Bangladesh National Museum celebrates its 105th founding anniversary
On the occasion of the 105th founding anniversary of Bangladesh National Museum, Bangladesh National Museum organised a seminar at the main auditorium of the museum on August 7.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor was present as chief guest at the seminar. Cultural affairs secretary Md Nasir Uddin Ahmed, Bangladesh National Museum director general Abdul Mannan Ilias and researcher Dr Firoz Mahmud were also present at the programme.
Keeper of history and classical art department of the museum Dr Swapan Kumar Biswas presented the key-note paper at the seminar presided over by Bangladesh National Museum board of trustees chairman artist Hashem Khan. In his paper titled 'Gauraber 105 Bachhor', Biswas analysed the evolution of Bangladesh National Museum, which was established as Dhaka Museum in 1905.
The Museum was established in 1913 is a four storied building with forty galleries under its 4 departments of natural history, History and Classical Art, Ethnography and decorative art and Contemporary art and World civilization.
The museum has a vast and elaborate collection of old coins, books on art, ivory and silver filigree works, images made with metal, many textiles including the famed Muslin fabric and Nakshi Kantha, arms and ammunitions from the Mughal time, series of painting and sculptures dating back to the Buddhist and Muslim period, handicrafts and models of the village and city life and most importantly- priceless articles of the liberation war of Bangladesh which signifies the backbone of the history of Bangladesh can be found there.
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.
In the last 105 years, the museum has gradually become a treasure house of our culture and history. Today the museum has in its collection a large number of artifacts which gives visitors a glimpse into the history of this region.
Bangladesh National Museum has 45 galleries displaying around 5,000 artifacts, sculptures, historical objects, instruments and others. The museum has over 94,000 items in its collection, most of which cannot be displayed due to shortage of space.