The Fort St George Museum exhibits items of British rule in The Exchange Building that was built in 1795. It first housed the office of the Madras Bank while the hall upstairs was the Public Exchange Hall and served as a place for public meetings, lottery draws and occasionally for entertainment. The idea of setting up a museum in this building to house relics of the British Raj was mooted in 1946 and the museum then opened in 1948. The objects on display in the museum include weapons, coins, porcelain, silverware, medals, uniforms and other artefacts from Britain, France and India. Original letters written by Robert Clive and Cornwallis make fascinating reading.
Open: 10am-5pm. Admission: Rs100 for foreigners.
The Fort Museum exhibits the items of the British rule. This building was completed in 1795 and first housed the office of the Madras Bank. The hall upstairs was the Public Exchange Hall and served as a place for public meetings, lottery drawings and occasionally for entertainment. These relics are the reminder of the British rule in India. The objects on display in the museum are the weapons, coins, medals, uniforms and other artifacts from Britain, France and India dating back to the British period. The original letters written by Clive and Cornwallis make fascinating reading. One set of quaint period uniforms is displayed for viewing, as well. However, the piece de resistance is a large statue of Lord Cornwallis.
The third picture is of the Anstruther Cage, a tiny wooden cage which was brought to Chennai from China, where for more than a year in the 19th century it was used as a particularly sadistic form of imprisonment for a British captain.
The entrance fee was 100INR in March 2009.