The next destination that we visited during our trip to Bhubaneswar was the regional museum of natural history. It has been formulated under the VII th five year plan as an extension to the national museum of natural history’s obligations to promote environmental education and conservation at state as well as regional levels.
The regional museum of natural history at Bhubaneswar is the Eastern regional centre of the National museum of natural history. It is regulated by the Ministry of Environment and forests which is a Government of India body. The museum aims at imparting non formal environmental education to the common masses and particularly to the student community. It promotes awareness regarding the significance of our varied flora, fauna in maintaining the biodiversity of our environment. It also emphasizes on conservation of our renewable as well as non renewable natural resources.
The Regional museum of natural history is situated near the Acharya Vihar square on the National Highway 5 and is a preferred tourist destination for all age groups and all sections of the society. The museum is an aesthetically designed building and the surrounding landscapes provides an informal and interactive environment for students to value the natural heritage and learn about the complex interrelationships between the elements of nature and hence forth the vital need to preserve it in its original form.
The museum showcases the biological diversity of Odhisha, Andaman and Nicobar Island and the North Eastern regions of India. It has been built with an objective to promote awareness among the common people regarding the vibrant natural heritage which is also a source of survival of the whole mankind.
Inculcating environmental awareness among students by educating them informally is the driving force behind the construction of the Regional museum of natural history of Bhubaneswar.
My kids were very much inquisitive to know more about our nature and environment after their visit to this museum. It was indeed a very knowledgeable experience for us all. As we walked down to our hotel we bore inside us a better understanding of the nature and how it is being depleted continuously by the reckless and materialistic activities of human.