Submarine Museum, 'Smritika' set up nearby the Vishakapatanam port, is located at the serene beach named the Rama Krishna Beach. Visakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam tourist places, Visakhapatnam places to see, Visakhapatnam places to visit, Museum places in India The museum started functioning in 2001 was converted from INS Kusura, a Russian built submarine. Only one of these kinds in India and Asian continent, this Submarine Museum attracts many.
Entry fee is very reasonable and take any camera or video camera in the park, a separate fee to be paid.
The Submarine Museum is located within an actual submarine. Visakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam tourist places, Visakhapatnam places to see, Visakhapatnam places to visit, Museum places in India You can learn about the operation of a submarine by retired sea-hands and the museum is one of its kind in Asia.
The Museum preserves the coconut that was broken by the then Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru when he came for the inauguration of the first ship that was indigenously built – the S.S Jala Usha.
The Bronze busts used by the first Indian Chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust Nanjundiah were also preserved.
Father of the Nation – Gandhiji has lots of connections with Visakhapatnam. Visakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam tourist places, Visakhapatnam places to see, Visakhapatnam places to visit, Museum places in India The Museum has a nice collection of photographs of Gandhiji – particularly the ones during his visit to Vizag when he stayed at the Nkitam House. The desk used by him during his visit was also preserved. The desk was later used by Tenneti Vishwanatham.
The Museum is currently headed by Curator Prof. E.V. Gangadharam who was also the Director, Centre for Marine Archaeology. Mr. S. Prabhu Das is the Superintendent-in-charge, Museum.
Friends of Museum Society
A society under the name of Friends of Museum Society was formed. The overall objective is to promote the utilisation and growth of the Museum. The Society will have the Mayor of the City as its patron and will elect its own Executive body.
History of the Visakha Museum
The Visakha Museum was set up at the Dutch Bungalow which itself has volumes of history to speak about. The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority took over the Bungalow during the 1980's and though of developing it to a Five Star Hotel. Members from the Visakha Historical Society and the general public of Vizag loves to have the building to be a Museum and thus the works for the re-designing of the Bungalow began. The Museum was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Mr. N Janardhana Reddy on the 8th of October 1991.
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