India Post inaugurates National Philatelic Museum
Tuesday, 12 July 2011, 05:02 Hrs
New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) The Department of Posts (DoP) Monday inaugurated the National Philatelic Museum which will exhibit rare postage stamps from across the world and also provide a platform to philatelists to exhibit their collections. "The museum will provide enhanced and interactive platform for promoting philately and will stimulate interest for stamp collection among children," Radhika Doraiswamy, secretary Department of Posts, told reporters here. The museum will be open Mondays to Fridays -- it will also be open on Saturdays for school groups on request. It will have an entry fee but the amount has yet not been decided. "There will be a nominal entry fee," said Doraiswamy. The museum has bays dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and the prime ministers of India, along with freedom fighters. It also has stamps on several themes such as science and technology, transport and wildlife. There are stamps from abroad, and displays from the Army Postal Service and India Security Press, Nashik. The museum also has an amphitheatre for talk shows and presentations along with a reference library. In the artists corner, the department has showcased the actual designing of a stamp and also plans to invite artists from time to time to give live demonstrations.