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Mumbai airport terminal to house India's largest art museum

Mumbai airport terminal to house India's largest art museum
6 Jan 2014

India is to open its largest museum dedicated to the country's arts, crafts and heritage, but this is one attraction you'll need a plane ticket to visit. 

That is because the 7,000 artifacts, 3km-long art wall and works by more than 1,500 artists are to be housed in Mumbai Airport's T2 building, the Times of India reports. 

When it opens on 10 January, the 'Jaye He' museum is likely to become the world's most visited, with the terminal expected to handle some 40m passengers a year - far more than the 9m who attend the Louvre in Paris. 

The scale of the project is staggering, with an installation of terracotta horses, totems and other historic finds in T2's departure area covering an area of 80,000 sq ft. Along an 18m high and 1.2km-long wall in the arrivals corridor will be a display of commissioned works by noted Indian artists. 

'Many of the works incorporate kinetic elements and interactive technologies which make for an interesting viewing experience, especially for those on the travelators,' an art consultant told the news provider. 

Although a project on this scale has not been seen before, Mumbai Airport isn't the only place where passengers can get a culture fix: 

Amsterdam Schiphol

Amsterdam's AirportCity features a unique collection of 60 works of modern art from both big-name and less well-known Dutch and international artists. 

These include 'Metamorphosis' by Escher, which is temporarily on display in Departure Lounge 4. 

Schiphol has a long history of art dating back to the 60s. One of its most famous sculptures is Kees Franse's 'Apple' installed in 1975. 

Paris Charles de Gaulle 

At Paris's main airport, travellers can explore the Espace Musees, which is situated at gate M in Terminal 2E. 

Admission is free to passengers, who can enjoy works by some of the most famous artists in history on loan from one of the French capital's museums. 

It's well worth arriving two hours before take-off at these arty airports.ADNFCR-408-ID-801678976-ADNFCR

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