Dhaka was the capital of Subah Bangla till 1716. From 1717 Dhaka started being ruled by Naib Nazims or Deputy Nababs and their administration was in force up to 1843.In the museum you will enjoy watching the past history, heritage, cultural, architectural and archaeological remains of Dhaka along with facts and photographs through digital presentation. All these things happened before the rule of the Naib Nazims and afterwards i,e, from 1700 to 1900.
Gallery 1: Foundation of the Asiatic Society
The Asiatic Society of Bangladesh came into being on 3 January in 1952. On 3 September1952 a meeting was held in the residence of the then Education Minister 0f the government of East Bengal Mr. Abdul Hamid and it was resolved to found the Asiatic Society of Pakistan which is now the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. Some worth-mentioning photographs including the photo of the founder and first President of the Asiatic Society Dr. Ahmad Hasan Dani, other facts and figures, details of the background of the history of the birth of the Asiatic Society have been introduced in this gallery.
Gallery 2: Preservation of Deuri Bhaban & its Recovery
The story of the gate-house, Deuri conservation, preservation and recovery have been serially displayed. Photographs of the Nimtali Palace and Deuri of the years-1863, 1874 and 1950 and the photos of renovation have been presented here.
Gallery 3: Historical background of the Naib Nazims of Suba Bangla
The capital of Bangla, Bihar and Orissa of the Moghul empire was established in Dhaka in 1610 (according to another view 1608). But in 1639 when Governor Shah Suza shifted the capital, Jahangirnagar or Dhaka lost its status for the time being. However later on Dhaka regained its status as Moghul capital and the rule of Nababs and the state of its being capital were in force till the year 1716. In 1717 the capital was shifted permanently from Dhaka to Murshidabad. The administrative works of Naib Nazims started in Dhaka during the rule of Murshid Kuli Khan in 1717 and continued up to the year 1843.
This gallery holds the historical background of introducing the system of Naib Nazim. There is a short account of the activities of 16 Naib Nazims and their representatives. There is also a description of worth-mentioning establishments and photographs of that period.
Gallery 4: History of Naib Nazims (1717-1843)
The history of the rule of Naib Nazims of Suba Bangla was basically the last period of the Moghul administration from 1707 to 1857. In 1717 the Nabab of Suba Bangla Murshid Kuli Khan first appointed Khan Muhammad Ali Khan as the Naib Nazim. After that gradually 16 Naib Nazims were employed up to 1843. The last Naib Nazim was Gazi Uddin Haider.
In this gallery there is a list of Naib Nazims along with their available photographs arranged chronologically. In addition, there is an account of worth-mentioning events, facts and information about the East India Company Representative Captain Archibald Swington’s arrival in Dhaka and the construction of Nimtali Palace.
Gallery 5: Dhaka’s life and works of art (1700-1900)
Though Dhaka lost its status as capital, still the glorious history of Dhaka was not lost. Dhaka made an outstanding contribution to the history of Moghul India in the sphere of finance and trade. During this period there were banks owned by the Armenians and Marwaris. The factories of the Armenians, Ditches, French and the English were established in this Dhaka. The Naib Nazims used muslin of Dhaka. With the facts of life and works of art of that Dhaka this gallery has been decorated.
Diorama: Court of Naib Nazim Nusrat Jung
The attractive display of this museum is the diorama or three-dimensional presentation of the court of Nabab Nusrat Jang (1785-1822). Here Nabab Nustat Jang is sitting with a guard standing beside him with sword in his hand and behind one standing with a hand fan. Nabab is holding a Hukka with a pipe Besides these, there are 4 monitors, 4 tabs and two touch screens (kiosk) with which the history and heritage of 200 years of Dhaka has been presented.