The Government/Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will set up another museum to house objects excavated from across India which have been lying in the Central Antiquities Collection (CAC) at Purana Quila.
The museum will be housed in the arched cells of Purana Quila. Central Antiquity Collection Section is a centre for housing the collection of antiquities explored and excavated by Archaeological Survey of India. These antiquities date back from the Prehistoric period to post Independence era. The objective to open new museum is to display antiquities such as tools, potteries, terracotta, beads of semi-precious stones, sculptures, architectural fragments, etc. for general public, students and research scholars.
The museum is proposed to be opened by April 2020. The estimated cost of the project is Rs.2 crore.
This information was given by the Minister of State (I/c) of Culture and Tourism, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in the Lok Sabha yesterday.
At present, National Museum, New Delhi is the only museum in the country which collects antiquities and art objects of Historical, Cultural and Artistic significance for the purpose of their protection and interpretation. The Museum possesses more than 2 lakhs artefacts, both Indian as well as foreign, and its holdings cover a time span of more than five thousand years of Indian cultural heritage.
Purana Quila is one of the oldest forts in Delhi. In the 1970s, the ramparts of Purana Qila were first used as a backdrop for theatre, when three productions of the National School of Drama were staged there. In later decades it has been the venue of various important theatre productions, cultural events, and concerts. At present, it is the venue of a daily sound and light presentation after sunset, on the history of the “Seven Cities of Delhi”, from Indraprastha through New Delhi.