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Mumbai's museum-on-wheels coming to an area near you

The plan is to reach as many suburbanites as possible; however, the main target audience is school students.

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The Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSVS), is all set to visit your area in a luxury bus. It will be the first museum in Mumbai to introduce the concept of museo-bus, a museum display-on-wheels, and will start its journey in city’s suburbs from February 2014.

Museum director Sabyasachi Mukherjee said, “Many suburbanites have not seen the museum because they don’t want to travel on a holiday. We wanted to reach more people and, hence, decided to have a museo-bus. It is a popular concept abroad.”

The CSVS team surveyed 53 schools in the suburbs and Raigad area to understand what people like. “The exercise helped us understand which schools can be our nodal agency in a particular area, where the museo-bus can be parked during a visit,” said Mukherjee.

He added that they will invite all those living in and around the area of visit to display their culture.
“We plan to have a fair-like atmosphere wherever the bus is parked. The bus is designed in such a way that things can be displayed around it too,” he said.

Mukherjee said the visit to the museo-bus, which is in the final phase of design, will be free and interactive. Taking help of new-age technology, the museum has also planned a series of DVDs detailing the story of Indian sculptures. The DVDs will present various important sculptures on display in the museum and relate them to ancient temples to build a theme on the subject; 12 such DVDs will be launched.

“In our initial trips, we will have Indus Valley civilisation on display. We plan to have miniature paintings on cards and information on natural history, among other things. Our main target audience is students. We are working out an itinerary,” said Mukherjee.

The pioneers of the innovative project

Motorised mobile museums date back to 1948, when Illinois State Museum in the US started it first with its ‘Museum Mobile’.

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