The idea of Geological Museum was initiated by the then Collector of Balaghat, Shri N. Baijendra Kumar. He thought that since Balaghat is a mining area a Geological Museum will be beneficial for the citizens and students. It will inculcate interest in them and they will also get expert opinion.
A hall in the newly built building of Archeological Museum was allotted for the Geological Museum. Dr. Santosh Saksena, Rtd. Professor of Geology was given the responsibility of establishing the museum. He requested his counterparts in various Universities and Colleges to send samples of rocks, minerals and fossils for the museum. The response was astounding. Very good samples of plant and animal fossils were sent by Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow. Other samples were received from different Institutions. All the material has been exhibited in showcases, with their identity and location.
Recently, after intensive study and research, Life History, from origin of Earth to evolution of Man has been prepared and exhibited on 8 panels. This is probably the only Geological Museum in India which is open to general public.
Contact person- Dr. Santosh Saksena, Secretary, Geological Association and Research Cente and Curator of Geological Museum.
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