Most of the city museums find it hard to attract visitors and are unable to fulfil their potential. While the UT administration keeps organising different events to promote tourism such as Rose festival, chrysanthemum show and theatre festivals, it has failed to promote its museums.
In the first seven months this year, more than 6 lakh tourists visited the city, but only around 35,000 went to see the museums. The visitors mostly include school students from Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana. A group of 65 students from Government School, Patiala, visited the museum on October 7. Many foreign students come to study architecture and visit the architecture museum to know about the ways Le Corbusier worked.
The Government Museum and Art Gallery at Sector 10 was established in August 1947 and was designed by Le Corbusier. Before partition, the art objects were kept at the Central Museum in Lahore. The museum, inaugurated in May 1968 under the initiative of former UT chief commissioner Dr MS Randhawa, used to be a hub of activities till about seven years back. With with time hardly any events are organised.
Sources in the administration claim that the activities and promotion of the museum completely depends upon the administrative machinery.
If the officers are interested in promoting tourism then activities are planned. In all these years, the administration has failed to generate interest among the locals about the rich information available in the museums. Sources in the art museum said during the tenure of former UT administrator General SF Rodrigues (retd) a lot of activities were undertaken. The director of Museum and Art Gallery is generally appointed from among the Punjab Civil Services, who stays for about three years and largely depends upon the individual interest of the officer, which results in the upkeep of the museums.
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