The summer holidays have been long and the weather has been extremely hot. Outdoor activities have been shelved for the time being. The kids are home for the summer break – 2 months to keep them occupied is a long time. As any mother would do, I've been on the look out for things that would be fun for them to do as well as a learning experience. As a child, I found museums – the traditional ones – quite boring. But now things have changed and museums across the world have made their displays interesting for all ages.
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My daughter was talking to a friend and she told her that they were planning to go to the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum. I didn't even know there was one in the city. So I did some reading and we decided to join her friends on their excursion to the museum. All activities are fun where friends are involved.
About The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum
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India's first underground museum is now open to the public and it's at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. Spread over an area of 10,000 square feet, this technology savvy virtual reality museum is a must visit.
This museum depicts the story of the planning and construction of Rashtrapati Bhavan; the British Viceroys who occupied the building till 1947; their reaction towards the freedom movement in the country; transfer of power; formation of the Republic; life and work of 13 Presidents of India since 1950; The museum is also home to a number of sketches and gifts received by Presidents from dignitaries from across the world.
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What Will You Find At The Museum
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- They have an excellent hand shadow show which explains everything you may want to know about the Presidential election process using the movement of hands. It's quite fascinating. They have a running commentary explaining the process as well.
- There is a Privalite Projection which appears to be a simple, see-through glass. But when the projector beams a live video, it becomes a TV telecasting daily news. Viewers can go behind the screen and continue to watch the show.
- A special square-shaped box beams 3D holographic images to accompany speeches of Indian Presidents. Stand anywhere and see them delivering their speeches. Feels like they're standing right there delivering it in real life.
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What The Kids Loved
- They have a photo booth where they click your picture and print it on stamps for you to take home. Isn't that cool!!
- All the kids were pretty excited about walking along Gandhiji, even if it was only using virtual reality.
- Since not many people know about this museum there weren't large crowds and we could see everything properly.
- Four kids can be a handful. The guide we hired, however, kept their interest intact with a lot of interesting information about the exhibits.
From a simulated battlefield with arms mounted on warriors, models of furniture, ceremonial coaches, photographs and memorabilia to paintings of the 19th Century – all this and more is up for public display at the new Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum. You can learn so much about the history of your country and the Presidents who have presided over it. Things You Need To Know
To visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the museum you would need to book in advance. You can access their booking site here. You should refer to this guide for instructions if you're planning a visit to the museum.
Timings: 9 AM – 4 PM
Days Of Entry: All days except Monday
Contact Details: 23013287, 23015321 Extn. 4662
Email Address: [email protected]
Documents Needed: All Indians need to carry a Valid Photo ID Card. Foreigners need to carry their original passport for identification.
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