Anthropological Museum visit the old world of the Nicobarese, the Jarawas, the Shompens, the Onges, and the Sentinelese at the anthropological museum and delve into the rich cultural and social history of Andaman and Nicobar. The sculptures and murals offer an insight into the lives of these indigenous tribes in India. This museum should be on the Port Blair sightseeing list of every art enthusiast. The museum completely focus on the tribes who lives in the andaman, some of which are still living in the dense section of different island.
Highlights: Jarawa chest guards that have geometrical figures embalmed on them are one of the most attractive items in the museum. It depicts the lifestyle of the simple Jarawa tribes. The gothic lifestyle followed by the Sentenelese tribes is portrayed by keeping a skull recovered from the place they lived. Another important item is the different types of boats with different sizes that explain the life of coastal people and natives.
Handicraft items made of coconut or palm leaves showcase the artistic culture prevailed among the tribal groups in the forests. Some clothing materials and apparels preserved in the museum tell us that there was no gender bias among the tribal people as both men and women were using the same type of dresses. The huge library inside the museum throws light upon the unknown facts and knowledge of tribes, the old natives and their life styles, the cultural transitions and livelihood followed by almost all the people on the island. A collection of weapons and armors used in the ancient time depicts how important and fearful the maritime attacks and insurgence happened during the time and the way the tribes prepared to face them.
Timing: The museum is opened on all days from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 01:30 pm to 04:30 pm.
Entry fee: Entry fee is INR 10 and for camera the fee is INR 20.
Location: It is located at Pheonix Bay, which would need a drive of 7 kms or for 8 minutes from Port Blair.