Virtual visit to Indian Museum

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Why in news?

  • Museum enthusiasts can now admire the rare collections of jewels, antiques, fossils, andbiological specimens in India’s oldest and biggest museum without stirring out of their homes.


  • The initiative, titled  ‘Online  Exhibition: Rare & Precious Antiques from Indian MuseumKolkata Collection’, has over 40 artefacts, with photographs and captions explaining their significance. These include, among others, an emerald bow ring of Shah Jahan, a golden goblet  studded  with precious stones that belonged to Jehangir, a terracotta vase from Baluchistan dating back to 4,000-3,000 BCE, and a third century crystal casket that is said to have contained the relics of the Buddha.
  • The artefacts are priceless. There is a need to display them with a lot of caution, under strong security surveillance.  Until there makes to upgrade our security, the digital interface provides us an opportunity to make more people aware of the collection.

Indian Museum Kolkata:

  • Founded in 1814 at the cradle of the Asiatic Society of Bengal (at the present building of the Asiatic Society, 1 Park Street, Kolkata), Indian Museum is the earliest and the largest multipurpose Museum not only in the Indian subcontinent but also in the Asia-Pacific region of the world.
  • With the foundation of Indian Museum in 1814, the Museum movement started rolling in India and through the years from then, got a new fillip and great momentum. Since then, it has so magnificently developed and culminated into the fruitful existence of more than 400 museums in the country.
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