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New museum in Rashtrapati Bhavan opened for public

Aug 5, 2014 10:10 IST

President Pranab Mukherjee on 1 August 2014 inaugurated a new audio-visual museum in Rashtrapati Bhavan, which was opened for the public. The museum is chronicling the history and treasures of the highest office of the country.

He inaugurated the museum on the occasion of completing his second year in office.

The museum has been established in an erstwhile stable of the Rashtrapati Bhavan that housed horses and ceremonial coaches. The story of the historic building, Rashtrapati Bhavan will be narrated to public using sound-light-video animations.

Things available for public display at the new Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum includes
• Arms mounted on warriors
• Examples of furniture designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for the Viceroy's residence
• Ceremonial coaches, photographs and memorabilia of the President's Body Guard
• Paintings of 19th century and sketches
• Gifts received by successive Presidents from national and foreign dignitaries among others

Days fixed for visits and charges
This museum will remain open for public on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm, except on gazetted holidays. For the first three months, entry to the museum will be free. Gate Number 30 on Mother Teresa Crescent road has been chosen for allowing entry and exit of the visitors.

From 1 November 2014, the visitors will have to pay a charge of 25 rupees per head (children below 12 years of age will be exempt from these charges). These charges will enable Rashtrapati Bhavan to maintain and improve services to public.

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