The FRIENDS OF MUSEUM SOCIETY is an organisation formed under the auspices of the Corporation Museum (also popularly known as Visakha Museum)  to encourage the involvement of the public in the Museum and its activities.

The overall objective is to promote the utilisation and growth of the Museum. The Society will have the Mayor of the City as its patron and will elect its own Executive body.

When you become a member of the Society, you will join a circle of other Museum lovers interested in the study and preservation of the history and culture of our city and the region. You will be entitled to special privileges such as

  • an opportunity to closely examine, under supervision, the Museum's exhibits and reserve collections
  • access to its library of old & rare books, literature on other Museums and its collection of picture postcards
  • participation in expeditions on history and environment that will be organised by the Museum

We also invite you to take part in

  • augmenting the Museum's collection
  • restoring & preserving museum objects
  • maintaining, operating & adding to the Museum's library
  • suggesting Museum events and helping in organising them

Finally, you can

  • act as a guide to visitors, on specified days
  • help build a Corpus Fund for the Museum

Activities planned for the future, in which members may help the committee include :

  • Publishing the museum catalogue & descriptive brochures on categories of collections.
  • Organising tours for visitors to historic sites, buildings and monuments in the city
  • Setting up an audio-visual library covering the cultural heritage of Andhra Pradesh
  • Establishing and running the Museum Souvenir shop and a Museum Cafetaria.

Membership categories and subscriptions are :

Individual Life Membership (IL)
Long-time Resident Family (FM) - (one nominee)
Business Houses (BH) - (one nominee)
} Rs.500/- one-time payment
University / College students (U / CS) Rs.100/- per year
School students (SS) Rs. 10/- per year

You may send us your ideas about the Museum activities and suggestions to make the Museum better.

For more details, you may contact

  • Prof. E.V. Gangadharam, Hon. Curator
    Ph(Res) : 530527 (before 8.00 a.m. & after 8.00 p.m.) and at the Museum on Tues, Thurs or Sat between 5.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. (by appointment) Ph (Museum) : 550316
  • Mr. S. Prabhu Das, Superintendent-in-charge, Museum
  • Mr. B. Mahadeva Sastri, Coordinator, Friends of Museum Society Ph(R) : 576040
  • Mr. Kiran Keswani, Member, Museum Committee Ph(R) 533567