The primary focus of LWM is to educate new generation with history of independence so that they can feel proud of their motherland and get imbued with spirit of patriotism and liberal democratic ideas. They are also encouraged through these programmes to build a tolerant society and learn about basic human rights.
1. Outreach Programme
- School students are bused to the museum in batches and visit the galleries
- They watch a video film on the Liberation War and the reasons behind the struggle
- They take part in a quiz programme based on what they saw
- They are requested to interview members of their family who were involved in the war and and write a few pages on their experiences during the war.
Start : 1997; Number of Schools covered until 2009 : 449and number of students: 114,259 until Dec 2009
2. Freedom Festival
Outreach participants meet annually at a gala Freedom Festival addressed by government functionaries, public leaders and cultural personalities.
Start : 2001; Estimated participants in the 2009 festival: 12,000
3. Mobile Museum
A big bus mounted with 360 photographs and objects acting as a mini-museum travels to the different parts of the country.
Start : 2001; Site of display : 27 districts visited; Visitors : 320,812 (Dec. 2009)
4. Project "Human Rights and Peace Education in the Light of History of Liberation War"
To combat the growing intolerance and human rights abuses in the society today, the Liberation War Museum in July 2004 had launched the above project focusing on the younger generation who did not experience the pain and heroism of the 1971 Liberation War. Through this programme they are taught that that tolerance has been an intrinsic Bengali trait for centuries and in the globalised world today one of the most important needs of the society is to respect to the otherness of the other person. They are also given an idea of the 30 Universal Rights that have been guaranteed to mankind under the UN Charter. Relevant examples are drawn from incidents of the Liberation War to illustrate these two issues.
- The Mobile Museum travels to schools in remote locations of the country and the students are shown the exhibits in the mobile museum.
- A film in shown on struggle for independence.
- A separate exhibition on "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" and "If world had been one village (outlining the pluralistic world that the students will encounter when they step into their world).
- Focused group meetings with students and networking with teachers.
- Oral history project where students above grade VII are encouraged to interview elders in the family to recount events and heroism during the liberation War.
- These interviews are kept in museum archives and also posted in the website (www.liberationwarmuseuminfo.org) The revealing stories are printed in wall magazine hung in schools.
Start : July 2004, Number of schools covered in Dhaka and the rest of the country 939 and number of students 435,071
5. Theme Based Exhibitions
The Museum holds regular special exhibitions on different aspects of the Liberation War. They include:
- International support during liberation war : March 2003.
- Role of cultural activists during liberation war : December 2003.
- Victory as I witnessed - Photograph exhibition by Japanese journalist Mr Naoaki Usui : December 2003.
- SA Jalal Collection Exhibition: November 2004
- Role of women in the Liberation War, December 2005
Liberation War Museum holds regular programmes on different aspects of liberation war
Museum runs a kiosk with souvenirs and books, which are on sale. The Liberation War Museum has a collection of most books published on the Liberation War.
Liberation War Museum has a developed research centre where researchers can access documents, materials and books relating to Liberation War.