Sanskar Kendra : Museum
This museum is aimed to celebrate the living heritage of the city and the pioneering spirit of its people. The Sanskar Kendra was designed by none other than the renowned architect Le Corbusier himself in 1954 as a cultural center of Ahmedabad. Located near the Sardar bridge in the vicinity of the famous Tagore Hall, across the National Institute of Design, it is a discerning example of modernist architecture. If you are an architecture student than you are in for a visual treat in this city.
In order to preserve its architecture, and nurture a space of culture and community, the Vastu Shilpa Foundation has made efforts to revitalize and restore this space by starting at City Museum. As Vastu Shilpa states, "To capture these nuances of the city of Ahmedabad, the museum is consciously conceived as a linear journey through overlapping and interconnected facets of city life ranging from art to industry, craft to culture, history of architecture, individual to the institution."
Also on display here are old relics, sculptures and the history of this city, informed by photographic, illustrated and textual panels. Sanskar Kendra also houses the famous Kite Museum designed by Bhanu Shah, who has created a fascinating and striking collection of kites with a rare devotion since he was 21 years of age. This collection that gradually grew in the range and repertoire is today showcased in the museum accompanied with interesting illustrations and photographs. The museum needs some revision to connect with changing times, but it can still be worth a visit to a kite enthusiast
Foundation block of Ellis Bridge was moved to Sanskar Kendra. It reads:
"The Ellis Bridge - So named by Government after Sir Barrow Helbert Ellis : K.G.S.I. was built in 1869 and 1870. At a cost of Rs:549,210 destroyed by the great flood of 22nd September 1875 and rebuilt in 1890 and 1895 by Government, Local Bodies and Private Subscribers. At a further cost of Rs. 407564. This the First Stone of the new bridge was laid by His Excellency Donald James eleventh Lord Reay C.C.I.E.LL.D. Governor of Bombay December 19th, 1889."