Odisha State Maritime Museum in Cuttack
Spread over an area of more than four acres The Odisha State Maritime Museum is first of its kind in the entire country. The construction and setting up of the museum has incurred the cost nearly Rs 11 Cr.
History of Odisha State Maritime MuseumAccording to Science, navigation has an important role to play in charting properly of a vessel in high seas. The skills of Navigations were devolved in very ancient times. At its early stages stellar bodies like the Sun, the Moon, the Starts and particularly the polar star on the North Star (Dhruv Tara) in the Indian context were the prime guiding points for Navigation on high seas. Later on with the development in the technology the compass, the latitudes and longitudes, the meridian and tropical lines were some of the tools invented and used by Navigators.
Attractions of Odisha State Maritime MuseumThe museum demonstrates the maritime practices and traditions, artifacts, vessels and the glory of achievements from the ancient age to the colonial era of the state. The museum also includes an aquarium showcasing the unique marine life and species found in the state of Odisha.
The museum has 10 galleries which portrays the maritime artifacts of primeval Kalinga, which includes the archaic machines of the workshop. It is developed with the assistance of the Indian National Trust for Art and Culture (Intach).
There is an Introduction gallery in the museum which has a collection of pictures of boats from ancient days to the modern era on display along with the brief writings about the phases of development from country-made boats to sophisticated cargo vessels, including the fighter vessels to take care of the pirates. One of the galleries displays the boat-building process and another one showcases umpteen numbers of rituals performed by carpenters during the time of building the boats. Other galleries display the artifacts comprising navigation parts including that of propellants, anchors and funnels which are some of the essential parts of the power boats. Similarly, there is a gallery which exclusively displays the rich cultural heritage of the state. Rest of the galleries display the maritime history of the erstwhile Kalinga which replicates the boats used at that time. The galleries of Museum also has the display of pottery works, sculptures of important monuments, weights and measurement instruments, folk dance, visual art and music.
Besides, that the museum also has a boat shed and an aquarium along with theme parks and landscapes.
Address of Odisha State Maritime Museum
Cuttack, Odisha 753003
Timings to visit the museum
Museum remains open from (Tuesday to Sunday) 10am to 4pm and remains closed on Mondays
Nearest Places to Visit:
Barabati Fort, Goddess Katak Chandi Temple, Gadchandi Temple, Barabati Stadium, Deer park