mage source: http://www.heritagetransportmuseum.org
Curiosity, the passion to collect homogenous objects, the search for the rare, unique and often elusive is what impassions all collectors. That’s how Heritage Transportation Trust was started. Registered under the Indian Trust Act (1882) as a non-profit organisation, it was conceived to document, exhibit, educate and disseminate information about transportation. After over two decades of research on the evolution of modes of transportation that formed the plinth of the collection in possession of the Trust, the Heritage Transport Museum was initiated as India’s first comprehensive transport museum.
The art of transportation is the cause as well as the result of cultural development and it remains true that no great civilisation has been built without a well-defined system of transportation. There is a direct link between transportation and the economic, environmental, and social issues which determine the quality of our life.
The intent of the museum is facilitating one to explore the social history through the inherited means of transportation, to further analyze the challenges of today’s dynamic technology, and share the vision for its possibilities in the future.
The Heritage Transport Museum is situated on a three acre plot, off National Highway 8 at Tauru-Gurgaon. A built up area of over 90,000 square feet of air conditioned space spread over four floors houses the exhibition galleries, library and reference centre, conference rooms, mini auditorium, the museum shop, and a restaurant facility. As the first private museum of its scale in India, it is conceived as a didactive space that engages visitor participation in learning while remaining a family experience.
The Ministry of Culture, Government of India has accorded a grant of Rs. Six Crores to offset the cost of construction of the museum building. The remaining investment is the fruit of corporate and individual donations and sponsorships.
The museum showcases its collections under various categories like
- Automobile gallery
- Pre-mechanised transportation
- Heavy mechanised transportation
- Rural transportation
- Collectible Indian toys and transport
- Historical collections
Whether you’re 6 or 60, studying or working, the museum has got something to offer to you.
- Regular display of exhibitions/ events at the museum
- Key methods and media have been identified and deployed for communication with visitors at all levels in each gallery.
- The Discovery Centre situated on Level 2 is a platform where visitors can interact with actual parts and models like engine, gearbox, chassis etc. Visitors can operate the exhibits and understand their real objective and phenomena by hands-on physical exploration.
- Situated on Level 3, the Library & Research Centre holds over 2000 books related not only to transportation and its history, but also books on art, design and technology, street art, enamel signs, museology, and so on.
- Schools Programmes have been designed to inspire learning on topics, such as, history, science, engineering, design, technology and culture.
- A series of workshops and activities have been planned to address the needs of the visitors of various interests by creatively linking the museum’s collections to diverse topics.
- Weekend Learning Activities for Children: Special weekend creative workshops and hands on activities have been planned for children.
India can now boast of the anti-museum, a space experiential, yet experimental.
The museum is located at a distance of about 50 km from Gurgaon. You may read more about it on its website here.