Museums & Art Galleries

Madras Museum :

stone_sculptureA Madras museum theatre, located at Egmore the busy place in Chennai, opened in 1896. Constructed by British in Indo-Saracen style, during the end of 19th century, the museum theatre is one of the grand structures. It is housed within the museum complex together with other distinguished structures like Old Public Library and the famous National Art Gallery. It is surrounded by the cannons captured or used by the British during the wars. This theatre has staged thousands of plays so far. It has watched stories come to life for more than a century. It has serviced the strong-minded theatre scene in Madras by the way of hosting plenty of actors, from simple persons with mere ambition to those with superb talents, from performers with a point to prove to clowns just for joke. Centuries of performances and Chennai's Museum Theatre still seems wonderful. It has grown old stylishly, with pleasant wrinkles making them contented with its facade as its walls lightly a relief of sigh. It is worth place to visit and view some brilliant stage performance.

National Art GalleryNational art gallery A fine specimen for the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, this building is constructed in red sandstone. Not only the treasures of art works found inside but also the building itself is interesting, for it is filled with intricate carvings. Some of the listed artifacts in the national art gallery are 16th to 18th century Mughal paintings, Deccan art of the 17th century and the displays of bronzes from 10th and 13th centuries and handicrafts of various periods. Government Museum, Chennai is a multi-purpose State Government Museum located in Egmore, which is the heart of the city, spreading to an area of 16.25 acres of land. Six independent buildings in this Museum campus has 46 galleries. Timings: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Fee: For foreigners $5, Adult Rs 15/- and Children Rs 10/-, School concession Rs 3/- Holiday: Friday ,Ph: 28193238/ 28193778 ,Fax: 28193035

Children’s Museum is a place of wonder for children, which takes them from the land of books to the land of objects. It encourages a child to probe new horizons. It directs children into constructive and worthwhile pastimes. It moulds them into sound citizens of the future. The Children’s Museum of the Government Museum, Chennai consists of Basement, Ground floor and First floor, each having 5000 sq.ft. area. The architecture of the Children’s Museum conforms to that of a model museum building, with all the facilities contemplated in a modern museum. The display arrangements in the Children’s Museum reveals to the children the world in which they live, arouses intellectual curiosity and opens the door to the world of wonder. 86, Pantheon Road, Chennai - 8, Timings : 9 am to 5 p.m. Fee : for Foreigners $ 5, Adult Rs.15, Children Rs.10 School Concession Rs. 3/-. Holiday : Friday Ph : 28193238, 28193778, Fax : 28193035.

Fort Museum

fort-museum North of the Secretariat is the Fort Museum, which was once the Fort office’s mess. It was a bank then. This is the forerunner of the Madras bank, which later merged with the Bombay and the Bengal Banks to become the Imperial Bank and is known as the State Bank of India. The long room upstairs was the Public Exchange Hall and the roof built in, 1796, was also the first lighthouse Chennai. The Museum formally opened in 1948 has a fine collection of original writings of the men who made Chennai. This museum has an outstanding collection of early coins, silverware, porcelain, uniforms, manuscripts, engravings and aquatints of early Chennai Timing : 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Friday Holiday. Fee Rs. 5/- for foreigners $ 5. Kamarajar Salai, Fort St. George, Chennai - 600 009. Ph : 25670854, 25671127

Govt Museum

Govt-museum A pre-1789 assemblage by the British, called Pantheon Complex today houses the Government Museum, Connemara Public Library and the National Art Gallery. The Museum contains exhibits ranging from the contemporary artifacts to pre-historical findings. Sculpture and bronze of various periods, sections for zoology, anthropology and geology impress every visitor. Buddhist sculptures found in the Amaravathi section depict the events recorded in the life of the Buddha. Address: 489, Pantheon Road, Chennai - 8 Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fee: For foreigners $ 5, Adult Rs. 15/-, Children Rs 10/-, School concession Rs. 3/- Holiday: Friday Ph: 28193238, 28193778 Fax: 28193035

Regional Rail Museum

Govt-museum The Regional Rail Museum at Chennai is located amid picturesque, serene surroundings at ICF Furnishing Division. Tucked away among the trees, the Regional Rail Museum houses two indoor galleries and a large open area. The indoor galleries house various small exhibits, models, photographs and charts highlighting the development and growth of Railways. Museum provides ample avenues for any type of visitor. The visit promises to be a stimulating, exciting and nostalgic experience for young and old. It has a few toy trains and few 50 yrs old coaches. It is located at New Avadi Road. ICF, near ICF bus stand, Chennai-600 038, Entry fee: Adult Rs. 5/- Child Rs. 3. Holiday: Monday. Timing: 10 am, to 6 p.m. Ph : 26146267.



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