Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation Museum also known as Visakha Museum preserves some of the historical artifacts of the Kalingandhra region. It is an old Dutch Bungalow that was taken over by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority in 1980s that has been converted into the museum.
The historical artifacts treasured in the museum include ancient crockery, armory, hand guns, swords and daggers, jewelry, stuffed animals that stand there as hunting trophies, silk costumes, coins, portraits, and many documents such as manuscripts, letters and diaries. There were many historical items donated by visitors of different countries such as Latvian currency notes. These apart, there are paintings by notable artists.
Many interesting artifacts including a search light reflector 30”, a very old telescope, life size portraits of the Vizianagaram and Bobbili rajas, Ramayana written on the palm leaves and some old photographs of the port city. The traditional Dutch Bungalow with a sprawling manicured lawn in front in itself served as the reminiscence of the old times.
The museum exhibits some of the memorabilia such as the coconut broken by the Jawaharlal Nehru during the launch of the first India-built ship alongside a small model of the ship.
One of the notable items includes a desk used by Mahatma Gandhi displaying some of his photograph with notable dignitaries of Vizag.
Visiting a museum always leaves you with a lot of knowledge. It is like the entire chronology of a civilization captured under a single roof. The historical items and artifacts reveal the glorious past. If you take time and readout all the descriptions adjacent to the artifacts, you get a good glimpse of the rich heritage and culture of the place.
As I walked out of the Visakha Museum I was greeted with the sprawling manicured lawn well maintained by VUDA. The traditional Dutch Bungalow which houses the museum also reflects the remains of the colonial past. I heard that it is one of the few heritage buildings in India that has been converted into a museum for public viewing. Indeed, it was a small but enriching tour.