Located in Chennai’s neighbourhood of Egmore, the Egmore museum or the Government Museum of Chennai boasts of an informative collection of items related to human history and culture. Instigated in the year 1851, this museum is considered to be one of the best things to do in Chennai with kids. The museum ranks second in the list of oldest museum in India, following the Indian Museum of Kolkata.
This is a brilliant place to visit for all those who have interest in archaeology and numismatic collections. The highlights of the museum include collections from the European countries with Roman antiques. Along with these, this Indo-Saracenic styled museum is also home to some artworks of Raja Ravi Varma.
- The art galleries and the bronze museum are the most beautiful attractions, be sure to visit them!
- It’s a great place to take your kids, the Children’s Museum has the most footfall.
- Not all the displays are open or active, try to schedule your trip accordingly.
- Prepare yourself for a lot of walking!
- Visit the book shop to see great English and Indian books and comics.
- Mentioned ticket prices are for Indian adults.
- Foreigner adults: INR 250
- Camera/Video Charges: Indian-INR 200; Foreigner-INR 500
- Maternity Hospital Bus Station
- T.B. Hospital Bus Station
- Liu’s Waldorf (Chinese/ 700 INR for two)
- Big Chicken (Chinese, North Indian, Mughlai/ 300 INR for two)
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46.43% of people who visit Chennai include Government Museum in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
46.83% of people start their Government Museum visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Government Museum
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Government Museum
My experience to the museum is actually 50 - 50 as from the outside the museum seems to be very cohesive with a big compound. Let me first talk about the positive things - the Museum is combination of several parts such as - children's museum, science museum, collection of sculptures, zoological museum, cultural museum and library, a permanent book shop, a souvenir shop, a auditorium and what not. I also noticed a big crowd of Civil Service aspirants inside the Museum premise. Moreover, the Museum has a green shade of trees which gives the visitors a pleasant experience. But I also noticed few problem with the Museum. The children museum is very low maintained. Many of the parts of that museum were not accessible, may be they are under renovation or permanently closed. Moreover many of the technology used in the Museum has been non functional. The choices of food in the small canteen should be increased so that the visitors could enjoy it more. Else it is a treat to visit that place. I highly recommend any visitor to Chennai to put the visit to the Museum into their plan.
The museum could do with better maintenance but with ticket price as Rs15 there's not much to complain. There are around 6 gallery buildings so should take around 3-4 hours to cover them all but few of them are still getting renovated. The main building has various historical sculptures and don't miss the big whale skeleton. The national art gallery and numismatics gallery also has nice displays which could be very informative for the school kids specially.
There are lot of stuff here, that's it there is no theme or order to it. The place is not maintained properly. There is a parking fee of Rs. 20. The ticket charges are less. They don't allow you to take pics with mobile phone inside the museum, you could take photos with still cam but they charge RS.200.
Very calm and nice place. Many artifacts from different ages can be seen here. Harappan civilization sculptures and artifacts well preserved. Weapons and armours are also displayed. There are seating arrangements in the garden and one can spend few peaceful hours reading or just chilling here. Entry fee is 15 rupees for Indians and 200 rupees for foreign nationals.
Government museum consists of 7 or 8 buildings. Some new buildings also built now. Great to watch our ancient things, arts, sculptures. Best place for our children to show our pride. We need a full day of visit to this place. Quiet enjoyable and knowledgeable. Nearly 1 km from egmore railway station