This museum is another well known place of attraction in Gujarat. The museum is a storehouse of wide range of utensils that have been obtained from various parts of the country belonging to the different eras of Indian history tradition and culture. It is the only and first museum of India that has been established to showcase utensils like special feeding cups, nutcracker, knives, pots, gourd jug, betel boxes etc. During the period of vacations, the museum draws maximum crowd and is hailed to be the most ideal place to visit in India.
Where is it located?
The museum is situated within the restaurant of Vishalla which is located on outskirts of the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat. The museum is opened for public exhibition of the utensils everyday from 10 am to 3 pm and then from 5 pm to 10:30 pm. It will hardly take 261 km from nearest rail station of Surat to reach the museum via NH8 and NE1. The distance will be about 169 km from the nearby airport of Bhavnagar via Pipali-Bhavnagar Highway and NH8A.
The museum came into existence in the year of 1981 and it is the brainchild of Surendra Patel. All these utensils were used to be the personal belongings of Mr Patel which he had donated for the formation of this museum. The full name of the museum is Vishala Environmental Center of Heritage of Art, Architecture and Research. The utensils of this museum mainly reflect the lifestyle and food habits of the people in various parts of India belonging to various historical eras. Mr Patel himself designed the museum which is made of organic components like wood, bamboos, dung, mud and straws for imparting antique and unique appearance before the visitors. In the year of 1986 the entire museum had been relocated for an exhibition in Russia which ultimately mesmerized various international visitors.
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The museum comprises of two sections. The section of metal utensils comprise of different utensils that are made of various metals like German silver, zinc, bronze, copper and brass. The exhibited utensils are mainly used for various activities like storing household items and ornaments, milking and fetching water. Here visitors will also find Russian jugs of various sizes and shapes. Visitors can also have a nice view of the nutcracker section of this museum which reflects perfect craftsmanship of the artists belonging to various periods. After seeing the whole of museum, tourists can have the chance to taste the flavor of local Gujarati menus of the Vishalla restaurant.