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Museums should involve young people, says Kishan Reddy

Union minister kicks off virtual two-day global summit on ‘reinventing museums in India’

Union minister kicks off virtual two-day global summit on ‘reinventing museums in India’

Opening a two-day online global summit on ‘Reinventing Museums in India’, Union Culture and Tourism Minister G. Kishan Reddy spoke of the value of updating the idea of a museum to involve the younger generations.

“There has been renewed interest in building museums with engaging exhibits and content, taking advantage of modern technologies such as digital, augmented reality and virtual reality. We have also invested significantly in upgrading existing museums so that they continue to be relevant for the new generation,” the minister said in his address at a high-end hotel in Hyderabad.

The summit brings together more than 25 museologists and museum professionals from countries including France, Italy, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, in addition to some 2,000 registered participants.

The Minister also underlined the importance of recognizing the former rulers of India and added that the Indian government would establish 10 museums in major cities of India including Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Ranchi to honor tribal leaders who are fighting for India’s independence.

“India is a land of rich cultural heritage dating back to the dawn of human civilization. As we celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, we are proud to renew our focus and commitment to preserving, protecting and perpetuating our cultural heritage. India’s more than 1,000 museums not only help to showcase and preserve this cultural heritage, but also educate future generations,” Mr. Reddy said.

The summit is expected to lead to sharing global best practices for museum development and management, understanding the current needs of Indian museums, promoting strategic partnerships between Indian and international museums and developing a plan renewal of museums.


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