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Museums in Dehradun

Dehradun, a small compact town nestled in the foothills of the great Himalayas, is a very well known tourist destination in the country. Apart from being the most sought after romantic destination by the couples who want to spend some quality time after tying the nuptial knot, Dehradun is also known very well for its beautiful and famous buildings that score quite high when it comes to historical, cultural, political and architectural values.

Museums in the city are very famous among tourists, where they got to learn new facts, enjoy great food and  have fun, all at the same time. Let’s have a quick look at some of these amazing repositories of the city.

Museums in Dehradun

The Museum in Dehradun

Popularly known as the Zonal Museum, it is famous for its exemplary collection of artefacts that explain the very basics of origination and the further evolution of the mankind. It explains more particularly about the evolution and culture of the people living in the foothills of Himalayas. Here you can have a close encounter with the history of physical and sociological details about the central and western Himalayas. Some artefacts can be deemed as the rarest of the rare from the historical era. The Museum was started in the year 1971. There are great eateries in the vicinity of the museum where food is  available for purchase.

Location - It is situated on  situated on Haridwar Road
Timings - Monday - Friday: 10.00 AM - 5.00 AM ,
Saturday - 10.00 AM - 5.00 AM ,
Remains closed on Public holidays, Sundays and Second Saturdays
Main attraction - Amazing Artefacts from the history.
Entry fee - Paid

S. P. Nautiyal Museum

S. P. Nautiyal Museum is housed in the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology in Dehradun. This autonomous research institute started functioning in the year 1968. As, this institute is involved in the research related to Geology, the areas that are under study here are building process in the mountains, seismotectonics and related to natural resources.

The museum housed in this institute is very popular among children and tourists. It gives you a sneak peek at the making of this great mountain range and also provide details about the environmental aspects of the Himalayas such as what sort of life was there in the past, how many earthquakes happened in the region and they are of what magnitude. The museum is dedicated to explain all this to the general public in the light of the activities carried out in the institute.

The museum is a star attraction among school children and national and international students. Large groups of students from various colleges and universities of the countries such as  England, Canada , Nepal,  Israel, USA,  Moscow, Austria, Japan, U.K, Ukraine, Thailand, Nepal, Australia, France and Russia.

The main attractions of the museum are paintings that describe that how the environment is impacted by the activities of the human population. Video films based on geology and Himalay, charts, samples, maps, models and a very informative and attractive relief model of the Himalaya adds to the excitement. Guided tours are provided by the institute for the students and visitors who wish to visit the museum.

Location- GMS Road, Ballupur Chowk, Dehradun
Timings- 9:30 am to 6 pm
Open Days-   National Science Day (28 February 2007), National Technology Day (11 May 2006), Foundation Day (29 June 2006) and Founders Day (23 October 2006)
New Exhibits- A 3-dimensional painting of  Bhagirathi valley
Entry fee- Not mentioned

Museums in Dehradun

Museums in Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Dehradun

FRI is the home to several exemplary museums like Non-Wood Forest Products Museum, Social Forestry Museum, Timbra Museum,  Entomology Museum,  Silviculture Museum and the Pathology Museum. FRI was established in the year 1906 and is deemed as one of the pioneering institutes in India in the field of forest research.

Entomology Museum- At this museum you learn all about the insect pests i.e. about their stages, and how they cause damage to your finished products and to various other products in the natural form such as bamboos, felled timber, standing trees, seeds and seedlings. You can learn about these pests, their life cycles and ways they can be controlled. Pests covered here in the museum are Deodar defoliator, Meliaceae shoot borer, stem borer,  Sissoo defoliator,  poplar defoliators, Sal heart-wood borer, Babul  root borer and Teak defoliator.

Here you also learn about timbers used commercially that are graded here according to their resistance to termites and also the application of insecticides and how to use the equipments to apply these chemicals.

Social Forestry Museum- This museum is all about the importance of trees in our lives depicted with the help of Models and photographs. Here you learn that how trees can affect forest products, fuelwood and fodder. Don't forget to take a look at the models of smokeless chulhas and models that demonstrates the implementation of various techniques in planting, and protecting plants. They also explain that how forestry is important in the economy of villages and know how about establishing cotton industries.

Non Wood Forest Products Museum- We all have learnt about conventional and contemporary techniques of tapping resins from the trees in the lower classes in our school. Here in this museum you just get brushed up all these basics. Here you find a comparison between the two. The newly developed rill method is exhibited here. You also find exhibits of various species of bamboo and other forest products like fatty oils, Lac products, gums, drugs, edible products and tans.

Forest Pathology museum- Forest Pathology museum is not less than heaven for those who have always dreamt of knowing a bit more than ordinary about the various aspects related to plants and trees. More than 900 exhibits are on display in the museum that are about hardwood and conifers. These exhibits provide information about the decay of timber and various tree diseases that lay an important impact when it comes to the economy. Information is provided about the diseases that affect the various parts of the plant such as stem disease, root disease and foliage disease.

The Silviculture Museum- Here you will find a number of large models arranged in a series that exhibit methods that are utilised to regulate regeneration of forests. These models are based on the methods that are implied according to the requirements of the market, proximity to the market, facilities available for extraction and the type of species involved. The museum also houses the drawings, charts and photographs of  Species that are found in the plains are covered along with those which are found at higher altitudes.

The Timber Museum- In the timber museum around 126 commercially and economically important species of timber are on display where you can get acquainted with the characteristics of these species individually.
The species of the trees are displayed in the form of their planks along with the photographs of the trees. You can also learn about Timber engineering techniques here in the museum. In a nutshell you will learn everything related to the Timber wood, right from the characteristics of the timber wood to its various commercial and non commercial uses. It’s really a treat to the people who want to take a dip in this pool of knowledge. You will hardly find any such museum anywhere in India other than Dehradun.

Location- Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun
Timings- 9 am to 1 pm and then from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm (Guides are available on request).
The FRI Museum is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm daily.
Remains closed on Public holidays, Sundays.
Entry fee- Rs.15 per person with extra parking charges.

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