On Saturday 27th of June, students of classes 6, 7 and 8 were taken for a visit to the state museum and the zoo. A total of 62 students and their teachers went for the trip. The main objective of the trip was to give the children a glimpse into history through the exhibits at the state museum to give them a direct connect with the text in their books. The children got an additional bonus of a viewing the zoological gardens, which house the state museum. The visit to the zoo, was also an effective way to promote awareness of the endangered animals in the wild and increase their love care and concern for Mother Nature.
The State Museum at Lucknow, has three primary thematic galleries with a variety of exhibits. Students visited several halls which had very unique and interesting artifacts and replicas depicting different eras of history. The exhibits visited were Coins gallery, sculpture gallery, arms and ammunition gallery and a hall with decorative items. The arms section displayed old swords, spikes, daggers, helmets, bows and arrows and other weapons used in wars. The articles of household use were displayed in one of the halls which gave an insight into the domestic life of people from centuries ago. In the sculpture section were life-size statues of Gautam Buddha, Mahavir Jain. Paintings were the wonderful specimens of art. The gallery of natural history amazed and riveted the attention of many science loving students. This exhibit portrayed animal behaviour and body language through stuffed animals. Some of the thematic exhibits depicted scenes of prey, and the hierarchy of the animal kingdom.
After walking through the corridors of history, the children stepped into the controlled environments of the Zoological gardens, where they saw several animals, birds and reptiles in their enclosures. After buying the entry tickets, the sightseeing started with a joyride on a toy train. Students got the glimpses of the fauna housed in the zoo. They saw the white tiger taking a nap and the hog deer leaping in herds. They also saw different species of monkeys, lions, zebra, giraffes etc. They also saw birds in all hues of all colors in their cages. Their multi-coloured feathers gleamed in the sunlight while they twittered, chirped, screeched and whistled in their distinctive ways. For the children, it was wonderful and pleasing to hear these sounds. Further on the students also visited the aquarium, the nocturnal house, and the serpentarium.
The day at the Zoo was spent in acquiring a variety of information. The children used this opportunity to the fullest and found themselves exposed to the abundance in nature and the multi layered collective history that we are surrounded by.