Museums in Kolkata

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  • National Library

    National Library

    India's largest library by volume - the National Library is a place worth visiting. Built in the campus of Belvedere, which is spread in 30 acres of land, this library has an extensive collection of over 2.2 million books.

    The origin of the National Library dates back to ...

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  • Nirmal Hirday Pure Heart

    Nirmal Hirday Pure Heart

    Nirmal Hirday Pure Heart is located on J.C. Bose Road, next to the famous Kali Temple in Kalighat. Established by Mother Teresa in 1952, this hospice is engaged in curing and providing shelter to the sick, destitute and the dying people in the region. The building was previously an abandoned ...

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  • Swami Vivekananda's Ancestral House

    Swami Vivekananda's Ancestral House

    The birthplace of Swami Vivekananda this ancestral house is one of the most prominent landmarks of Kolkata. Built in the 18th century, this building started to dilapidate over the years. In 1962, the authorities of Ramakrishna Mission decided to renovate the building and turn it into a museum-cum-cultural centre.

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  • Shobhabajar Rajbari

    Shobhabajar Rajbari

    The former palace of the royal family of Shobhabajar - Shobhabajar Rajbari is an interesting place to visit. Founded by Raja Nabakrishna Deb in the mid of 17th century, this heritage site was originally a saat-mahala house (a building with seven courtyards). At present, the palace complex features a main ...

    Museum Monument
  • Town Hall

    Town Hall

    Built between 1807 and 1813, the Town Hall is one of Kolkata's iconic landmarks. Designed by Col. John Garstin in Roman-Doric style, this building was initially used as a venue for public gatherings. It has two floors that stand on a rectangular base and supported by rows of pillars. The ...

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  • Acharya Bhavan

    Acharya Bhavan

    The erstwhile residence of Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose (renowned Bengali physicist, botanist and archaeologist), Acharya Bhavan was constructed in the year 1902 and known to have served as the hub of Bengal Renaissance. This is the building where Acharya and his wife Abala Bose played host to many renowned personalities ...

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  • Tagore House

    Tagore House

    The birthplace of Rabindranath Tagore - the renowned Indian poet and first non-European Nobel laureate, Tagore House is quite an interesting place to visit. Sprawling in an area of 35,000 sq-m, this house today serves as a museum where many items related to the life and works of Rabindranath Tagore ...

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  • Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art

    Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art

    Built in the main campus of the University of Calcutta on College Street, Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art is named after Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee - the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta. This museum was established in 1937 in order to collect and preserve specimens of different phases of ...

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  • Birla Planetarium

    Birla Planetarium

    Known to be Asia's largest Planetarium, this single-storey circular structure flaunts typical Indian style of architecture with a resemblance to the Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi. Locally known as Taramandal, this planetarium was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru- the first Prime Minister of India, on 2nd July 1963.

    Stocked with ...

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  • Chintamoni Kar Sangrahalay

    Chintamoni Kar Sangrahalay

    Opened on 19th April 2006, on the 91st birthday of Chintamoni Kar, after which the museum has been named, this is a must visit for art lovers. Each of the three galleries in the museum is packed with an impressive collection of sculptures and paintings created by Chintamoni Kar himself. ...

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  • Marble Palace

    Marble Palace

    One of Kolkata's finest attractions - the Marble Palace is a 19th century edifice that has attracted and continues to attract thousands of tourists from different parts of the country and abroad, every year. This palatial building was built in 1835 by Raja Rajendra Mullick - a rich Bengali merchant ...

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  • Sabarna Sangrahashala

    Sabarna Sangrahashala

    Kolkata's only family museum- Sabarna Sangrahashala is an interesting place to visit. Established by the Sabarna Roy Choudhury Paribar Parishad in 2005, this museum has become a prominent place of education for history buffs, students and research associates. For anyone interested in learning about the glorious past of Kolkata and ...

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  • Ahuja Museum for Arts

    Ahuja Museum for Arts

    Art lovers visiting Kolkata must not miss to step in Ahuja Museum for Arts. It is a private museum that showcases more than 13000 artworks created by over 195 renowned artists. The artworks found here are collected by S. D. Ahuja from different parts of the world, since many years. ...

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  • State Archaeological Museum

    State Archaeological Museum

    Established in the year 1962, State Archaeological Museum is one of the finest attractions in Kolkata. A place worth visiting for history lovers, State Archaeological Museum houses a wide collection of rare tools that belonged to the Early, Middle and the Late Stone Ages. Proto-historic antiquities collected from Pandu Rajar ...

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  • Birla Industrial & Technological Museum

    Birla Industrial & Technological Museum

    Kolkata’s list of top attractions always includes the Birla Industrial & Technological Museum. Functioning under the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), it houses 12 galleries that display various models and structures pertaining to diverse subjects like metals, physics, television, transport, mathematics, biotechnology, life science and more. It was established ...

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  • Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar)

    Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar)

    The Indian Museum of Kolkata is the earliest establishment of its category in the Indian subcontinent. It was amongst the initial attempts to preserve the heritage of the country and to acquaint people with its splendour. The idea of setting up this museum was proposed in 1796 by members of ...

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  • Rabindra Bharati University Museum

    Rabindra Bharati University Museum

    Rabindra Bharati University Museum, located within the premises of Jorasanko Thakur Bari (Tagore House), provides a fascinating glimpse into the inspiring life and works of Rabindranath Tagore. Its highlights are the original paintings, photographs, manuscripts and other records of the Bengali polymath and his family. The collection includes 716 paintings, ...

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  • The Harrington Street Arts Centre

    The Harrington Street Arts Centre

    The Harrington Street Arts Centre is a favourite destination for art and heritage connoisseurs coming to Kolkata. This centre was established with the aim to promote and nurture the illustrative and performing arts that are integral elements of Kolkata's vibrant culture. It is affiliated to the Rajpal Khullar Memorial Trust, ...

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  • The Asiatic Society

    The Asiatic Society

    The Asiatic Society of Kolkata is an esteemed scholarly community that deals with various facets of Asia – the largest continent in the world. It is a premier organisation that conducts extensive studies related to the continent. These studies cover varied aspects like history, heritage, topography, commerce and civic administration. ...

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