Ranked 6 among Places to Visit in Kolkata
Ideal Time: 1-2 hours
The ninth oldest museum of the world and largest in India, the Indian Museum is located in the old city of Kolkata. The foundation stone of the Indian Museum was laid down in the year 1814 and has been a centre of multidisciplinary activities ever since. Popularly known as 'Jadughar', it exhibits some of the finest collection of historical importance ranging from contemporary paintings and a sacred relic of Buddha to Egyptian mummies and ancient sculptures. In addition to these, the Indian Museum boasts of some of the most exquisite collections of ornaments, fossils, skeletons, antiques, armours, and stunning Mughal paintings.
In addition to being the safehouse for many priceless relics, the Indian Museum has served various other roles and services as well. The Government College of Art and Craft founded in the year 1854 operated from the southern wing of the museum, which moved to the premises in the year 1892. Presently, it has 35 galleries which have been divided into six categories namely Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Economic Botany. For those inquisitive about history, there is also a library and bookshop present within the museum premises. Indian Museum recently celebrated its bicentennial with great fervour in February 2014. With its splendid collection, the museum takes you back in time to witness our fascinating past.
5 months ago by Sinorita Naskar
I visited Indian Museum last winter with friends. We reached at around 12pm and also had to leave early, so we could not explore all of the galleries to my disappointment. So I would advise everyone to keep a full day if they are planning to visit this place. Some of the galleries were closed for renovation. The gallery housing the Egyptian mummy was my favourite among all the galleries that we visited. Apart from exploring the galleries, one can also sit in the lawn admiring the beautiful white building, or opt for a meal at the nearby restaurants in Park Street.
5 months ago by Soumita Ghosh
The museum displays collections of coins and sculptures out of many others. There is also an Egyptian Mummy put on display. The place needs to be maintained properly since the ways in which the collections are displayed are not up to the mark. Also, the collections lack information. The museum would be a lot better if it were maintained in an orderly manner with correct information displayed beside every artifact. The place is quite good for history enthusiasts. India’s rich history is displayed in all its glory here. Since this museum is present in Kolkata proper, there is no dearth of places to stay. Street food is also widely available.
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