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SJM to offer ‘virtual tour'

J.S. Ifthekhar


Visitors can now digitally ‘check out' the museum objects

The famous Veiled Rebecca can now be viewed leisurely


Hyderabad: Now you can view India's best known art museum from the comfort of your house.

Yes, the Salar Jung Museum (SJM) is adding another first to its credit by going online. It will now be possible to take a virtual tour of the fascinating collections here from next month.

With this the SJM joins the select band of museums in the world which offer a virtual tour of their artefacts. However, to start with only four galleries, will be available for the virtual tour. They are the famous veiled Rebecca gallery, Ivory, Far Eastern Porcelain and Founder's gallery.

The Bangalore based Vishweswariah Science Museum, a part of the National Council of Science Museums, has developed this technology for SJM. “Some more galleries will be extended this facility in the coming days', said A. Nagender Reddy, director, SJM. The SJM already has an online presence but its virtualisation is expected to generate greater interest in it world wide. The facility allows visitors to digitally ‘check out' the museum objects for analysis and study.

The veiled Rebecca, a melody in marble, can now be viewed leisurely.

The anatomically perfect statue chiselled by Italian sculpture, Benzoni, can be seen from different angles just at the click of the mouse. There are other statues too in this gallery giving company to Rebecca. The Founder's gallery has portraits and other personal belongings of Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, the museum founder. It gives a peep into the life and times of the Salar Jung family.

The Ivory and Far Eastern porcelain galleries too have eye catching objects to look at. The SJM authorities have also plans to put its rare collections on the website soon.

Recently the museum has started providing all the information on a touch screen at the entrance of the central block. Visitors can find out which block has which galleries and also details of the objects displayed therein.

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