MUSEUM / AQUARIUM

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MUSEUM / AQUARIUM

NAVAL MUSEUM

Naval Museum also known as Swarna Jyoti Museum, a museum about Indian Maritime history, located in the ENC complex in Visakhapatnam is established in 1989. It’s a lovely museum portraying the events related to the Indian Maritime history, pictures and models of warships and other equipments. The museum provides a viewpoint of the maritime history, naval heritage and the growth of the Navy from pre-independence days.

Swarna Jyoti Museum has five sections - eastern seaboard establishments and ports, maritime history, naval archives, ocean resources and Aquaria. The museum encloses the ancient and archaeologically valued artifacts from the sites of Harappa, Lothal and other Indus valley sites.

INS KURUSURA SUBMARINE MUSEUM

Ladies, Gentlemen and Children, welcome onboard the Kurusura Submarine.  Yes you heard it right, you have the privilege of boarding a submarine as simply as boarding a bus.  Presenting the Kurusura submarine museum – the first of its kind in the whole of south Asia.  

Located on the Beach road, INS (Indian Naval Ship) Kurusura is a soviet built I-641 class submarine which was inducted into the Indian Navy on 18.12.1969.  After serving the nation for 31 years the submarine was decommissioned on 28.02.2001.  

The Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority in technical association with the Indian Navy and at a Project cost of Rs.6.00 crores has taken up the work of hauling up the entire submarine, including its weapons, from the sea to land and positioning on a concrete foundation.  

The Kurusura Sub-marine Museum was inaugurated on 09.08.2002 by Sri N.Chandra Babu Naidu, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and opened for public on 14.08.2002.  It is estimated that about 3 lakh visitors visit this museum every year.

The services of six guides and one curator have been hired from the retired employees of Navy to educate about history and activates of the Submarine to visitors.

Some facts about the sub-marine:

1. Length                           :     91.30 Meters
2. Breadh                           :     8.00 Meters
3. Displacement                  :     1945 Tons (when surfaced); 2469 tons (when submerged)
4. Compliment                    :     08 Officers  and 69 sailors                
5. Diving depth                    :    280 mtrs
6. Speed                             :    15.5 Knots
7. Propulsion                       :     3 x Diesel Engines; 448 Batteries             
8. Torpedoes                       :     22

Life on board the submarine is very hard.  Space in a submarine is premium.  Priority is given for equipments, ammunitions and life savings systems.  Crew share the bed space in turns.  In a kitchen of size 4’ x 6’, 2 cooks prepare food for a crew of 77. Also, there are only 2 wash basins and 2 toilets for the whole crew.  

One can see numerous items used by the crew on board.  Photographs and written scripts pertaining to the submarine have been displayed in the museum. After seeing the sub-marine, one can imagine the hardships faced by the crew in discharge of their sacred duty i.e., protecting the country from enemies.

MUST VISIT ATTRACTION.

Timings: It opens for regular public viewing from 3P.M to 8 P.M in week days and from 8 A.M to 8 P.M in Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Monday holiday.

Entry Fee: For Adult: Rs.   For Child: Rs.

VISAKHA MUSEUM

The Visakha Museum was opened on 08th of October 1991 by the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Sri N.Janardhana Reddy.  It is credited with the work of presevation of records of history of Vizag.  It is located in an Old Dutch Bunglow on the Beach Road.

The Museum has some of the best and finest artistic items put on display. Portraits depicting the members of the Royal family of the Vizianagaram and Bobbili, Two Armour suits, two stands of spears and muzzleloading guns, several ancient weapons such as steel bows, handguns that date back to the British-rule times are some of the things one should not miss.

The Visakha Museum also showcases some of the artifacts collected from other institutions. These include the 250-lb bomb that was dropped by the Japanese during the World War II. The shell bomb however, did not explode.

The coconut that was broken by the then Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru during the inauguration of the first ship that was indigenously built – the S.S Jala Usha, was also preserved at the Museum.

Must visit for people interested in Vizag's history.

Hours: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm. Sunday Closed.

Contact: 078933 32699.

MATSYA DARSINI AQUARIUM

Matsya Darshini, an Acquarium and a Fish Museum is one of the major attractions in Visakhapatnam. The Acquarium was set up and is maitained by Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation (GVMC). Matsya Darshini took its shape from the earlier Municipal Commissioner's Bunglow in May 1990.

Fishes from Singapore, Malaysia and from many other parts of the world were brought and put for display at the Museum. However, due to lack of funds, the development of the Museum were stopped for sometime in 1995.

To give the Acquamuseum, a come back, VMC has recently inviteded tenders from public companies to maintain the museum. A Local firm - Paragon Ventures was selected. Paragon Ventues went ahead and was planning 18 glass acquariums to put Fishes from Singapore, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and from other parts of the World.

The Acqu Museum today hosts a number of sea, deep sea and oceatic marine life. The list includes Clown Anemone Fish that weights few grams, the yellowish Carpet Anemones to Pacu that weights about 10 kilograms to the extremly dangerous Sting Rays (which are of about 500 varieties) and the Moray Eels that look like snakes!

The acquarium also hosts the Arowana fish. These fishes are imported from Thailand and cost a whopping Rs. 1.5 Lakhs each. The Arowana fish look light yellowish and each fish is about 2 1/2 feet in length.

The fish list here also includes the Red Squirrel Fish, the Blue Damsel Fish, Silver Dollar, Sharks, Piranhas from the Amazon etc.