SHIMLA: Adding a new feather in the cap, the State Museum on Friday got a new block that showcases rare miniature paintings and a lab to undertake preservation activities.
Dedicating the new block to the public that was constructed at a cost of Rs Five crore, he said that the State Museum would add to the favourite tourist’s spots in the capital town of Shimla, where one can peep into rich cultural heritage of the State. Chief Minister said that a large number of tourists of tourists had been visiting Shimla round the year and a major chunk of them, especially art lovers and foreigners had been making it a point to visit the State Museum to educate them about the rich cultural heritage of the hill State. He said that over 20 thousand tourists, including thousands of foreigners, had been visiting the Museum every year. The newly added block has made available space to showcase cultural heritage of the State which also include Kangra and other paintings which had been a source of attraction to the visitors from all over the world. He said that Himachal Pradesh was rich in cultural diversity and many of the aspects were of interesting to know besides presenting some exhibits in the exhibition. Dhumal said that top floor of the new block had been constructed in a typical hill architecture where quality wooden work had been carried in an artistic manner. The Museum houses the biggest library in the State providing every information to the research scholars and other enthusiasts. Pahari Miniature, Himachal Jewellery, Rajasthan Miniature, Contemporary Paintings, Numismatic Gallery and Anthropological sections had been added to the Museum. He said that additionally there were galleries on sculpture, painting, bronzes, arms, philately and life of Mahatma Gandhi. He said that a Special Section on Himachali culture had been conceptualized and would soon be dedicated to the visitors. Besides exhibits a laboratory had also been established to conserve and preserve antiquities and manuscripts. He said that the State Government had been endeavouring to create more spots to prolong stay of visitors to Shimla and engage them in interesting visits so that they could return home refreshed and reenergized.