A visit to Patna museum would no longer be confined only to a walk down the corridors of history.
The authorities are aiming to woo child visitors with a host of outdoor and indoor activities, including a small library.
“Often children are not keen on visiting the museum to gain historical and academic knowledge. But we want to bring them back. Accordingly, State Bank of India has agreed to contribute towards developing an area along the southern boundary wall of the museum for outdoor games. Similarly, we are in talks with National Book Trust (NBT) to open a small section of books for children at the existing Bihar Research Society on the museum premises,” said JPN Singh, director, Patna museum.
Singh added that the proposed section would mostly have books from Nehru Bal Pustakalaya series of National Book Trust, which interest children in the age groups of 3 to 5, 6 to 8, 8-10 and 12-14 years.
The museum is holding parleys with College of Arts and Crafts for developing a skill development centre as well. “Students of many schools come to the museum. We can inculcate artistic skills in them with the support of the college. We plan to shift the existing shop of Handicrafts and Handlooms Exports Corporation to the upcoming ticket lounge at the entrance of the museum and develop the skill centre in its place,” said Singh.
The ticketing lounge would have seating area, ticket vending machines, luggage and body scanning sections and cloak room among others. A permanent painting gallery is also being put up at the museum.