Municipal school students will no longer have to visit a museum to learn about the country’s rich heritage and culture. A museum on Wheels will reach every school and will teach students through a display of artifacts, workshops and demonstrations.
The initiative by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), formerly known as Prince of Wales museum, the Museum on Wheels will first roll into NA Sawant municipal school in Colaba on Thursday.
Started in 2015, the CSMVS Museum on Wheels project is a bus with exhibitions on different themes that are changed every six months. According to the CSMVS website, the bus is equipped with display cases for objects, interactive demo kits, art supplies, audio-visual equipment and digital media such as touch screens and digital tablets.
Avkash Jadhav, Shiv Sena corporator and a trustee at CSMVS, said the project is being introduced for civic schools to inculcate the concept of learning outside classrooms.
“The project has already started at private schools. Now, it will include municipal schools students who do not get to visit museums regularly. The museum will reach them through the initiative,” said Jadhav.
Jadhav said that the CSMVS will not charge the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for the initiative. “We will also try to screen documentaries, have talks and workshops for students through this project.”
The project will give preference to schools which has a big compound.
Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner of the A ward (which includes Colaba), said, “We selected the NA Sawant school as it has space for the huge bus. We will also check the space available in other schools and take the museum there.’’