Sunday, 20 March 2016

Raja Kelkar Museum in Pune, India

We just got back from a trip to India - we try to do this regularly, so the 6 y.o. gets to visit grand parents and other relatives. This time though, instead of doing the usual rounds, we decided to look at Pune from a tourist's point of view. So this post and a few of the next will talk about tourist-y things in and around Pune.

One of the first places we visited was Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. This museum is interesting, especially when you consider that it is the work of a single person. The museum houses everyday objects and art pieces from various parts of India, mostly from the 18th and 19th century - though there are a few sculptures that date back to the 14th century. The 6 y.o. seemed to absorb things with interest though this was his first time visiting a "history" museum - we have visited science museums, wildlife museums, even art museums but never one focused on history. The toys:


and the weapons:


were of particular interest - but after that you could see him visibly lose interest (especially in the hall of the beetelnut crackers and lights :))

I especially enjoyed the visit - I remembered visiting (and liking) the place when I was in school, and as it happened, there was a school visit going on when we were there!