About National Museum
- Present Bangladesh National Museum (1983) is the successor to the Dhaka Museum. Lord Carmichael, the Governor of Bengal inaugurated the Dhaka Museum on 7th August 1913. Mr. M. Bonhamcarter and Nicholas D. Beatson Bell played a very significant role in establishing this museum.
- Nalini Kanta Bhattasali, a young historian of immense potentiality, was made the first curator of the museum in 1914 and he served the museum in that capacity till his death in 1947. On 20th September, 1983 Bangladesh Jatiya Jadughar (National Museum) ordinance came into operation and the Dhaka Museum Board of Trustees ordinance 22nd April, 1970 was repealed. Bangladesh National Museum was shifted to its present premises at Shahbag near Dhaka University in 1983.
A four-storied building with a total exhibition area of more than 20,000 sqm. and 44 galleries. The Bangladesh National Museum is one.
Ethnography & Decorative Art
- The Department of Ethnography & Decorative Art has an extensive collection of ethnographical materials and decorative art materials. The aim of this department is to collect, preserve, display and study the traditional designs, motifs, traditional arts and crafts of Bangladesh.
- The objects collected under this department are folk arts and crafts, boats, lamps, tribal ornaments, tribal arts and crafts, musical Instruments, dolls, pottery from different regions of Bangladesh, metallic images with folk elements, hookas, pitchers, painted pots, moulds of cakes and ornaments, hangers, fishing implements, models depicting different aspects of the people’s life, miscellaneous folk-life materials of Bangladesh, porcelain or Ceramics, wood carvings, metalwares, furniture, textiles, ivory objects, arms and armor, ornaments.
History & Classical Art
- Department of History & Classical Art is the largest curatorial department of the Bangladesh National Museum. All the material pertaining to the political, social, economic, religious and cultural aspects of the past are preserved in the department, such as archaeo- logical artifacts, ancient sculpture, architecture, terracotta, epigraph, numismatic, manu- script, document etc.
- The department also collects the relics and mementos of historic Liberation War. historic Language Movement (1952) Collection: More than 65 thousand objects including 52 thousand coins are preserved in this department. The study of aesthetic and technological aspects of these objects is carried out i this department.
- The first 10 galleries are devoted to highlight the natural heritage of Bangladesh, which introduces the country as well as, its luxuriant flora and fauna, rocks and minerals. Important displays are the magnificent “Sunderbans”, versatile rocks and minerals, wonderful medicinal plants, varieties of reptiles, birds and mammals and the gracious skeleton of whale.
- Natural History Department primarily deals with natural heritage of the country as nature plays a very important role in man’s life and culture. The aims and objectives of the department are to increase public awareness for environment and environmental protection against the risk of uncontrolled and unrestrained industrialization, the gradual decreasing of the forest area and to promote public opinion for conservation of nature and natural resources through exhibitions, seminars and symposia.
Education section deals with school program, provides guide lecture service, mobile exhibition bus and holds art and hand writing competitions including variuos other competitions for children and arranges seminars, lectures and film shows. Display section is responsible for the exhibition in galleries as well as for special exhibition
Administration, Finance & Security
Department of Administration, Finance and Security
This Department looks after the administration, finance and security of the Bangladesh National Museum. It consists of five sections, namely:
- Administration and Establishment,
- Audit and Accounts,
- Engineering, and
The Museum has two auditoriums :
- The Main Auditorium and
- The Poet Sufia Kamal Auditorium
And one hall
- The Nalini Kanta Bhattsali Exhibition Hall and
Besides the Museum, foreign and native organizations and agencies can hold lectures, seminars, symposia, cultural functions and exhibitions