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Museum joins in, offers free entry for kids

art-and-culture Updated: Jan 27, 2011 15:50 IST
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With origami sessions, tattoo and portrait stands and free entry for young children (below the age of 12) on offer, the museum at Colaba has become the latest to join the Hindustan Times No TV Day movement.

When you pull the plug of your television set this Saturday, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum, will help make your screen-less day a learning experience infused with lots of fun. To encourage more children to explore relics from the past, the museum will allow free entry to all children below 12 years of age on January 29. Inside, a number of special activities will be put together, all free of cost, in the manner of a mini carnival.

In the ‘Animal Trail’ organised by the museum management, for instance, you can collect stickers of birds and animals, walk around the gallery to identify the animal, and locate its region of origin on a map of India provided by them. There will also be live demonstration stands for Warli paintings, traditional ceramic jewellery, clay models of artefacts in the museum and bookmarks inscribed with ancient Brahmi and Modi scripts.

Besides this, the museum plans to set up interactive stalls for tattooing, portraits and origami. Bilwa Kulkarni, business development executive, said, “The No TV Day initiative gives you the perfect excuse to get back in touch with your roots.”

On the anvil
The CSMVS museum is offering free entry to children below 12. Other free attractions include
*Portrait stalls, where artists in the European paintings gallery will make your portrait for you
*Origami sessions, where you can have a guided lesson in basic paper folding
*Tattoo stands, where you can get traditional motifs seen on sculptures and paintings printed on your arms

How to get there: You can take a cab or bus to ‘Museum’ from Churchgate and CST stations