Sher-e-Bangla Memorial Museum
The Sher-e-Bangla Memorial Museum has been set up on a 28-acre site in the home of Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque in Chakhar union of Banaripara upazila, 24 km away from Barisal district. To the locals, this museum is known as the Archaeological Museum of Taste. Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque, the Chief Minister of undivided Bengal and an unforgettable leader, came to Barisal in 1901 after the death of his father to pursue law in the Calcutta High Court. In addition to the law business, he looked after the zamindari of Chakhar. The museum was set up in 1983 under the Department of Culture to present the history and memory of Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq to the new generation.
The five-room Sher-e-Bangla Memorial Museum has three exhibition rooms, an office room, a restroom and a library. On the left side of the museum there is a huge portrait of Sher-e-Bangla and next to it there is a brief history of life work, social, political and family pictures and various features and pictures of Sher-e-Bangla Fazlul Huq published in newspapers. The Sher-e-Bangla Memorial Museum also has rare photographs, used furniture, letters, crocodile mummy hunted in the Sundarbans, octagonal Marichi Devi statues, black stone Shivlings, bronze Buddhist statues, gold coins, small stone Shiva linga statues, silver coins, silver coins Copper coins and various archeological specimens. The museum, which is currently under the Department of Archeology, attracts a large number of visitors every day.
Museum entrance fee and schedule
The Sher-e-Bangla Memorial Museum is open from 10 am to 6 pm in summer and from 9 am to 5 pm in winter. It is closed from 1 pm to 1.30 pm every day. The museum is open weekly on Sundays and the museum is open half-day on Fridays and Mondays. Besides, Sher-e-Bangla Memorial Museum is closed on various private holidays.
Entrance tickets to Sher-e-Bangla Memorial Museum cost 10 rupees per person and 5 rupees for children. And children under 5 have free access. In addition, the entrance fee for visitors from SAARC countries is 25 rupees and for other foreign visitors the entrance fee is 100 rupees per person.
How to get there
Barisal can be reached by road, waterway and air from Dhaka. From Gabtali and Sayedabad in Dhaka, Sakura, Hanif, Survi and BRTC buses can reach Barisal via Mawa or Aricha. Barisal can be reached by boat from Sadarghat in Dhaka to Manami, Adventure, Sundarbans, Survi, Parabat, Kirtankhola and Green Line. Besides, Hazrat Shah Jalal will be able to fly to Barisal by domestic airlines from the international airport. Arrive at Chakhar village by local bus in Barisal city and visit Sher-e-Bangla Memorial Museum. Or you can go with CNG reserve.
Where to stay
Among the residential hotels in Barisal, Grand Plaza, Richmart Guest House, Arena, Sedona, Athena, Rodela are notable. There are also a number of low budget hotels in the vicinity of Port Road and Sadar Road.
Where to eat
You will be able to eat local food in a standard hotel in Chakhar. Besides, there are various Chinese, Bengali and fast food restaurants in Barisal. Malida and Gournadi Dadhi are the famous popular dishes of Barisal. Hotel morning and evening luchi vegetables and spices are everyone’s favorite.
Other places of interest in Barisal district
Other places of interest in Barisal include Sapla Village Satla, Durga Sagar Dighi, Gutia Mosque, Shankar Math, Bibi Pukur, Miyabari Jame Mosque, Oxford Mission, Lakutia Zamindar Bari, Floating Guava Garden.