Conserving the Puneri culture – Museums of PuneHistorical places — By Kadambari on November 17, 2010 at 1:08 PM
Pune has a rich cultural heritage which has been preserved through several museums in the city. These museums let us peep into the past that has been held graciously by them for several years.
We at the Punekar list out some of the eminent museums in Pune.
Set up especially for the tribal community, this museum displays the creativity of the tribes of Maharashtra through their artefacts. The museum was set up in 1962 and is maintained by the Tribal research and training centre. There are over 2000 collectibles that have come from 47 different tribes of the state.
Location: – Next to Don Bosco Youth Centre, near Queens garden.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
The museum is a treasure house of Dr Kelkar’s aka Kaka’s rare art collection. His obsession for art resulted in a huge collection of artefacts from across the country. All these collectibles are now showcased at the Kelkar museum. Right from household things to musical instruments, paintings, coins, ivory boxes and variety of toys, the place houses it all.
Location: Bajirao Road
Mahatma Phule Museum
Earlier known as the Lord Ray museum, Mahatma Phule museum was established in 1875. The museum displays a wide collection of industrial, handicrafts and agricultural items. The body samples of animals’ right from elephants to seal fishes put up on display is the specialty of this place. The other attractions include brassware, oil paintings, marble statues and stone carvings.
Location: Ghole Road, Shivaji nagar
National Film Archive Museum
Established in 1964, National Film Archive museum is one of the largest film archives in Asia. It has a wide collection of film journals, audio tapes, scripts, photographs, wall posters and records. It houses award winning films, off beat cinema, critically acclaimed movies, art, box office hits and documentaries. The museum has been enriching its collection every year as more path breaking movies are been made.
Location: Jayakar Bunglow, Law college road.
Tilak museum is one of major attractions of Pune. This place unfolds the life of great Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. The museum showcases some personal items, exclusive photographs and letters of Tilak. The biographical facts put up here gives us detailed information about this great reformer’s life.
Location: Kesari Wada, Narayan Peth.
Set up in the memory of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, this museum houses a wide collection of items used by the legendary. The museum is constructed in a dome shape with light blue colour. All the items put up here reflect the life of Dr. Ambedkar. Right from his chairs, night lamps, violin, paper weight, footwear to clothes and even his favourite wall clock, you will find several collectibles related to his life at the museum.
Location: Senapati Bapat road
Joshi’s museum of miniature railways
Founded by Mr. B.S Joshi, the museum depicts wonderfully done models of miniature railways. The museum is the result of Mr. Joshi’s obsession for collecting train models. The layout of these trains is done intellectually depicting realistic scenes. The layout comprises 65 signals, lamppost, fences and flyovers. The control panel has over 1000 wires controlling the movement of these miniature railways. A visit to this museum certainly leaves you awestruck as the creativity is definitely praiseworthy.