With numerous amounts of museums in the second largest city of Tamil Nadu, the Government Museum in Coimbatore is a stockroom of knowledge, history, art, and craftmanship that attracts the history buffs into its rabbit hole. Make a visit to this museum with an impressive collection of artifacts, but don’t go with the small size of the building as the museum has a lot in store for you than you might imagine.
Timing: 9:30am to 5pm (Friday, Second Saturday closed)
Location: 24, Park Gate Road, VOC Park, ATT Colony, Gopalapuram, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu .
Entry Fees: Rs.15 for Adults, Rs.10 for Children, Rs.250 for Foreigners, Rs.125 for Foreign Children .
Among many beautiful, popular, and grand tourist spots in Coimbatore, a small Government Museum with a treasure trove of ancient artifacts along with an exquisite collection of antiques will make you wonder about the ancient period and the lifestyle of the people living in that era. Founded in 1990, the Government Museum is a multipurpose storehouse of items of art, anthropology, archaeology, numismatics, botany, zoology, and geology. With an assortment of old coins from several countries, items created using wood and bamboo used by the tribal people, zoological specimens, and numerous items of use made by the ancient people of the Coimbatore region during the olden times, the Government Museum has a plethora of fascinating exhibits that will make your visit worth every minute.
The museum is separated into five different sections that house an array of artifacts such as Mesolithic stone tools, calcimined bone remains of ancient animals and humans, wood carvings of the 18th century, bronze icons, stone sculptures, stone slabs that have inscriptions on them, and tribal artifacts. Apart from this, a distinct segment for old rocks, wood fossils, and minerals along with plants used by tribal people for medicinal purposes is also preserved here. The museum also contains a section where it is shown how the characters in the Tamil language progressed over the centuries.
Other highlights of the museum include a stone sculpture of ‘Madurai Veeran’ placed among other sculptures which were made during the 19th Century, palm leaf manuscripts used for noting important events, a large earthen pot used 2000 years ago by people to bury the belongings of the dead, a huge stone carved dinosaur, etc. For readers, several books were written and published by the museum staff on several topics such as - Various instruments used over the years, botanical plant species, etc., which you can read to enhance your knowledge.