India Welcomes Its First Biodiversity Museum
Now, you can visit a museum inside a houseboat. Sounds incredible? It is. Kerala is all set to get its first ever biodiversity museum at the Vallakadavu Boathouse in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The biodiversity museum was inaugurated by Pinarayi Vijayan, the CM of Kerala and has been opened to the public.
The museum is a joint effort between the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, the Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation, and the Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (Keltron). The museum is housed inside the 19th century boathouse building, which sprawls to 5,000sq.ft.
The biodiversity museum, which is one of its kind, boasts a 50-seater 3D theater, scale models, interactive kiosks and LCD’s. The gallery inside the museum depicts themes related to biodiversity and informative panels on the various types of rice in Kerala, marine diversity and marine life. The crowd-puller of the museum however, is the is the Science on a Sphere (SOS) system which has been set with the assistance of the US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
A KSSB official told the press that the museum, with its rare features and high-octane technology, will be the first of its kind in India. Visitors will gain an understanding on the global, national and local biodiversity, as well as an interactive platform to gain clarity and insight on the environment and its various aspects.