Security Requirements of Museums – India gears up to protect artifacts in different museums

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Government of India, for ensuring safety and security of Museums and its artefacts, has formulated a comprehensive Security Policy for all Museums under its control. As per recommendations contained in the Security Policy, Govt. has directed all museums to implement following:

  1. Automated Boom Barriers and Under Vehicle scanners at the entry and exit gates.
  2. Relocating and upgrading personnel frisking and baggage screening points at the entry and exit gates.
  3. Provision of required number of right type of Hand Held Metal Detector (HHMD), Door Frame Metal Detector (DFMD) and baggage screening machines.
  4. IP based CCTV facility at identified locations linked to the Security control room.
  5. Provision of security lights at desired locations.
  6. Use of RFID (radio frequency identification device) tags for entry and exit of every individual.
  7. RFID tags for museum objects.
  8. Key management through RFID system.
  9. Intruder Alarm System alongwith Infrared based security system.
  10. Dedicated Security Force for museums and monuments.
  11. Review and Rectification of all the security measures at each and every time.
  12. Fixing periodicity of checks of security provisions including efficiency of security  personnel at the museums.

 

Museum-wise details of artifacts kept in the open air in various museums under Ministry of Culture/ASI/State Governments

 

Sl. No. Name of the Museum Details
1. National Museum, Delhi There are 120 stone objects displayed in open air in National Museum for public view.  16 stone sculptures have also been displayed in inner, open rotunda of the Museum.
2. National Gallery of modern art, Bengaluru There are 20 sculptures  displayed in open air in the garden area for public view

 

3. Allahabad Museum, Allahabad 40 heavy to very heavy stone mutilated sculptures and some architectural fragments, architectural pieces of C & D category have been displayed to create a heritage atmosphere to attract visitors.
4. Indian Museum, Kolkata 28 stone objects have been displayed in the open air.
5. Archaeological Site Museum, Nalanda (Bihar),  Velha (Goa) , Halebidu (Karnataka), Hampi (Karnataka), Aihole (Karnataka), Badami (Karnataka), Bijapur (Karnataka), Chanderi (Madhya Pradesh), Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh), Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh), Sanchi (Madhya Pradesh), Konark (Odisha),

Chennai (Tamil nadu), Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh) , Residency Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)

 In these 15 museums antiquities are displayed in open air.  The artifacts, keeping in view their physical condition, material, etc. are displayed as per the concept of open air display to attract visitors.
6 Department of Art and Culture, Government of Puducherry 58 stone sculpture artefacts are kept in open air due to insufficient space in the existing museum.
7 Cultural Affairs Department Assam 70 objects are placed in open air

 

8 Department of Archaeology and Museums, Gujarat 386 objects are placed in open air

 

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

 

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