Odisha State Maritime Museum,Cuttack: The Odisha State Maritime Museum is inaugurated today at Cuttack by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha Mr. Naveen Patnaik. The museum shows the rich maritime history and traditions of the State. With projecting the maritime practices and traditions, vessels and artifacts, glory and achievements from the ancient age to the colonial era and beyond, the museum is also set to include an aquarium showcasing unique marine life and species found in this part of the globe.
The museum is Spread over an area of more than four acres is the first of its kind in the country. The museum has come up at a cost of nearly Rs. 11 crore. It has 13 galleries showcasing the maritime artifacts of ancient Kalinga, including the archaic machines of the workshop. It os developed with the assistance of the Indian National Trust for Art and Culture (Intach), the museum has come up at a cost of nearly Rs 11 crore. It has 13 galleries showcasing the maritime artifacts of ancient Kalinga, including the archaic machines of the workshop.
The museum has an ‘Introduction’ gallery where the pictures of boats from ancient days to modern era are on display with brief writings about the phases of development from country-made boats to sophisticated cargo vessels, including the fighter vessels to take care of the pirates.The 2nd in is on maritime history of the erstwhile Kalinga displaying replicas of boats, sculptures of important monuments, pottery works, weights and measurement instruments, visual art and folk dance and music.
While the third one is a boat-building gallery, the fourth gallery showcases umpteen numbers of rituals performed by carpenters during the time of building the boats.
The other galleries display artifacts comprising navigation parts including that of propellants, anchors and funnels which are the essential parts of the power boats.
Similarly, there is a gallery which is exclusively displaying the rich cultural heritage of the state. Besides, the museum also has a boat shed, an aquarium and theme parks with landscapes.
About The Museum
- The Museum will have 13 Galleries .
- Closed on every Monday .
- Nearest Places to Visit : Barabati Fort,Goddess katak Chandi & Gadchandi Temple,Barabati Stadium,Deer park and many more.
- Will be opened from 10am – 4pm .(Tuesday-Sunday).
Image Courtesy- Prayag Samal.