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GS 1: Art & Culture

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India has partnered with Portugal to set up a National Maritime Heritage Museum at Lothal in Gujarat.


  • The Indian Navy will be the stakeholder in the project and the Portuguese Navy will assist as they have experience in it by administering the maritime museum in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • India is to follow a similar model of the maritime museum.
  • In March 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the project and the Government of India has allocated a grant for building the maritime museum.
  • The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Shipping through its Sagarmala programme.
  • The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) along with the State government and other stakeholders is also involved in setting up the museum.
  • The initial discussion about the partnership was held during the visit of Portuguese Defence Minister João Gomes Cravinho to India in April 2019.
  • A Defence Ministry-led delegation will visit Portugal to study the existing museum.

Maritime Museum:

  • A maritime museum is a museum that specializes in displaying the objects related to ships and travel on large bodies of water.
  • A subcategory of maritime museums are naval museums, which focus on navies and the military use of the sea.
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