Museums are the centres of heritage. They exhibit or depict usually articles or cultures that hold or held huge importance at some point in time. When we hear the term museum, what comes to our mind is large, magnificent galleries, splendid infrastructure etc. Usually museums depict or represent something that enhances our knowledge. These facts educate us. Have you ever thought of a museum that entertains also along with providing knowledge? Well, there are such museums that are both a source of education and entertainment. A list of some of the most unique and unconventional museums in India is as follows:
(i) Legends Motorcycle Café, Bengaluru
Usually we have all heard of vintage car museums, but we haven’t heard of vintage motorcycles ever. If you wish to see a collection of vintage motor bikes, then legends motorcycle café in Bengaluru is your destination. The museum is a private collection of a passionate biker, S.K Prabhu.
(ii) Virasat – e – Khalsa, Anandpur Sahib
This museum reflects and teaches about the rich historical background and culture of the Sikh religion. This museum has been designed by a famous international architect, Moshe Safdie.
(iii) Paldi Kite Museum, Ahmedabad
The city of Ahmedabad is famous for its kite festival all over India. In furtherance of the same, this museum was designed which showcases the 50 year old collection of Mr. Bhanu Shah, a kite enthusiast. He had long ago donated his collection to the Municipal Corporation.
(iv) Pukhauti Muktangan, Raipur
The term Pukhauti Muktangan means “free and open courtyard of our ancestors’. This museum in Chattisgarh is a blend of native ethos of Chattisgarh with modern day design sensibilities.
(v) Human brain museum, Bengaluru
This museum consists of 300 brain specimens preserved in jars that are collected from the donors and victims of road accidents. Every brain preserved here has a story behind it, of how it reached the museum. The visitors also get an opportunity to hold the human brain also.
(vi) Mayong Central Museum, Mayong
Mayong, is a famous district in Assam. It is well known for its black magic. The name of the village is also depictive of the same as Maya meaning illusion. The museum consists of artefacts such as books on witchcraft, tantric manuscripts, handmade dolls, tools and skulls that are often seen to be used while performing black magic.
(vii) Sudha Cars Museum, Hyderabad
K.Sudhakar has a Guinness Book of World Record in his name. He has developed the largest tricycle of the world. This museum has been named on his name. It showcases different kinds of cars that cannot be termed as conventional by any means. The museum houses cars made up of footballs, cricket bats, laptops, burgers, cameras, sharpners etc.
(viii) Losel Doll Museum, Dharamshala
This museum consists of world’s largest collection of losel dolls. These dolls have been handicrafted by monks.
(ix) Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, Delhi
This museum showcases and depicts the history of sanitation and toilets. The museum displays the reproduction of ancient chamber pots, toilet seats made of gold that were used by the Roman emperors and models of low cost biodegradable toilets that are being built in rural areas.
(x) Uruswati Museum, Gurgaon
This museum is dedicated to folk tales, legends and stories that belong to another era altogether. It consists of paintings depicting love and longing, decorative folk art from rural temples etc.
By: Anuja Arora