Vechaar Utensils Museum Ahmedabad Entry Fee
- 20 per person for Adults
- 10 per person for Children (3 - 11 years)
- 50 per person for Foreign Tourists
- 100 for Camera / Mobile
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Vechaar Utensils Museum Ahmedabad Address: Opposite A P M C Market, Vasna, Vishala, Rehnuma Society, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 380055, India
Tantalising city of Ahmedabad is packed with historical sites and modern delights. The sixth most populous city of the country is renowned for its diverse and welcoming culture. An inspiring sightseeing spot of the city is the Vechaar Utensils Museum that emphasizes the diverse collection of utensils.
An imposing museum that takes you back in time with the display of metal utensils including brass, copper, bronze, zinc and German silver. It is poised to be one of the inspiring museums to visit in Ahmedabad that have been set inside the Vishala Village Restaurant.
The wonderful collection of utensils highlights the iconic artworks collected from different parts of the country like Rajasthan, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh. Vechaar or Vishala Environmental Centre for Heritage of Art, Architecture and Research features metal utensils made of stainless steel, zinc, wood, bronze, German silver, mud, copper and glass.
Wandering through the museum the travellers would get soaked in the rich heritage of the country. A one stop look at the traditional Indian culture and heritage fascinates visitors with its village setting and offers an opportunity to learn about how people lived in the past.
This invigorating museum was established on 27th April 1981 to instigate the interest and understanding of culture and history. Designed by Mr. Surendra C Patel and established with the support of Mr. Jyotindra Jain, the Vechaar Utensils Museum has been set in an impressive hut amidst huge trees to give a perfect ambiance for the exclusive utensil collection belonging to different eras. Utensils are placed in the hut made of mud, bamboo, dung and straw.
Built in a quadrangle shape, the museum has small bodies holding water that gives the visitors a cooling effect. At the centre of the museum there is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The museum showcases works of artists skilled in brass, silver, ivory, wood, bronze, terracotta and gold, some of which is believed to be around thousand years old.
History buffs would be delighted wandering through the museum that is home to more than 4500 unique pieces of utensils. People can find utensils used for performing rituals including a brass made Panchapatra Vessel to hold milk and water and a tin plated copper Bandna used for ritual cleansing.
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Amongst the collections of ancient utensils is a snake headed bowl that is believed to have been used to mix opium. It is believed that the image of the snake head reminded the user of the danger of opium consumption. Visitors would admire the storage vessel made of copper which has a bowl shaped base and copper rings attached to it as handles.
Few exhibits have come from Samarkand, Uzbekistan that includes jugs. Noteworthy exhibits include tourists’ friendly utensils, big oil containers and storage boxes. This museum accommodates an influential collection of intricately designed big and small boxes. Kankati is a small box made of brass used to hold kumkum with five peacocks on the top.
Betel leaf box brought from Madhya Pradesh made of brass using lost wax technique is another piece of attraction. Intricately designed glass made of glass white metal used for serving water has been brought from Maharashtra.
One of the interesting exhibits is the Hukka decorated with floral designs that comes from Lucknow and has both incoming and outgoing pipes at the top. There is Hukka base made of black alloy and silver brought from Deccan.
Visitors can even see dowry boxes gifted for holding jewellery and clothes especially by Saurashtra’s Kathi community. Brass container called the Karanido with a cylindrical base and peacock figures on both sides is another utensil that is given as a part of dowry in the Kathi community.
Sun and lotus symbol illustrates the belief of the locals in Sun God. Visitors can explore the remarkable collection of nutcrackers of varied sizes ranging from one-inch to 18-inch. Other noteworthy displays include pressure cooker and boti. Women of Bengal used this cutting instrument having a long curved knife fixed on a wooden platform to cut vegetables.
Around eight hundred nut crackers with different designs including that of a peacock design are kept for display. Other designs include those of animals, angel, various dance poses and birds. It also features varied locks with some of the locks having covered keyholes in order to provide protection from theft.
Vessel for churning buttermilk, spoons, rolling pins, frying pans, jugs, glasses, plates, bottles, pitcher, ritual accessories, incense burners, spice-boxes, kettles, steamers, infant feeding cups, Tiffin-boxes, knives, plates, rolling pins, spoons, casseroles, serving utensils, lamps, spice-boxes, knives and tantric havan kunds are other notable items displayed in the museum.
Entry Fees and Timings
Vechaar Utensils Museum is open throughout the year every day except for Monday. The museum is open from 3 pm to 10:30 pm.
The charge for the entry of an adult is Rs. 20 and for children aged from 3 to 11 years is Rs. 10. The ticket price for Foreigners is Rs. 50 per person. One needs to pay additional Rs. 100 if they wish to carry mobile phones or Camera.
Vechaar Utensils Museum is located within the vicinity of Vishala Village Restaurant opposite to Vishala Toll Naka. Local buses, taxi, cab or auto rickshaws can be hired from railway station, airport or bus stop to reach the museum.
Sardar Vallabhai Patel International airport has several domestic and international flights connecting Ahmedabad to the different Indian cities and various countries of the world. Kalupur Railway Station is the main station of the city which has trains running from various parts of the country to Ahmedabad. Buses are operated by both government and private operators that run from Paldi and Gita Mandir bus station.