5 Things to Know About the Fisheries Museum of AndamanAndaman and Nicobar Islands-A haven of sea life, water sports and natural beauty. This is one of the most under rated tourist destinations of India and is often replaced by expensive trips to the Maldives or Bali or other popular Indonesian destinations. Many Indian tourists are unaware of the treasures which this group of Islands has to offer. They consider visiting Bangkok a better option over a mystic, intoxicating place like the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Honestly, these Islands are so beautiful and comprise of so many places to visit and facts to discover that a trip less than, at least 15 days is not sufficient to explore them.
Unlike common belief, the Islands showcase a lot more than just beaches, water sports and corals. It has many museums that are worth visiting for acquiring an enriching experience apart from just relaxing at the beaches. One of the well-known and engaging museums is the Fisheries Museum, located in Shadipur, at Port Blair. This museum showcases every small detail associated with the marine life existing, primarily within the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The museum is not only a success among tourists but is also frequently visited by the local people of Port Blair and the surrounding areas or towns.
Crucial facts about Fisheries Museum
1. The Fisheries Museum of Shadipur, was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Lt. Governor Andaman and Nicobar Islands, named Shri Ishwari Prasad Gupta on the 5th of October 1997, who used to be a very respectable citizen of the capital city. He encouraged the acquisition of knowledge about the Andaman and the marine life within it.
2. The museum is located in a very strategic position where tourists can spend the entire day as it is not only close to the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, but is also surrounded by the Marina Park-an excellent picnic spot and the Children’s Traffic Park-another great picnic spot for kids and families.
3. The Museum has more than 350 species of marine life preserved within it, of which almost all are exclusive to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and are rarely found anywhere else in the world, leave alone the Indian sub-continent.
4. This unique Fisheries Museum, has a huge variety of sea shells that range from small to large to massive sized shells, apart from being rare along with display of colorful fish and corals stored behind huge glass walls.
5. The museum is for 6 days a week with an off on Monday and can be visited at any time of the year between 9.00 am to 4.45 pm.
This specific museum offers a great learning opportunity for children as well as adults interested in the different forms of marine life living or endemic or endangered. It is a great opportunity to learn about the habitats of marine life and also discover that how unique Andaman is from many of its counterparts. This kind of intense preservation and information broadcast about marine life is rarely found anywhere else, within or outside India.