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CU Museum Establishment History :

Though the Chittagong University Museum was officially opened on 14 June 1973, its founding process actually begun on 26th November 1966, also the day CU started its journey. The idea of a museum unconsciously generated from an exhibition where some 24 objects of antiquity where were displayed marking the university’s inauguration function on that very day. Mr. Mumtaz Hasan, president of the Museum Association of Pakistan and the then Managing Director of the National Bank of Pakistan, donated those items to the university during the programme. A famous historian and antiquarian Prof Azizur Rahaman Mallick (1918-97), the first Vice Chancellor (VC) of CU, conceived the idea and actively initiated the collections along with eminent historian and supernumerary professor Dr Abdul Karim, also a former CU VC and head of its history department. It is learnt that Prof Mallik was behind the bringing of Varendra Research Museum under the Rajshahi University in 1964. He was also the honorary curator of the Varendra Research Museum. The other objects were collected through a joint field survey conducted by the teachers and students of the Department of History at CU. Dr. Shamsul Hossain, one of the students of the maiden batch of the department and also the first curatorial founding staff of the Chittagong University Museum, was a member of the survey team led by Prof Dr Abdul Karim.
In the beginning the Chittagong University Museum started its operation at a small room on the first floor of the Arts Faculty building with the 30 pieces of antiquities from the department of history. Thereafter, it was housed in two rooms on the ground floor of the same building. Later the museum was shifted to Kala Bhaban (present Zilla Shilpakala Academy building) on Mohammed Ali road in Chittagong. Before final settlement at the present place, it was relocated on the 3rd floor of the AR Mallick Bhaban (the then central library building) on CU campus in 1988.  The long cherished dream came true through re-shifting of the museum collections and exhibits at a permanent place (the present site) on CU campus in 1992.

The museum reached the feat finally in course of time. Duly, those who contributed with their priceless efforts in various ways to help the age-old museum gain the current shape can never be forgotten. They are --- Mr. Nurul Quader Khan, Ex-Addl. Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi, Mr. Muhiuddin Hossain of Mirsari, Chittagong. Mr. A.Z.M. Obaidullah Khan, the then Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong, Professor M Aziz Khan, Professor Abul Fazal, Professor Anisuzzaman, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Professor A.M. Serajuddin, Professor Mokaddesur Rahman, Professor M.A.Khan, Professor M.A.Ghafur, Professor Murtaja Baseer, Professor R.I. Chowdhury, Dr. Nazimuddin Ahmed, Professor Rashid Chowdhury, Dr. Harun-ur-Rashid, Dr, Abdus Sayed, Professor Abdul Mannan, Dr. Ranjit Sarma, Dr. Buiyan Ikbal, Dr. Emran Hossain, Professor Masud Mahmud, Professor Abul Monsoor, Professor Jamal Nazrul Islam and Professor Moinul Islam. The museum now is engaged with many national and international organisations and platforms that donate objects of antiquity, financial assistance and other supports. Bangladesh National Museum, Directorate of Archeology, Varendra Research Museum, British Museum, Fort foundation, The Daily Star and Heritage Chattigrama are some of organisations, to which we express our profound gratitude, never-ending respect and heartfelt thank gratitude.

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There are five indivisual galleries showcasing museum objects in different theme.

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Dr. Emran Hossain, Director of Chittagong University Museum discussing on ancient coin with renowned Canadian Scholar Dr. John Deyall while he visited CU Museum in 2014.

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Contact

  • Chittagong University Museum Chittagong University Campus, University of Chittagong, Hathazari, Chittagong - 4331, Bangladesh.
  • Phone : +88(031) 726311-14, PABX Extn. - 4370,
  • Fax : +88(031)2606014,
  • Email : massage@cum.org.bd

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