Visitors swarm Museum of Independence

Ferdous Ara

People in their hundreds thronged the capital’s lone and first underground museum, ‘Museum of Independence’ on Friday to have glimpses of the country’s liberation war through the mementoes kept there.
The government opened the museum to visitors on the eve of the 45th Independence Day, on March 25.
The museum is situated beneath Swadhinata Stambha, the glass tower at the historic Suhrawardy Uddyan in the capital. The walkway from Shikha Chirantan stretched to the stairs of the Museum.
After the museum entrance, there is audio/visual room for film projection. On special occasions, movies related to independence war are screened in this room for the visitors.
In the main gallery, pictures depicting the history from the Mughal tenure to 1971 have been on display.
In the middle of the museum, there is a fountain, the artistic architectural view of which holds the visitors’ attention.
Many terracotta, pictures and paper clippings of liberation war have been showcased in frames in such a way that they narrate to the visitors the whole history of the nation’s birth.
Nawshaba Hamid, a banker, came with her two children.
She told New Age that the museum’s architectural view was beautiful but the objects should be displayed in a simple way so that kids and an illiterate could understand.
Two huge photographs depicted the scenes of Bangabandhu’s speech on March 7 and the surrender of the Pakistani forces.
A replica of the table, on which Lieutenant General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, eastern zone commander of the Pakistani army, signed the surrender document, has also been kept there.
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs will be entrusted with the maintenance of the underground museum and glass tower.
The Public Works Department implemented the ‘Suhrawardy Udyan Swadhinata Stambha Construction Project’ of the Liberation War Affairs ministry.
The Awami League-led government on March 7, 2011 opened the complex for public viewing without setting up an authority to look after it or without completing the whole complex.
Over 300 pictures depicting Bangladesh’s history in 144 panels remain open from 10:30am to 5:30pm from Saturday to Wednesday and on Friday from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.
The museum official, Syed Ehsanul Haque, said the entry fee was Tk 10 for adults and Tk 2 for kids under 12.

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