So far my days at Vijayawada had been quite mesmerizing. The trips to various temples here and visit to the Bhawani Island had already won me over. Being a lover of beauty and an avid photographer, I wanted to discover each and every part of the beautiful city Vijayawada. On the fourth day of my stay at Vijayawada I decided to make a visit to the Victoria Museum with my family. The museum being located amidst the center of the city was easy to locate and reach.
Victoria Museum is an archaeological reserve established in the year 1887 and located in the Bunder Road of Vijayawada. It has been a century since it was established but still now people are attracted towards it because of its rich collection of arts and artifacts. The construction of the building is mesmerizing and unique in itself. The European style of architecture represents the culture of India during the 19th century.
The purpose of this building was to mark the industrial exhibition during those days. But gradually the control came under the Zamindaras of Nuzvid and in the year 1962 it came under the control of India Department of Archaeology. The galleries of the museum now contains various pre historic drawings and collection of several paintings, copper plate inscriptios, arms and armors, shields, bows, arrows, portrait of Queen Victoria and Napoleon Bonaparte, firearms, daggers, swords and various other things which were used in the 19th century.
The museum has a magnificent sculpture of Lord Buddha in granite which is well preserved here. We could also notice a giant idol of Lord Shiva skillfully sculpted which is believed to have been existing from the 4th or 5th centuries.
We went inside the temple at 11:30 am in the morning. The museum opens for the public at 10:30 am in the morning and stays open till 5 pm in the evening. As the museum is closed on Fridays and public holidays, I had kept another day for visiting making sure that it doesn’t fall on a Friday. I had a wonderful time in the museum as I took several pictures of various artifacts that were under the permissible category of capturing in cameras.