India launches 'world's biggest museum' this week

9th Jan 2014

Cultural sites don't come more thick and fast than in India, but from this week they are set to delight tourists from the moment visitors set foot in the country.

But tourists will need an air ticket to view the country's newest attraction - Jaye He, which experts believe could become the world's most visited museum.

That's because India is opening its biggest museum devoted to its arts, crafts and heritage at Mumbai Airport's T2 building, according to the Times of India.

People on city breaks to Mumbai will be able to enjoy a facility hosting 7,000 artefacts, 3km-long (1.8 miles) art wall and works by more than 1,500 artists when it launches on Friday (January 10).

The terminal is likely to welcome around 40 million passengers a year - much more than the 9 million who visit the Louvre in Paris.

The scale of the new museum is mind-boggling.

It will include an installation of terracotta horses, totems and other historic discoveries in T2's departure space spanning an area of 80,000 sq ft.

An exhibition of commissioned works by notable Indian artists can be viewed along an 18m high and 1.2km-long wall in the arrivals corridor.

An art consultant told the Times of India: "Many of the works incorporate kinetic elements and interactive technologies which make for an interesting viewing experience, especially for those on the travelators (moving walkways)."

Bollywood's influence on the city can be seen in a mobile art work that includes a magic box.

Or you may prefer emerging artist Akshay Rajpurkar's massive Google map of India, distinctly pixellated in appearance, comprised of computer chips, e-waste and blue buttons.

But tourists' Mumbai adventure will just be starting. Once out of the airport, holidaymakers can enjoy the Gateway of India, the city's most easily recognised monument, Haji Ali's mosque and tomb, a Bollywood tour in Film City, or its myriad markets and bazaars.

Copyright Press Association 2014

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