17 December, 2017
Field visit – Std V
-Ms. Deepa Nathani
The students of Std. V congregated in the school on 7th Dec 2017 at 9 am to proceed for their field trip to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya formerly named as the Prince of Wales Museum, and is the main museum in Mumbai. They were accompanied by their class teachers, the associate teachers and the Supervisor.
The museum was renamed after Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire. It was established on 10 January 1922. This year was the 95 year of its establishment. The building is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, incorporating elements of other styles of architecture like the Mughal, Maratha and Jain. The museum houses approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, categorized primarily into three sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History. The museum has Indus Valley Civilization artefacts and other relics from ancient India. The museum building was completed in 1915, but was used as a Children’s Welfare Centre and a Military Hospital during the First World War, before being handed over to the committee in 1920.
Taxidermy, the preserving of an animal’s body via stuffing or mounting for the purpose of display or study, was explained in detail to the children by Sir. Ravindra Chafe. He further explained about the rain water harvesting and other aspects of nature in relation to the living world.
The trip was successful and enriching as the boys enjoyed learning through exhibits.