Government plans to expand nat’l museum

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 21:21, Aug 08,2018

 
 

Bangladesh National Museum’s trustee board chairman Hashem Khan delivers a speech at a programme organised by the museum marking its 105th anniversary. — Snigdha Zaman

Government plans to expand Bangladesh National Museum by constructing a new building in its place offering more facilities and space for displaying artifacts.
The government hopes to turn the national museum into one of the finest museums in Asia for attracting tourists.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor made these comments while attending a seminar held on Tuesday at the main auditorium of the museum marking the 105th founding anniversary of the museum.
Asaduzzaman Noor said, ‘A museum plays a vital role in making people aware about their history and culture. We have to display artifacts that will make visitors aware about past and present, our cultural roots, history of liberation war and more’.
Noor was present at the seminar as the chief guest. 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 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.
‘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’, said Dr Swapan Kumar Biswas.
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.

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