Government Museum in Chennai

Enrich your knowledge in almost every field of study at this museum

Enrich your knowledge in almost every field of study at this museum | Photo credit: L.vivian.richard/wikimedia

Government Museum Overview

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Also known as Egmore or Madras Museum, the Government Museum was founded in 1851 and is touted to be India’s second oldest museum. Spread across 17 acres of land, the museum comprises of six buildings with 46 galleries. Some of them are believed to be approximately 100 years old. It houses a wide collection of Roman antiques, palm-leaf manuscripts, Amravati paintings, wood carvings and other historical articles.

Apart from that, there are many interesting artefacts from archaeology, zoology, numismatics, botany, geology, ethnology, folk art, bronze and contemporary art galleries. Government museum also has a special section for kids known as the Children’s museum. It houses a Dolls gallery where you would find cute little dolls dressed in costumes of different nations and civilisations.

Exhibits from the science and technology sector as well as a special Kids corner also other attractions for children here. While you are here, don’t miss the museum theatre, designed in Italian style and located at the museum entrance.

  • Opening Closing Time 9:30 am to 5 pm (Closed on Fridays)

  • Entrance Fee INR 15 (Adults); INR 10 (Children below 12 years); INR 200 (Camera); INR 500 (Video Camera)

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Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai- 600008