From the office for the Dutch to the Warehouse for Indigo plantation to residence of civil servants of British to the place where present Visakha Museum stood, indeed changed many hands to remain one of the best places where the history of Vizag still reverberates. Here, one can re-imagine the glorious past with its rich cultural heritage and a vibrant potpourri of traditions has been immortalized.
There is a lot that can be learned by visiting Visakha museum, where you can broaden your horizon and understanding of the world you live in. From Palaeolithic Era to World War II relics, impressive art forms and unique collections of rare artefacts of royal families to priceless antiques, Interesting items like crockery, coins, silk attires, manuscripts, letters, periodicals and maps and luxurious vestiges and other fascinating displays, this museum in Vizag is indeed a treasure trove that leave you with an everlasting pride in the magnificence of the city.
The range of objects and works on display is breathtaking. And the curiosity of the visitor and the enlightenment mixed with delight that came from engagement with the works of art and with the people who looked after them and cared for them is something more important.
The Collection Portraits :
Oil on canvas: Standing portraits, some of them life-size, of members of the royal family of Vizianagaram and Bobbili.
Armoury: Two full suits of armor, two stands of spears and muzzle loading guns, several ancient weapons such as steel bows.
Hand Guns: English handguns and revolvers of various types are acquired from the Police Armory, having been decommissioned on the transfer of power on the 15th August 1947. At least one revolver has an inscription in French.
Swords and Daggers: A large collection of daggers and long-bladed swords and bodices of chain-mail are also in the collection.
Helmets: Three varieties of helmets are identified, resembling desogms of British, and probably of Greek / Roman and Viking helmets.
Taxidermy Exhibits: Two magnificent Bengal tigers (stuffed) which are hunting trophies of Jeypore Royalty are excellent examples of the art and science of taxidermy. Valuable HEIRLOOMS of Ankitam family consisting of an antique Buddhist Pagoda, a silk skirt, RAMAYANA on palm-leaf, costume jewellery and medallions are donated by their descendants. Astronomical instruments from the A.V. Jagga Rao Observatory of 1900’s in Vizag are also unique items.
Porcelain And Glass: A dinner set of porcelain with family coat of-arms inclusive of Telugu script which was made in 1920’s in Czechoslovakia and glass wine set are from Bobbili Royal family.
Gandhi Memorabilia: A desk used by Mahatma Gandhi and later by late Sri Tenneti Viswanatham along with photographs of the Mahatma walking with other personalities of Vizag, and photos of the Ankitam House in which Gandhiji stayed while in Vizag.
Facilitative Decorations: of the first Poet-Laureate Sripada Krishnamurthi Sastry : Suvarna Gandapenderam, Mani Kireetam, MahaMahopa-dhyaya insignia and medallions; An invaluable collection of 32 works of art by the celebrated artist of Andhra, Adivi Bapiraju; A Burmese Silver bowl with Budda Jataka Katha on it; old violins from Germany and Czechoslovakia; old watches, clocks, documents, photographs and a collection of over 200 rare and old books from the personal libraries of prominent personalities of Vizag with which the Museum Library was started Â
Memoribilla from Locals / Institutions
ST. Aloysius School: Shell of a 250-lb bomb dropped by Japanese on Vizag during II World War, which fortunately did not explode.
Hindustan Shipyard: Coconut broken by the First Prime Minister Jawaharalal Nehru when launching the first India-built ship S.S. JALA USHA and a model of the ship.
Vizag Port Trust: Bronze busts of port officers including Nanjundiah, first Indian Chairman.
Indian Navy : Maritime Wing The one of a kind in entire east coat of India the maritime section showcases rare artifacts such as a 2500 old Statue of Lord Varuna and also displayed are several naval warfare memorabilia of the museum also displays a wide array of attractions including armory from by gone era weapons of yester years and rare photographs and documents.
It’s worth reminding ourselves of all these things and of how important museums are to that process of enlightenment and delight that takes us all on a journey to new discovery and understanding. It’s more important than ever for us to assert this truth. We need to continue to assert the value and importance of museums to us and our communities.
Visakha Museum was reopened on 23rd of January after months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking to Hello Vizag, curator of the museum B Sanyasi Naidu said plans are afoot to develop this museum further as per the directions of the GVMC commissioner, G Srijana.
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