An ideal place for children to be, the Nehru Children’s Museum located in Kolkata, West Bengal, is a hub for galleries depicting various informative yet enthralling exhibits pertaining to the epics, mythology, and cultural history of various places.
Timing: 11 am to 6 pm (Monday and Tuesday closed)
Location: 94/1, Chowringhee Road, Kolkata, West Bengal
Entry Fees: Rs10 for children below 16 years, Rs20 for visitors above 16 years
The creative minds of young children need nurturing for their best growth and development just like a sapling needs nurturing to grow to its fullest. The inquisitiveness that children possess gives rise to numerous queries from topics from all over the world and what better way to impart information to the young minds than at a place filled with interactive audio-visual exhibits? The city of Kolkata has one of the best places for children known as the Nehru Children’s Museum which was established in 1972 to honor the first Prime Minister of India, a teacher, and one of the most loved persons among children, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Established to edify and entertain the children via visual aids, the museum assists the children to make them understand the distinction between the good and the ills of society in many different ways.
Nehru Children’s Museum has four floors where distinct exhibits pertaining to epics, mythology, science, and storytelling are displayed. Apart from the galleries the museum also has an incredible collection of dolls that have been gathered from 96 countries over the years which pikes up the interest of the young ones. The galleries in the museum that interest not only the children but also the adults with their impressive interactive visual-aid exhibits are:
1) Doll Gallery
The doll gallery boasts of over 96 dolls collected from different countries globally that the kids find fascinating and delightful. The dolls are dressed in their national or traditional attires and are displayed in three separate rooms across three floors.
2) Mahabharat Gallery
As the name suggests, the Mahabharat Gallery illustrates the events that occurred during Mahabharat, one of the five greatest epics of Hindu mythology. The several events are portrayed through clay models which make the exhibits even more fascinating and easier for children to understand the tales better and for a longer period of time.
3) Ramayana Gallery
Similar to the Mahabharat gallery, the Ramayana Gallery also represents various events from the epic Ramayana and the life and teachings of Lord Ram and Ravana through miniature clay models. The clay models are given life with real-looking sceneries set in the background that represent the order in which the events happened and that make a lasting impression in the mind of a child.
4) Ganesh Gallery
The Ganesh Gallery displays over 350 Ganesh idols that demonstrate the different forms of Lord Ganesh.
Apart from the fascinating and informative galleries, the museum also organizes various drawing and art contests, Nehru Talent Search contest, Toy Train project, and workshops on performing arts for children at different occasions which keeps up their excitement level and makes them want to learn more.