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About Government Museum, Chennai

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.

Government Museum Information

  • 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.

Government Museum Tickets Prices

  • Mentioned ticket prices are for Indian adults.
  • Foreigner adults: INR 250
  • Camera/Video Charges: Indian-INR 200; Foreigner-INR 500

How To Get To Government Museum by Public Transport

  • Maternity Hospital Bus Station
  • T.B. Hospital Bus Station

Restaurants Near Government Museum

  • Liu’s Waldorf (Chinese/ 700 INR for two)
  • Big Chicken (Chinese, North Indian, Mughlai/ 300 INR  for two)

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Address: Beside Government Maternity Hospital, Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600008

Phone: +91-4428193778

Ticket Price: 15 INR

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Time Required: 01:30 Hrs

Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

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Private Tour: Half-Day Chennai Sightseeing with Government Museum and Kapaleeshwar Temple
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See Chennai’s historical and architectural gems on this half-day private sightseeing tour. Visit Fort St George, the first English fortress in India, and browse interesting art collections and exhibits at the Government Museum, which houses the largest collection of Roman antiquities outside of Europe. Learn about the Dravidian architecture of Kapaleeshwar Temple, built in the 7th century, and enjoy scenic views of Chennai on a drive along Marina Beach.

Private Tour: Chennai Sightseeing Including Fort St George and Government Museum
View Deal Private Tour: Chennai Sightseeing Including Fort S... 7 Reviews | Duration: 8 hours From USD 59.89/person

On this private sightseeing tour of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, discover the city’s architectural diversity with visits to popular landmarks including Fort St George, the Government Museum, the Madras High Court and the Ripon Building. As you explore this bustling metropolis and cultural hub, your private guide will teach you about the fusion of traditional Dravidian (South Indian) styles of architecture with European colonial influences. You’ll also discover Chennai's religious diversity while exploring San Thome Cathedral and Kapaleeshwar Temple, and soak in the vibrant beauty of the city with a stroll through a flower market.

Chennai Heritage Architecture Day Tour
View Deal Chennai Heritage Architecture Day Tour New on TripHobo Duration: 5 hours From USD 82.19/person

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 styles that resulted in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Many of the colonial era buildings are designed in this style and the colonial legacy of Chennai is most apparent in the vicinity of the port. South of the port is Fort St. George and the stretch between the fort and the port is occupied mostly by the High Court buildings and several clubs, some of which have existed since the British era.

Private Day Tour: Gingee Fort
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Gingee Fort is one of the few forts that still in exist in Tamil Nadu. One of the most impenetrable forts of India, even given the name of 'Troy of the East' by the British. See the hidden fortress which was fought over by many different rulers in history and successfully protected the small town of Gingee from invaders.

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  • Very informative but the place is not well maintained and has a dingy smell.. not well ventilated.. it is very big and a very long walk.. better make sure you have a plenty of rest n food before you go inside and carry a water bottle and make sure you visit the entire museum.. better to go in the morning so that you will be able to cover the entire museum..

  • It's just awesome place to spare quality time. The planty of different things and sculptures are very good. All the department are well managed. The details of everything is very nice. Fabulous ✌

  • Must visit for history enthusiasts. Not well mantained but has artifacts from 5000 BC to current paintings. Gallery 1 to 6 all have different collections. Gallery 5 modern art gallery is currently closed for renovation. Gallery 1 is the biggest one need more than 2 hours. Museum at fast phase also need minimum 4 hours.

  • Has a wonderful and a huge collection of antiques and relics. A must visit place for anyone. Can learn a lot about the history, geography, the tools and sculptures used during the past. For you to visit leisurely, I suggest that you take 2 days to view every single item. Mobile phone photography inside the museum is prohibited. However camera is allowed after a special payment. Almost all of the place is well maintained and kept neat. There are seaters available inside the museum from collection to collection. There are a few places which require proper maintenance. The lack of staffs at some places make a suitable environment for vandals. Some of the valuable sculptures have been subjected to vandalism. The staffs are very helpful and kind to assist with a smile. A must visit place. You'll surely love it. Avoid visits during rainy times as the place gets marshy.

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  • Good place to show to our kids. Kids and even adults can learn. 3-4hours can be easily spent who is enthusiast to see and learn new things.

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