‘Walk through’ aquarium to be built in museum
Imagine hundreds of multi-coloured fish swimming around while you
walk through a glass tunnel, giving the feeling that you are underwater. Such an experience will be given to visitors to the National Museum soon, as Government plans to enhance the facility by constructing a ‘walk through’ aquarium.
According to Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony, the construction of the aquarium will begin this year, and the idea behind the construction is for visitors to be able to have a greater feel and appreciation for the aquatic world.
Adding that the aquarium will be built in the upper flat of the building, Dr Anthony said there will also be further enhancement to the aviary section.
He explained that in this section, visitors will be able to press a button and with the aid of an earpiece, listen to the sounds of the specific bird that they are viewing.
“It becomes more interactive and kids can learn more, and there will be more information at their disposal, we want to make it’s more like a learning environment.”
The Guyana National Museum was established in 1853 and was first officially opened to the Public on February 13, 1868. Its mandate is to preserve and display objects of Natural history, science and technology.
The core functions of the museum include serving as a national repository for things of Scientific, Cultural, Technological and Human interest; serving as a place where research and dissemination of knowledge may be undertaken, identifying, protecting, conserving and transmitting the cultural and natural heritage of Guyana and promoting cultural resources in the context of social and economic development.
The museum is currently under the umbrella of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, which is the governing body. The main responsibility of the department is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the country’s history. (Rabindra Rooplall)