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SJM children’s gallery to open next month

SJM children’s gallery to open next month
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With the government moving up summer vacation dates, most schoolchildren have begun enjoying their yearly holidays. In addition, keeping in mind the rush of tourists in the season authorities at the Salar Jung Museum (SJM) have announced that the special children’s gallery will open in the first week of May.

With the government moving up summer vacation dates, most schoolchildren have begun enjoying their yearly holidays. In addition, keeping in mind the rush of tourists in the season authorities at the Salar Jung Museum (SJM) have announced that the special children’s gallery will open in the first week of May.

Spread over 5,000 sq ft the gallery houses upto five thousand objects, which have been chosen with great care, and includes pieces from the reserve collection of the museum.

This includes toys in different hues, sizes and periods are part of separate sections, such as transport, animals, birds and vegetables, which are made in clay, metal and porcelain.

Most of the items are pocket sized that range from musical instruments, cars, jeeps, aeroplanes, rockets and porcelain items. For children with a keen interest in warfare, toy armies including military and artillery are sure to be one of the highlights of the gallery.

Clay models of soldiers decked up and armed in hundreds are set to be on display giving an idea of wars and warfare in a bygone era.

Toy train to chug once again
A toy train made of metal and wood is set to circumnavigate around the replica of Windsor Railway station of United Kingdom moving around green pathways at the gallery. A prized possession of Salar Jung III, the train has not chugged for almost 30 years now owing to a few minor functional repairs it requires.

The Salar Jung Museum (SJM) is planning to approach the South Central Railway’s (SCR) Signals and Telecommunications wing to repair the toy train. A Nagender Reddy, director, SJM said, “It is a minor problem, which should not take long to fix. The toy train will be a major hit among children.”

The authorities are working overtime to get the gallery ready. Special care has been taken to create the environment by placing a number of artificial trees, plants and shrubs around the toy train with a photo of the Nampally Railway station by Raja Deen Dayal as the backdrop.

Another major attraction will be touch screen enabled virtual reality games that include a panel for chasing butterflies and another for a game of volleyball. The software is developed by the Vishveshwarayya Science Museum, Bengaluru.

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