Mussoorie Heritage Centre

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Tags : Historical Site

Timings : 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Time Required : 1 - 2 hours

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

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Mussoorie Heritage Centre, Mussoorie Overview

Located at a distance of 3 kms from the Library Bus stand in the main market, the Mussoorie Heritage Centre is a social enterprise showcasing the rich culture and heritage of the hilltown of Mussoorie. Established in November 2013, the Mussoorie Heritage Centre basically displays the archives of the historical heritage of Mussoorie back from 1814 when the National Survey compiled the first map of the region; to 1959, when the 14th Dalai Lama took refuge here in Mussoorie. Seeing these cultural curations will help the people understand how Mussoorie is shaped and what its leagacy has been.

The father-daughter duo -  Mr Vinod Kumar and Ms Surbhi Agarwal - took the humongous initiative with the objective to preserve and showcase the rich cultural heritage of the tinsel town and the adjoining areas. In addition to the numerous exhibits, paintings, artefacts and historic evidence records, the Mussoorie Heritage Centre conducts regular research programmes, curated walks, city tours; to give an elaborate perception on what actual Mussoorie was before commercialization took over. With the idea to spread awareness about the traditions, customs and culture of ancient Mussoorie, the owners indulge and partake in several induction programmes and awareness talks in collaboration with NGOs, Women Development Groups and also in local schools.

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Exhibitions at the Mussoorie Heritage Centre

The Centre has two kinds of exhibition- Exhibition 1 is the permanent display and representation of ancient pictures, factual paintings, murals and antiques, which define the look and feel of the cultural centre. With a general idea of the evolution of Mussoorie from 1814 to 1949, this exhibition targets to reinstitute the legacy of the hill town.

However, Exhibition 2 is an annual affair with varying topics of interest every year, which runs for a year at a stretch. This refashioning helps in maintaining the flavour and in keeping the visitors engrossed and interested at the same time. The topics covered include early modes of transport in the hilly terrain, commercialisation and growth of the tourism industry etc.

Antique Shop

Mussoorie Heritage Centre also aims to revive the glory of Mussoorie’s rich past and focuses on educating people about the indigenous crafts by displaying the handicraft work of local craftsmen which includes local souvenirs, old jewellery, sculptures, wicker baskets etc. Mr Vinod Kumar owns an antique store just adjacent to the centre for the last 60 years, since 1928. The shop is the best place to look for high-quality souvenirs including framed photographs of Mussoorie, wicker baskets, take away mugs etc. Most products are sourced from self-help groups or are hand-crafted products by local tribals. The antique shop is an added treasure-house of ancient crockery, old jewellery and sculptures to take back.

How To Reach Mussoorie Heritage Centre

Mussoorie Heritage Centre is located in the Landour Clock Tower market, which is merely 2.5 kms away from Library Chawk. You can either opt to hire local rickshaws to reach the centre if you are close. If you are farther away, you can also hire auto rickshaws. If not, there is the facility of private taxi cabs available, right from your place of stay to the destination.

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