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1st Underground Museum of India: A walk down our Democratic lane

The legacy of India’s Presidents, the blood and sweat of freedom struggle, and a glimpse of how the 2nd largest Presidential estate of the world works, can now be seen as a high-tech, new and underground museum is all set to wow visitors. This ‘story-telling’ first underground museum will be opened to public from 2nd October 2016, at Rashtrapati Bhawan. This shall be an event-based museum which is unlike other Indian museums, where unconnected artefacts are displayed.

Created in the area of 1, 30,000 SQ feet, the museum will be a new home to around 2000 artefacts that will tell the tales about this democratic pillar of India – the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Presidents of India. The story is told in digital format, through virtual reality and other digital interactive platforms. Let us take you through the notable features of this museum-

Gandhi-Irwin Pact
• Presenting history through various hi-tech mediums is the major highlight of the museum. One of the virtual reality experiences will take the visitors to 1931 and join Mahatma Gandhi as he comes out of the Viceregal House after signing the Gandhi-Irwin Pact. A tabloid also features Gandhiji’s Dandi March.

Virtual Story telling - Virtualised President
• The visitors can pose with President Pranab Mukherjee (digitalised) and enjoy a ride on President’s buggy through augmented reality.

• There is a Hand-Shadow show which takes you through the complete Presidential elections’ process, the Parliament building, Indian villages and Pillars of Ashoka, through movement of hands and live commentary.

• Privalite Projection is one of the eye-catching features there. Giving you the feel of a TV telecasting daily news, you can go behind the screen and watch the show as the projector beams a live video.

Replica of President's study room
• There is a replica of the Study Room of the President where he meets the visitors.

Live speeches in the museum
• There is a live speech with 3D holographic projection, one after the other with the speeches of Indian Presidents. One can stand and hear the speech getting delivered, as if in real life.

Gifts recieved by Indian Presidents
• A showcase of various artefacts and gifts received by different Presidents over the years and their personal belongings, thus giving a glimpse of their lifestyle. There will be interactive digital interfaces showing artworks and pictures housed in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Re-enactment of Swadeshi Movement
A tableau also represents the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and re-enactment of Swadeshi Movement.

Arts and Paintings at Museum

• Some of the rare paintings of British era are also displayed at the museum

This large repository of history and knowledge is all set to woo visitors. With an initial ticket price of Rs. 50, the museum will remain open for 6 days in a week and Gate no. 30 is designated for its entry.

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