The state of Assam is located in the north eastern part of India, south of the eastern Himalayas. This state is divided into 35 administrative districts. Assam is the state where the first oil well in Asia was drilled. Tea and silk produced by this state have also made it popular in India. This state has rich cultural heritage and the diversity in Assamese culture is vastly displayed in each and every bit of its art and culture. The museums of Assam further add to the glory of the state, attracting tourists from all over the country.
Museums of Assam
Museums of Assam are mainly concentrated in Guwahati, which is the largest city of Assam, a major riverine port city and one of the fastest growing cities in India. The Assam State Museum, Guwahati Anthropological Museum, Assam Forest Museum, Commercial Museum, Cottage Industry Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Museum of Veterinary Science and Regional Science Centre and Museum are the museums located in Guwahati. Uncle Robin's Children's Museum is situated in Golaghat town of Assam. Sibsagar College in Sivasagar district serves as a home to a museum called Sibsagar College Museum. Tai Ahom Museum is located near the Sibsagar Tank in the historical city of Sibsagar.
Exhibits of Museums of Assam
Assam State Museum is adorned with archaeological, wooden and bell-metal objects, ivory, terracotta, tribal objects and dioramas of tribal life. Guwahati Anthropological Museum is known to be a storehouse of photographs, textiles, musical instruments, masks, metal objects, jewelry, basketry, weapons and pottery. Assam Forest Museum houses timber, ivory works, lacquer works, medicinal herbs, bamboo, cane, elephant tusks, rhino horns, etc. Commercial Museum serves as a home to arts and crafts, commercial products, mineral and rocks, pictures and forest products. Cottage Industry Museum exhibits many colorful items from the Satriya culture and indigenous art and craft. Ethnographic Museum has a variety of ethnographic objects including ornaments, costumes, agricultural, fishing and hunting implements and other household objects. Museum of Veterinary Science displays various specimens relating to veterinary science. Regional Science Centre and Museum is bedecked with interactive exhibits on science. The displays in Uncle Robin's Children's Museum comprises of some of the personal collections of Dr Robin Banerjee's lifetime like dolls, paintings, artifacts, mementos, etc. Robin Banerjee is recognized as a doctor from Edinburgh and Liverpool Universities and a Padma Shri Award winner. Some of the exhibits of Sibsagar College Museum are manuscripts of Assamese literature, copper plates, stone images, sculptures and cutleries. Tai Ahom Museum is known to house some of the rare objects of the Ahom Kingdom, ancient manuscripts, dresses, bamboo items, etc.