Architect for the two new museums that have been planned in the port city of Visakhapatnam has been finalised. Two museums, namely, Sea Harrier Museum and the Natural History Park and Museum will be designed by Architect G Srinivas Murthy.
It may be recalled here that last year VUDA and the state tourism department had decided to build a new museum in the city for which the state government had set aside Rs 20 crore. Visakhapatnam already has one museum – TU 142 Aircraft Museum or Aircraft Museum to a preserve Tupolev Tu-142 located in Visakhapatnam built at an estimated cost of Rs 14 crore.
Natural History Park and Museum was first proposed in 2016 and is a first of its king theme park in the country which will have flora and fauna of Himalayas and Eastern and Western Ghats.
Sea Harrier Museum would be accommodated at the existing Rajiv Smrithi Bhavan by building an additional structure. Natural History Park and Museum will be built at Bavikonda Valley and will have a research centre, a stargazing point, a planetarium and oceanography park, a science centre and an alternative energy centre. These museums will be built as interactive eco systems involving the visitors and not just as store houses and they will act as embracive piece of architecture.
Murthy’s architectural design studio SMG Design Inc., is based out of Hyderabad and the firm has undertaken many prestigious projects in the field of Medical and Health Care, Museums Design, Tourism, Corporate and IT infrastructure, Master Planning of large townships and Academic Campuses. He recently won the master plan design competition for Central University of Kerala.