The hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri YS Jaganmohan Reddy inaugurated the renovated Bapu Museum in Vijayawada on October 1, 2020. Commissioner of AP State Archaeology & Museums Department, G Vani Mohan, IAS., was also present during the event. The Chief Minister took a tour of the museum, observing the technology-based facilities and appreciating the impressive artefacts.
The refurbished museum now has an ultra-modern ambience of advanced digital display technology that offers visitors a realistic experience. This is the first museum in India, to have adopted the technology of Augmented and Virtual realities. The immersive projection mapping, interactive display panels, digital book and interactive kiosks offer a visual treat to visitors. This historically significant museum happens to be the place where the freedom fighter Pingali Venkayya presented the tricolour flag to Mahatma Gandhi in 1921. The same flag was adopted as the Indian national flag in 1947. The renovated museum houses nine galleries housing a rare collection of antiques, sculptures, cutlery, paintings which have been preserved for over several decades. Every artefact is digitised enabling the visitors to learn more about the rich heritage of the country. All one needs to do is touch or scan the QR code, using their smartphones to know the history and interesting facts about the artefacts present at the museum.