Have you ever visited a biodiversity museum in India? We bet that you haven’t because there weren’t any such museums in the country.
Well, until now!
The Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSSB) has taken the lead and opened the doors of India’s first ever biodiversity museum at the Vallakadavu Boathouse in Thiruvananthapuram, to the public. The museum is all set to be inaugurated by Pinarayi Vijayan, the CM of Kerala, today evening.
A collaboration between the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, the Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation, and the Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (Keltron), the museum is spread across the 5,000 sq. ft. boathouse building which was built in the early 19th century.
With features ranging from a 50-seater 3D theatre, scale models, interactive kiosks and LCDs to galleries showcasing biodiversity-related themes and informative panels explaining Kerala’s traditional rice varieties, marine diversity and marine life, the museum promises to engage visitors to the best possible extent.
However, its star attraction will be the Science on a Sphere (SOS) system.
The unique technology, which has been installed with the technical assistance of the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is claimed to be third of its kind in the country. Incorporating multimedia projections to stimulate animated images of earth on a sphere akin to a giant globe, it provides real-time data directly accessed from NASA on weather and biodiversity conditions across the world.
“Due to its many specialities, the museum will be a first-of-its-kind in the country itself. Not only will it provide an insight into the global/national and local biodiversity, but it will also offer an interactive platform where one can clear their apprehensions regarding the environment,” said a KSSB officer to The New Indian Express.
According to SC Joshi, the Chairman of KSBB, the museum will not only depict the myriad biodiversity of the 14 districts in an appealing manner but will also act as a gateway to Kerala. “The primary objective of setting up such a museum is that people who visit it should get an idea of the biodiversity in which they are living,” he added.
You can visit the museum from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on all days, except Monday.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)