Museums are interesting places that gives you an awesome passage to the past, helping you reconstructs in your mind the places and the environment that existed years ago. It gives you an idea of how grand the past or a particular moment in history was by displaying before us various artefacts, articles, and other things related to that period. A Marine museum is a museum which displays objects related to water and water bodies, ships etc. It has various subcategories and a naval museum is one of them. A Naval museum specializes in the display of various objects and artefacts related to Navy, who guard the sea and the various tools, weapons and artilleries that they use, important articles and documents related to the history of navy including special wars fought, if any and many other things that would help us know more about them and their history.
An example of Naval Marine Museum is Samudrika, located in the capital city of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair. This museum is located right opposite to Andaman Teal house Delanipur and has lots of interesting objects on display that is connected to ocean and water bodies. It has shells, corals and different types of fishes found in and around the islands. It also has various objects related to its geography, the history, the marine life, the local people and the archaeology of this place. A major attraction of this museum is the huge relief map of these islands. It beautifully displays the rich history, the diverse marine life, the interesting social life and many other aspects related to the island. Visiting this museum would be like travelling down in the annals of history and reliving all the experience that has already happened in these islands in the past. Since it is administered and taken care by the navy, it is called as the Naval Marine Museum. This museum plays a major role in creating awareness about the oceanic environment and the marine life in and around the island and thus contributes towards its protection and conservation. Marine life is under constant threat due to rampant and unplanned development coming from different quarters. This museum helps to create awareness about the ill effects of such actions and the need to conserve the marine life for a balanced eco system.
This museum is open from 8:30 am in the morning to 12 noon and also from 2 pm to 5 pm in the evening. It remains closed on Mondays and all the national holidays. The entry fee for this museum is just Rs 10, which is nothing compared to the huge treasure on marine life that one gets to witness inside the museum. Andaman and Nicobar islands is an integral part of the Indian state, and is also a major tourist attraction for its breathtaking beauty and historical importance. A large part of these islands is still inhabited by indigenous people and are not open to the general public to preserve its originality and naturalness.