The Anthropological Museum is a must-see for everyone interested in learning about the lives and times of the island people.
Six native tribes live on the islands: four Negroid tribes (Onges, Sentinelese, Jarawas, and Andamanese) and two Mongloid tribes (Shompens and Nicobarese). Even today, these tribes have minimal interaction with the outside world, and visitors are not permitted within tribal regions unless they have special permission, making this Museum one of the rare opportunities to learn about tribal life on the island.
It was founded in 1975 and is situated near the Bengali Club in Phoenix Bay. Various handicrafts, tools, arts and crafts, equipment, pictures, and clothes from the age of importance of these aboriginal tribes are on show at the museum. It goes on to show clay and hay models to further illustrate their homes, utensils, decorations, and equipment.
A one-hour tour of the museum is recommended. It wouldn't be complete without a visit to the adjacent souvenir store, which has a number of fascinating books for sale, including a very informative and recommended government publication about indigenous tribes at reasonable prices. Depending on your interests, you may priorities and consider making this quick and instructive visit if you aren't an anthropology fanatic.
What is the best way to go to the Anthropological Museum?
The Anthropology Museum is located in Port Blair's downtown area (3km from the airport and 1.5km from Phoenix bay jetty).
Many people stop here on their route to other sights since it is immediately next to the Tourism Office (Dept. of IP&T), near to the Aberdeen Bazaar and Sagarika Emporium. Within the city, the finest modes of transportation are automobiles, tourist taxis, or leased two-wheelers. They have a huge parking lot, making waiting or parking easy.