A Visit to the Kelkar Museum

During my first year of teaching at St. Francis High School in Pune, I started to raise funds for my classroom to help facilitate activities and field trips for my children. One of the first field trips that we (Anusha and I) took our children on was a visit to the Kelkar Museum. It contains the collection of Dr. Kelkar, who dedicated it to the memory of his son, Raja. The three-storey museum houses various sculptures dating back to the 14th century and ornaments made of ivory, silver and gold, musical instruments and war weapons.

We set off after school on February 22nd, 2014 along with some of the 5th standard students and their class teacher, Ms. Pramita Mukerjee (also a Teach For India fellow in her second year of the fellowship). A few volunteers known to Pramita joined us to ensure we had enough adults to monitor the children while we were navigating the different floors of the museum.

As this was my first field trip with the kids, the 45 minute bus ride from school to the museum was filled with fun and laughter too!

Anusha and I gave our fourth standard children observation sheets in which to note down descriptions and other features (such as time, materials etc.) of 3-4 exhibits that caught their eye. Our kids clamped these sheets to their examination pads as they moved around the museum.

As the children seemed to enjoy the visit, Anusha and I proposed an idea to the class - working in groups of 7-8 students, each group could build a model of their favourite exhibit. Our students liked the idea and you can read more about that in this post!


A model of the snakes and ladders board that they had seen in the museum.

A model of a musical instrument.