Standing proudly as the second oldest museum in India, the Government Museum in Chennai is a structure of importance in the whole state of Tamil Nadu and one of the top sights for tourists. Displaying a wide range of artifacts from the prehistoric era with galleries such as bronze, art, contemporary, and Amravati gallery. With exhibits from over 100 years old, the Government Museum is visited by a plethora of travelers from all over the nation.
Timings: 9:30 am to 5 pm (Friday closed)
Location: Beside Government Maternity Hospital, Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Fees: Rs.15 for adults, Rs.10 for children, Rs.250 for foreigner adult, Rs.125 for foreign children
One of the popular and significant tourist spots in the city, the Government Museum in Chennai was established in 1854 and is located in Egmore. The Government Museum stands tall as the second oldest museum in India after the iconic India Museum of Kolkata, which is one of the chief museums in South Asia. This magnificent edifice has great importance and charms its way into the hearts of every visitor. The popular exhibits on the museum are Amravati figures, Thanjavur armory, copper plates, South Indian bronzes, stone graved inscriptions, artifacts from the Megaliths of Adichanallur, the Dowleshwaram reserve of gold coins of Raja Raja I, and Kulothunga I.
Apart from these historic artifacts, the museum also houses some items that were discovered on the Mangalore seashore such as the Bruce Foote Collection of prehistoric stone equipment, and many other artifacts from Arikamedu, the gigantic skeleton of a whale, and the crystal repositories from the Bhattiprolu Stupa adorn the galleries of the museum. The campus comprises six buildings and 46 galleries that entail a wide range of artifacts, palm-leaf manuscripts, and other items that come under Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Botany, Zoology, Numismatics, Art, and Children’s Museum. The museum attracts a hoard of visitors with its splendid assortment of archaeological and numismatic items along with many Roman antiquities, some of which are more than 100 years old.
The galleries in the museum are as follows:
The museum also has a stunning-looking Italian architectural style Theatre building that was built by the Britishers in the late 19th century. The main hall of the theatre is huge with a seating capacity of 600 people with a large stage that was used for theatrical performances during the British period. At present, the theatre is used for artistic and academic programs such as workshops, dance performances, and seminars. Not only this, but the museum also entices children because of its particular segment for children as the Children’s Museum which has three galleries namely, the Civilization Gallery, Kids Corner, and the Transportation Gallery.