Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 18:
The State Museum will get a facelift and its ambience made more conducive to attract more visitors and tourists, said Odisha Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda here today.
Describing the State Museum as a centre of learning at a meeting organized at the Museum premises to mark International Museum Day today, Panda said the Museum can be helpful in our social and cultural development.
“The exhibits at the State Museum are connected with our way of life and history, its influence on future generations is undeniable. Accelerated efforts will be made for opening of more galleries, digitization of more ancient tomes will be undertaken apart from development of the Museum,” said Panda addressing the meeting as the chief guest.
“Augmentation of facilities is essential for accommodating more visitors, researchers and tourists at the State Museum,” said Bargarh MP Dr Pravash Singh, who was a guest of honour at the meeting.
“A slew of positive measures taking into account its exhibits on display, its size and resources can make the State Museum a leading museum of eastern India,” said Dr Arvind Padhee secretary, Culture.
Dr Padhee stressed on planned efforts well in advance for conservation of ancient monuments and heritage sites while undertaking beautification and development of towns. He said a cafeteria will be soon opened within the premises of the State Museum for the convenience of visitors.