Fort Museum

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  • Address: Fort St George, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600009, India
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +9144-25671127
  • Ticket Price: 15 INR
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museum, Family And Kids

About Fort Museum, Chennai

Also referred to as White Town historically, the Fort Museum is a Chennai attraction built in the year 1644. Owing to this fort’s construction, there was a steady rise in trading activities further settlements, given the being of this once-inhabited land. Today the property is home to not just the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly but also other official buildings.

The museum is one of the very few surviving buildings today, owing to a very a good maintenance. Ten galleries accommodate various antiquities that are the main draw of this place. All in all, the Fort Museum accommodates several important items of crucial significance in Chennai’s history. From war weapons, to porcelains used by the British, a Miscellany Gallery, Prints and Document Gallery, Indo-French Gallery and a coin Gallery among more; is what you can look forward to here. 

Fort Museum Ticket Prices

  • Given prices are for Indian adults.
  • Foreigner adults: INR 200
  • Children up to 15 years free.

How To reach Fort Museum by Public Transport

  • Secretariat bus station
  • Reserve Bank Of India bus station

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  • 0.42% of people who visit Chennai include Fort Museum in their plan

  • 92.86% of people start their Fort Museum visit around 11 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Fort Museum

Monday and Saturday

64.29% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Fort Museum

People normally club together St Mary's Church and Chennai Citi Center while planning their visit to Fort Museum.

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Fort Museum, Chennai Reviews

  • Great collections with some excellent portraits. The classification and arrangement are methodical and appreciable. The portrait room, in particular, is magnificent. While the museum appears to be receiving a lot of attention, there are no guides and the staff seem indifferent at the most. So much of what we see could be better appreciated if someone who knew his stuff could tell us about them. The security is appreciably stringent but some part of the importance given to security could be given to history too! Visitors must note that there are strict rules against photography inside the museum. There's a bus stand outside making the museum easily accessible and there is also a canteen inside the premises ( I heard a guard say so, when I went there) The trip would be more wholesome if you brushed up on Madras history and general British India history a little before visiting. And while there, note down interesting names and events to read up later! The place is a positive treasure trove!

  • The fort is relatively small and well preserved. It’s not the typical forts that you can find in India but more of an European styled building with cannons. There are some nice collections of arms, uniforms and other items from the early British period in India. I particularly enjoyed reading the notes and descriptions behind the items. There are some beautiful life sized portraits hanging on the walls of various lords, generals and other important figures. I enjoyed that section. I think this is a must for history buffs and if you’re from SAARC countries then you get discount on entry ticket prices.

  • The place is superb, I mean the museum. Of special significance is the gallery of portraits of the Lords, Nawabs, Viceroys and Queens. You won't find that elsewhere in the city. When I visited the place, I wasn't allowed inside the actual fort for seemingly no reason. Must have been a misunderstanding of the guard there. Nevertheless, the venue a must visit for anyone interested in the history of this city. Further, the Marina Beach is just a couple of miles away. Good for a nice weekend.

  • Better than the Government Museum at Egmore. Am a history buff so enjoyed the few hours spent here and purchased some ASI books. Indian and Tamil Nadu governments should improve upkeep and let people click photos. Don't understand if the UK and European countries allow photography of lots more expensive stuff why Indians forgo the chance to make places more popular and mint some more money.

  • Fort St George (or historically, White Town[1]) is the name of the first English (later British) fortress in India, founded in 1644[2] at the coastal city of Madras, the modern city of Chennai. The construction of the fort provided the impetus for further settlements and trading activity, in what was originally an uninhabited land.[3] Thus, it is a feasible contention to say that the city evolved around the fortress.[4] The fort currently houses the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly and other official buildings. The fort is one of the 163 notified areas (megalithic sites) in the state of Tamil Nadu.

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