After my visit to the Church, I headed to the hotel since my next place of visit was the Allahabad Museum. As per the hotel’s travel desk information, the Museum opened only at 10.30 AM, so I had more than an hour to myself. At 10.15 AM, I was again out of the hotel and decided to walk to down to the Museum. It took me less than 10 minutes to reach the place.
The location of the Museum was very prominent. The wide, brick brown structure along with the sprawling green lawn at the front and the plush garden, was an attraction enough for the visitors to enter. Once inside, the enormity of the museum and the various collections held me spellbound. There are 18 galleries in the Museum. The various collections include the Indus Valley Civilization art and artefacts, Stone sculptures, the literary gallery of the freedom fighters and other famous personalities and pre-historic tools with the terracotta utensils.
The best feature is that each section has a separate theme. In one of the halls, there was a huge framed photograph of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru along with some of his personal belongings, documents and an autobiography, which he wrote. It gave me a warm feeling to sense these personal effects, since I have only heard of them before, but to see them in real and to feel the bygone eras was something else!
Another gallery, which attracted my attention, was the terracotta collection. The oldest terracotta material, dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization, is in this Museum. Statues of dancing scenes, armours, feast and hunting is worth seeing and getting to know about the earlier civilization. There was also a gallery displaying gold coins and other coin collection belonging to the Gupta and the Kushana period.
The Ministry of Culture does a great deal to make the guests’ visits as informative as possible. There were several maps and charts to make the visitors understand the uses and importance of the artefacts displayed in the museum. There were several displays of paintings from the Bengal School of art too. The gallery containing Roerich’s painting is worth a visit. The display of different automobiles from the year 1948 was good.
I happened to look inside a huge hall and got to know that it was an auditorium, which could hold about 150 people. People book this auditorium from time to time for competitions, functions and events. Overall, the visit to the museum was a thrilling experience and around 1 PM, I was on my way back to the hotel.