In next two years, Lucknow will have a one-of-its-kind history and heritage museum which will be located in Husainabad. The Archaeological Survey of India has reportedly given its nod to the museum, which will be spread across nearly 50,000-sq.ft. The project had been pending for a few years for reasons unknown.
The complex will be a three-storey structure overlooking the Clock Tower the ground floor of which will house a model of Husainabad. There will be facility of toilets, souvenir shops, and a control room in the complex.
The lower first floor will house a display gallery. In this gallery the visitors will be able to get deep insights into the story of Husainabad, the history of Lucknow, its nawabs, the story of Karbala, and the city after the nawabi era. Audio guides, images, information panels, digital screens and interactive kiosks will be available for visitors.
The state-of-the-art museum will have artefacts and archival documents related to Indian freedom fighters from Awadh like Begum Hazrat Mahal.
The upper first floor will have four galleries: Rumi Gallery, Masjid Gallery, Ghat View Gallery, and Satkhanda Gallery. These will depict the anecdotal histories of these monuments, along with names of Nawabs.
Rumi Gallery will exhibit the history of Rumi Darwaza, its architecture and design, and a replica of the original structure. Masjid Gallery will showcase history of Teel Wali Masjid, its interior details, and what it was before 1857. The Ghat View Gallery will give a peek into history and stories of ghats and river Gomti, and description of activities around it. Satkhanda Gallery will showcase history of Satkhanda, a decaying 67 meter red-brick watchtower, located just opposite to the Hussainabad Imambara.