New Delhi: Union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma Tuesday laid the foundation stone of a site museum - whose purpose is to provide better understanding of Mughal architecture - at the Humayun's Tomb complex here.
The foundation stone was laid in the presence of the Prince Karim Aga Khan, chairman, Aga Khan Development Network.
"This is a classical example of synergy between the government and a non-profit organisation in preserving the heritage of the country and taking it to the world," said Sharma.
"This museum will be a recognition of cultural heritage of the country and help promote tourism," he added.
As part of its urban renewal initiative, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) is building the museum on behalf of the Archaeological Survey of India.
AKTC has undertaken conservation works on over 50 monuments in Delhi, including the restoration of Humayun's Tomb.
The ministry of tourism has pledged Rs.49 crore towards the construction cost of the museum, which will include a permanent exhibit, galleries for temporary exhibits, an auditorium for film screenings, a souvenir shop and a cafe.
Live demonstrations of building crafts such as stonework and plaster work, as well as other prominent Mughal crafts will be a permanent activity.