The first edition of the Directory of Museums in India was published in the year 2000. This now is the 2nd edition. In this edition many new museums have been added. More information on each museum has been given, what changes have taken place in any particular museum has also been added.
The Directory of Museums in India was prepared with the objective of collecting at one place all the basic information on museums, the type of information normally required by any prospective visitor/tourist. For each museum in the country, it gives full address, telephone numbers, opening and closing time, closed days, entrance fee, the types of collections the museum has, and so on. It also mentions about the publications of each museum, whether photography is permitted. It also gives valuable information on the availability of guide services or holding of lectures or film shows. At the end, as guide to the visitor, the type of museums, whether it is archaeological, ethnological, art museum, or science museum, etc. is also indicated.
In the Appendices, names of cities where museum are located have been arranged alphabetically, mentioning in which state that particular city or town is located and the museums which are situated in that city. Each museum has been given an identity number and the identity numbers of those museums that are available in a particular city are mentioned against each city and therefore location of museums in that city is easy.
Another Appendix is a cross-reference of the type of museums and where they are located.
Yet another Appendix gives information on the number of museums in each State, State-wise distribution of types of museums, Controlling Authority of each museum, and similar other information.
This is the only book of its type on Indian Museums where all the relevant date useful for visitors, tourists, museum persons, scholars, libraries and planners is available.
About the Author:
Mrs. Usha Agrawal, who is currently the Director of Museum Development Cell of INTACH Indian Council of Conservation Institutes, has a wide experience of dealing with museums. She conducted a detailed survey of museums in various States, a project supported by the Indian Foundation for the Arts and Sir Ratan Tata Trust. For this project, she visited personally a large number of museums and during these visits she collected invaluable information on museums and their working including the data which is presented in this Directory. Prior to her present assignment, she worked with the International Council of Museums as Research Officer at its Regional Office in New Delhi, and was collecting details on museums of India and its publications. She has prepared several bibliographies on various subjects related to museums. She has also worked on different conservation projects and has guided them.
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Organization of Information
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