Jan 5, 2013

A museum that could have been in a museum


 [Just  before I took the night train to Orissa I visited Kolkata's Indian Museum.]


The animals look like they've had enough. 134 years is a long time to hold a pose. The indian Museum began in 1814 under the name The House of Magic. The animals in the natural history halls were added in 1876.


The leopard has almost lost his spots. They remain mostly on the top of its head.





Still, the kids are as wide-eyed as kids in any museum. 




What is different from American museums is that it is not the dinosaur, but man that is the chief wonder.








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