Bangladesh National Museum
|Established||20 March 1913|
|Location||Shahbag, Dhaka, Bangladesh|
The Bangladesh National Museum (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় যাদুঘর), originally established on 20 March 1913, albeit under another name (the Dhaka Museum), and formally inaugurated on 7 August 1913, was accorded the status of the national museum of Bangladesh on 17 November 1983. It is located at Shahbag, Dhaka. The museum is well organized and displays have been housed chronologically in several departments like department of ethnography and decorative art, department of history and classical art, department of natural history, and department of contemporary and world civilization. The museum also has a rich conservation laboratory.
The ground floor consists of some old guns at the entrance and the hall where the people book their tickets or assemble to hear the history of the museum. The hall leads to a grand staircase. Beside the hall, there is a smaller room which also acts like the hall (it is also used by the guides to tell the visitors about the history) and a simple staircase.
The 1st floor is divided into 22 rooms.
The first room displays a large map showing the map of Bangladesh and its 64 districts.
The 2nd room consists of an under going work of a large statue of a royal Bengal tiger.
These rooms consist of natural beauties found in Bangladesh. In one of the room there is showcase of a tongue of a whale.
The other rooms contain some historic relics of Bengal up to 1900. There is a room which shows the different boats used by the rural people.
The 2nd floor consists of photos of famous people and showcases the Bangladesh Liberation War and the Language Movement of 1952. There are posters used in the war, a torture machine and much more. There are also two libraries.
The 3rd floor consists of pictures of international politicians, artists, scientists, famous pictures and four international galleries - Chinese, Korean, Iranian and Swiss.
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