Tagbin took a unique approach to imagining and conceptualizing the entire space. To begin with, the story of the museum went through several rounds of discussion to decide on various points such as what the museum will show, how the galleries of prime ministers should be structured, what should be the space that each prime minister, the most important events involved in each prime minister’s tenure and the general message to be conveyed to the visitor through the museum.
When a visitor starts his/her journey, the first wow element is the floating Ashoka decal. This is a combination of technology and art where the decal floats in the air through a magnetic field.
As the visitor moves forward, he can see a waving flag above. This is a kinetic flag made of 1200 synchronized lights. The time machine exhibit allows visitors to travel back in time through India’s nuclear journey.
The Prime Ministers’ galleries are roughly divided into five to six themes starting with their early life, political journey, making a prime minister, major works under their premiership, challenges they faced, their retirement and finally the later stage and downfall.
Tagbin CEO said: “We thought about how to make the Prime Minister’s galleries consistent without making it subjective. This was done by striking the right balance in the content and designing the spaces based on the performance and the contributions that each prime minister has delivered to the nation and not just by their tenure. All of these were defined in the first briefing which included multiple brainstorming sessions.”
The museum offers an engagement zone with various experience activities and take-homes. This is the most interesting area of the museum and attracts the maximum attention of the public.
The exhibition ‘From the ramparts of the Red Fort’ allows visitors to feel, see and listen to the historical speeches of all Prime Ministers in the Red Fort live.
As the visitor walks on the journey while absorbing information, one can see breakout areas to rest at regular intervals. Built over a square meter of a lakh, the museum tells the story of 75 years of India, with two blocks, 43 galleries and a volume of over eight hours.
The technology used in the museum is one of the best tools to get the stories across as they provide an out-of-the-box experience to what museums generally offer. Just like the takeaways.
The new age technologies have been used in the engagement zone called ‘Anubhuti’ – a zone where the visitor learns by performing a task. The visitors become the center of the museum where everything revolves around them and they participate, play and learn.
For example – Anubhuti consists of exhibits such as “Walk with PM” and “Selfie with PM”. Visitors can take home a photo of their favorite Prime Minister or a recorded video of them walking with their favorite Prime Minister.
The unique blend of technology to present historical stories here is an escape from conventional museum displays. The logo of the Sangrahalaya signifies the rising hands of the people of India who hold the dharma chakra is also highly valued as a design concept. The floating national emblem at the reception has become particularly popular.
The museum crosses borders and welcomes everyone. Tagbin has developed a multilingual audio guide system that allows visitors to choose from 21 Indian and six international languages. Delivered at the beginning of the visitor journey, this system automatically syncs the audio to the exhibits as you travel, enriching the visitor experience along the way.
Lal Bahadur Shastri’s gallery has personal objects such as the charkha, with a story of how he refused everything else, but kept this as part of his dowry. The gallery on Prime Minister Indira Gandhi consists of a letter from a young girl who wants to know how she can become Prime Minister in the future, which shows a handwritten reply from Gandhi for visitors to read.
Visitors can gain knowledge and experience some of the most historical events of former prime ministers such as: the PCO evolution from the time of Rajiv Gandhi, the Bharat Yatra, in the era of Chandra Shekhar, or the important operation Vijay from Atal’s tenure Bihari Vajpayee.
Some of the most important displays of prime ministers’ personal items include Lal Bahadur Shastri’s passbook, Charan Singh’s prison diary, Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s wristwatch, and Morarji Desai’s personal copy of Bhagavad Gita† All items on display have been approved by the families of the former Prime Ministers who were contacted for information and artifacts, as the initiative represents a moment of pride and happiness for the families.