This museum has a lot of strorage of ancient things and become attraction for picnic
The theme of this year’s Museum Day is “Museums, Sustainability and Wellbeing” by the International Council of Museums. Kutch Museum is the oldest museum in Gujarat. The building of the Kutch Museum, built in Italian Gothic style on the banks of the Hamirsar lake in Bhuj town, becomes a center of attraction for tourists at first sight.
The Kutch Museum is maintained and maintained by the Department of Sports, Youth and Cultural Activities, Government of Gujarat. After the devastating earthquake in the year 2001, the Kutch Museum was restored on February 20, 2008 with the blessing of the present Prime Minister and then Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi.
Further, if we look at the history of the establishment of the Kutch Museum, it was established on July 1, 1877 as part of the School of Art under the guidance of Acharya Shri J.D. Esperance by King Maharao Khengarji III of Kutch. It may be mentioned that in February 1884, on the occasion of Rao Khengarji’s wedding, a huge exhibition of the arts and crafts of Kutch was held.
In time, when Gujarat became an independent state from Bombay, the museum was reopened to the public and renamed the Kutch Museum. The museum is built from a special type of red colored sandstone. Due to the earthquake in the year 2001, many buildings in Kutch were razed to the ground.
The Kutch Museum was also heavily damaged. The Kutch Museum building was renovated after the earthquake due to the efforts of the Gujarat government. The adjacent Alfred High School building was also acquired by the state government in view of the development of the museum after the earthquake situation.
Apart from this, interesting information about the old currency coins of various kingdoms of Kutch, Kutch musical instruments, people life of Kutch stuck in the midst of strange conditions in the desert, Banni area etc. is available through Kutch Museum. A stroll through the Kutch Museum also gives an idea of the social status of Kutch.
Howeover, interesting information about the residential, culture, trade, arts of Koli, Wagdia Rabari, Kachchi, Ahir, Bhil, Charan, Mutwa, Meghwal, Fakirani Jat and Pathan communities etc. is served through the exhibition. A reference library with historical publications including gold and silverware, royal arms and guns is also available here.
Finally, the information says that, this museum is not only working to store things, but also working in the direction of creating awareness about the preservation of cultural heritage in the next generation. The Kutch Museum houses a treasure trove of various antiquities and artefacts from 2500 BC to the 21st century.