Dam is claimed to be the world`s largest masonry weir.
Jawahar Toy Museum, Pondicherry
A well maintained doll museum, Jawahar Toy Museum is located in Pondicherry town at the old Light House building close to Gandhi Maidan. The museum has a rare collection of decorated dolls and toys that that are representative of the culture of the region and the country. The dolls and toys are collected from different states in India. The dolls are avidly labeled and beautifully dressed in pretty colorful attires. The museum which is more like a dolls house is often visited by the children. Other attractions include a little fairyland with a tiny Ganesh which adds to the colors of the place.