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Government Museum Chennai

Popularly known as the Madras Museum, the Government Museum of Chennai was established in the year 1851, and is the second oldest museum of India after Kolkata’s Indian Museum. The Government Museum of Chennai is a treasure in itself, housing some of the finest masterpieces of art, archaeology, anthropology,  numismatics and much more. The Government Museum is also counted among the largest museums of South Asia, housing six independent buildings with 46 galleries.

Attractions of the Museum
The main building of the museum is where all the artifacts and scupltures from the past, animal galleries, botany galleries and philately gallery can be found.

The front building of the museum houses an interesting puppet gallery and galleries preserving the folk art and music.

The Bronze Gallery houses bronze artifacts. There are also numismatics and chemical conservation galleries along with the Bronze Gallery.

Another section that fascinates the tourists, especially kids, is the Children’s Museum. Housing different interesting sections like the doll section, technology and science galleries, the museum is a delight for the kids.

Other major attraction here is the Contemporary Art Gallery that houses excellent paintings and pieces of artistic marvels.

National Art Gallery has some excellent paintings and pieces of artistic marvels.

Other Attractions
Special lectures and films shows are occasionally held in the museum.
There is a book shop inside the Government Museum complex that offers books at cheap prices.

Entry and Timing
The Timings of the museum are 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Closed on: Fridays and National holidays

Entrance Fee
Indians: (Adults) Rs. 15, (Children below 12 years) Rs. 10, Rs. 5 (Students and teachers in group with prior permission)
Foreigners: Rs. 250 (adults), Rs. 125(children), Rs. 75 (Students and teachers in group with prior permission)
Camera Fee: Rs 200 (still photography), Rs 500 (video camera)

Quick Tips
Commercial photography is not permitted.



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