The building in which we see the things related to art, culture, history and science, is called a museum. These things are kept here for the public. We can get a lot of general knowledge from this building. This building is a treasure house of great experience. We gain insight from this building related to the history, culture, civilization, lifestyle, religious practices, art and architecture of the country.
I always wished to visit the Indian Museum located in my city. In recent summer vacation, I asked my father to take me for a visit to the museum and he readily agreed. He made me the famous National Museum of Delhi. The Museum building is majestic and is itself a center of great attraction. When my parents and I entered the main building, we were surprised to see the systematic and well-arranged look of various objects of art and architecture. Each of these objects had a short note which mentioned the date and the place from where they were collected. There were many sections in building as per the subjects and periods of history. Initially, we saw images, sculptures, rock-engraved scriptures, coins, terracotta and various objects of historical and archaeological value.
There were many chambers in the building namely anthropological division and the display section, etc. We saw coins, statues, bricks, etc. in the archaeological part. There was Anthropological chamber mainly displayed relics and remains of ancient species of animals and human beings. We saw manuscripts in different languages in archaeological sections.
We saw old dresses, royal robes and weapons of great emperors. Charts, paintings, murals, etc. were the attraction in the archaeological chamber. Coins of different periods made us familiar with the artistic skill and technological progress of the time. We also enjoyed the vivid depiction of the lives of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha. We saw the historic Ajanta and Ellora paintings in one corner of the museum.
The first floor was allotted to the vivid presentation of the Indus valley civilization. We saw the relics of this most ancient civilization of the world in the forms of beads, broken pitchers, toys, stones and skulls. These things were excavated from the different centers of culture such as Harappa, Mohanjodaro, Lothal, Kalibanga etc. I was shocked to see the massive skeleton of a dinosaur. We had only read about it in books but did not see before today.
We saw the military equipment of different periods of history on the second floor. There were weapons like swords, sheets, shields, spears, helmets and different types of dresses of army general and military commander. We saw many statues of heroes, heroines and players in our country.
There will be no wonder if I say that we saw a small India of different periods. It displayed the whole detail of India’s life and literature. We had a wonderful experience visiting the Museum since it is indeed a storehouse of knowledge. It felt as if the past had come alive in front of our eyes.