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Created in 1851, the Government Museum Complex is a collection of buildings which create a large museum complex located in Egmore, resulting in its other moniker, the Egmore Museum. Built over what’s called the Pantheon Complex, it is home to numerous displays of various categories. All fascinating and unique, these artifacts are categorized under the following- archaeology, art, anthropology, zoology, numismatics, botany and geology. It generates footfall up to 1000 a day and more on the weekends. With many of the buildings within the museum compound being over 100 years old, the museum is the second oldest in India and one of the largest in South Asia.
The museum complex ground has a history of being passed from hand to hand till the land was finally used to construct the museum. In 1778, a civil servant was granted 43 acres of land by the then governor of Madras to build an estate upon. The land was assigned to a committee of 24 individuals who were responsible for the city’s public amusements. They sold the land to an Armenian merchant who in turn sold it back to the government, who ended up using it as a collector’s showcase. Ultimately the Central Museum was built and established. The museum grounds once housed Madras’ first ever zoo!
The museum complex underwent numerous updates ever since its inception with only one building remaining untouched from the original complex. It was built in Indo - Saracenic style and stained glass windows, intricate and elaborate woodwork, stucco decorations and wooden ceilings make up its interiors, all supplemented by teakwood furniture and marble floors. Floral and geometric designs adorn the pillars and columns. Among all the buildings, the Museum Theater is one of the most striking as is the National Art Gallery, which houses rare paintings by various artists such as Raja Ravi Verma. Another highlight is the Bronze Gallery, with a lovely collection of South Indian bronzes along with informative write ups in English. You can see shining, bronze statues of the Lord Shiva dancing around in the ring of fire, glinting in glory.
An interesting stop over for families and those who frequent museums and historical places, the Government Museum Complex is worth a look. Be sure to give them a call to find out how many sections are accessible to the public as renovations might still be on. Whether you choose to spend an entire day in the air conditioned art galleries or just breeze through the exhibits, it’s a great way to learn, explore and see some really visually pleasing works of art.
The Government Museum in Chennai is one of the largest in Asia and apart from housing antique artifacts has in its past also acted as the first zoo in Madras. With such a fascinating history, it is but expected that the museum attracts a lot of visitors every year and a long waiting line. Tickets for Government Museum can be easily clubbed into a tour that covers other attractions of Chennai. You can easily buy tickets for Government Museum from our ticketing section and club them with other Government Museum tickets for tours. Check Government Museum ticket prices before if you are worried about budgets.
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Join the day tour to explore the history as well as Indo-Saracenic style of architecture in Chennai! In the city of Chennai (Madras), you can notice the British influence on the form of old cathedrals and the mix of Hindu, Islamic and Gothic revival
This us a nice place to spend more than half a day along with your family. You will come to know how primitive people used their utensils or weapons to guard themselves from animals. You can also learn how human being started life and how it developed civilization etc. Even you will come to know how they made their cultivation and constructed their houses. These are all anthropological studies. But for your Tea, Coffee, or Lunch you have to come out to nearby places or you can carry some munches.
Has a decent good collection. Especially the stone sculptures collection which has a good explaining write ups. Is fairly large. I was not able to see 2 blocks. They are total of 5 blocks i believe.
Really awesome consists of collection of many historical fossils and equipment. Some of them are 40 fees whale fossils, Snakes, fishes, animals, elephant fossils of different species Antic pices such as old guns, knifes, cookery, war equipment. Further more Art gallery, Ancient sculptures and many more Do you have a day of time interested to learn about nature magic. Try to visit
Has very good collection of art works. Maintenance is not good. Restroom is far. Hoping for it to get better in future.. staff should be educated to handle visitors better in terms of guiding them
Very good collection of historical arts, elements and manuscripts. Garden area is also nice for sitting. Staffs are well behaved. Though the buildings are very old, it's collection makes it enjoyable.