Andaman and Nicobar

Zonal Anthropological Museum

Zonal Anthropological Museum of the Anthropological Survey of India is also located in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in addition to multiple regions within the territory of the country. Established in the year 1975, the museum is located at the Phoenix Bay, in the heart ofPort Blair in South Andaman Islands. One of the prominent attractions for tourists and visitors of the islands, the Zonal Anthropological Museum caters a vivid and informative display on the lifestyle and culture of the tribes who has inhabited the islands.

This information encompasses history, social organisation, architecture, economic pursuits, means of transport, art and craft of the people of these islands. The population of these islands includes the inhabitants of pre-colonial period as well as the successive immigrants of the pre and post independence years.

Attracting thousands of visitors every month, the Zonal Anthropological Museum in the islands has a rich collection of artefacts of the Negroid tribes – the earliest inhabitants of the Andaman Islands, along with those of two Mongoloid tribes of the Nicobar Islands. The museum has a huge collection of rare articles, handicrafts, tools, art and craft, implements, photographs, etc., which describe the life during the tribal eras. There are some articles which throw light on the cultural beliefs and traditions of the tribe.