The renovated Bapu Museum now features advanced interactive technology :
Keeping pace with the digital world, Bapu Museum is now renovated with an ultra-modern ambience that provides visitors with a mesmerising experience. The Andhra Pradesh State Department of Archaeology and Museum takes the exhibits at Bapu Museum to a whole new dimension using Augmented Reality technology, giving the visitor a unique glimpse into the significant past. The Bapu Museum with AR and VR technology in Vijayawada engages and educates visitors through an exciting virtual tour where the exhibits narrate about the historical moments in an engaging manner. Visitors will have to download the Bapu Museum AR app on their Smartphones to discover interesting facts of the collection present at the museum.
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. The renovated museum houses nine galleries showcasing 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.
The historically significant Bapu Museum formerly known as Victoria Jubilee 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 museum is open from 10.30am to 5 pm daily except Fridays and public holidays.
Entry Fee : Rs.50/- for adults and Rs.30/- for children.
The whole collection is spread over the two floors of the heritage building and in an annex building located behind.
The sculpture garden display ninety-three stone sculptures and architectural members datable from Satavahana (2nd Century A.D) to the post-Vijayanagara (17th Century A.D) in different stone media.
At present, the conservation work is being taken up to strengthen the roof and walls.
In the ground floor the antiquities displayed are Pre & Proto Historic stone tools and early historic pottery and objects like Bronzes, Stuccos, Coins and Bidri, Porcelain and celadon ware. In the 1st floor, the European and Indian Paintings are displayed. The Arms & Weapons Gallery is located in a separate building.
The important collections of the museum are the lime stone Buddha sculpture from Nelakondapalle, 3rd Century A.D., lime stone Plaque of Mother Goddess 2nd Century A.D Mahishasura Mardhani and Panchayathana Cult 5th Century A.D the bronzes of Tara, Veerabhadra, European paintings particularly the portrait of Queen Victoria (1877) and others.
Visitor Facilities: Clean, cool drinking water and good toilets are provided. Seating arrangements have been provided in the garden. A Companion Guide to the Museum is also available at Rs.20/-.