As a Social Sciences teacher, I never get bored of my job. Teaching to students is fun for me, as I love history myself. I often take my children to different trip to various historic location since I want them to be aware of India’s cultural heritage. I even drag my husband into it. He would prefer camping rather than museums but I love checking out visiting historical monuments, caves, forts, and palaces so he has to willingly join me. It is kind of our deal, I let him watch Cricket, and he lets me plan our next trip. Therefore, after letting him watch six matches back to back, it was my time to plan the trip. In addition, this time I chose Odisha state museum.
The next morning, we were off to the museum. We were quite excited about our visit especially me. This was the first time I was taking my kids to this place and I was hoping they would love it. This museum is amongst my favourite ones. It is located in Bhubaneswar and is quite well known around Orissa. It is considered amongst one of the oldest museums in the state. It was established in 1932 by historians Prof. N. C Banerjee & Prof. Ghanshyam Dash.
We were having a great time, there was so much to explore. The museum displays artefacts and information from eleven different areas, which include Natural History, Art & Craft, Contemporary Art, Patta Painting, Palmleaf Manuscripts, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Armoury, Mining & Geology, Anthropology and Archaeology. The Museum itself is considered as a historical monument by the people of Orisha, Art Lovers, Government, as well as the Indian Archaeological Department.
My personal favourite was the Archaeology section that contain various beautiful Buddhist sculptures, Jain sculptures as well as sculptures of various gods such as Narayana, Ganesha, Karthikeya, Surya, and Agni. Odisha state museum has some of the oldest statues and sculptures, some of them aged more 2,000 years.
I was relieved to see my kids having fun; they were all over the place. I have the habit of reading the description to my kids about each artifacts that I they find interesting. Hence, we ended up spending around 4 hours and I still could not get enough of this place. Therefore, if you loved history/museum Odisha state museum is necessary visit places for you.