Government Museum, Chennai (Madras)

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    Visit the 2nd largest museum of India

    by udtaparindaa Written Jul 6, 2014

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    Certainly the best museum in India (that I have visited) but then still way to go before one could call it to meet international standards. The complex could be bit more cleaner and the different sections with much more finishing in how the overall look of the place surfaces to the eyes of the tourist. Yes the artifacts here are real good and I was really awed by the huge whale skeleton hanging overhead in the Biology section (sorry but photography wasn't allowed in some sections so you will have to go and see it yourself) but I expected the place to have more officials to address the tourists and explain a bit about the stuff around.

    Once you buy the tickets it should be their responsibility to take the tourists for a tour of all the sections themselves. Nevertheless I liked the museum. Surely a place to visit if you have some free time while visiting Chennai

    Hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

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    Government Museum

    by illumina Updated Dec 14, 2010

    I mainly remember the Archaeology section (as you might expect), which had a fantastic Bronze Gallery, full of statues; and some wonderful early Buddhist stone sculptures. There was also a good display on the Indus.

    There was also a section on old coins, and an Anthropology department focused on the tribes of Southern India, but the rest of the museum was mostly stuffed animals in various poses!

    When we were there the National Art Galley was closed as the building, a wonderful Mughal style edifice in red stone, was falling down.

    In another building was a large bookshop, though sadly no novels.

    Entry fee was 250INR for non-Indians. Photography is not allowed inside.

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    Government Museum - Bronze Gallery

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 9, 2009
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    The Bronze Gallery is housed in a separate building to the left of the Main Building. Most of the bronze sculptures date back to the late Pallava and Chola periods - between the 9th and 12th centuries.

    Open: 9.30am-5pm. Admission: Rs250 for foreigners & Rs200 for camera.

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    Government Museum - Natural History & Zoology

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 9, 2009
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    The Natural History and Zoology section is located in the Main Building behind the Front Building. Galleries here include: General Zoology, Flight in Animals, Foreign Animals, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals, Coral, Invertebrates and Fish. There's also botany and geology sections.

    Open: 9.30am-5pm. Admission: Rs250 for foreigners & Rs200 for camera.

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    Government Museum - Stone Sculptures

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 9, 2009
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    The stone sculptures are found within the Archaeology section, located in the Main Building behind the Front Building. There's a huge array of wonderful sculptures on display with galleries including South Indian sculptures, North Indian sculptures, Indus Valley Civilisation, Memorial stones and Hero stones, Hindu sculptures, Amaravati sculptures and Jain sculptures. They cover all ages such as early eastern Chalukyan (625-900 AD), Pallava (600-850 AD), Early Chola (850-1100 AD), Nolamba (900-1000 AD), Later Chola (1100-1350), Hoysala-Kakatiya (1100-1350), Vijayanagar (1350-1600) and Modern (from 1600).

    Open: 9.30am-5pm. Admission: Rs250 for foreigners & Rs200 for camera.

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    Government Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 9, 2009
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    Government Museum, established in 1851, is located in Egmore. The Museum complex, consisting of six buildings and 46 galleries, covers an area of around 16.25 acres (66,000 m²) of land. The objects displayed in the museum cover a variety of artefacts and objects covering diverse fields including archaeology, numismatics, zoology, natural history, sculptures, palm-leaf manuscripts and Amravati paintings. The main highlight galleries include a huge range of stone and bronze sculptures covering major south Indian periods including Pallava, Chola, Vijayanagar, Hoysala and Chalukyas. Allow plenty of time to visit the museum as it is very large and comprehensive.

    Open: 9.30am-5pm. Admission: Rs250 for foreigners & Rs200 for camera.

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    GOVERNMENT MUSEUM

    by undisputed Updated Mar 2, 2005

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    One of the finest museums in India, the Government Museum has sections devoted to geology, anthropology, botany, zoology, sculpture and numismatics. The relics from the 2nd century AD Buddhist site 'Amaravati' and the prehistoric South India are the most prized possessions of the museum. The museum has a vast collection of carvings of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faiths. Collection of South Indian musical instruments and jewelry is worth seeing. The bronze gallery that has a superb collection of ancient icons and modern bronzes that should not be missed at any cost.

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