Museums in Kolkata
The major museums of Kolkata:
The museum was founded by Dr. Nathaniel Wallich, a botanist in 1814. It is situated at the Asiatic Society of 1, Park Street, Kolkata.
Location: Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Park Street area
Timings: 10.00-17.00 (March – November), 10.00-16.30 (December – February)
Entry Fees - Indian: Rs. 10.00 (Baby in arms free.), Foreigners: Rs. 150.00
For more details can visit http://indianmuseumkolkata.org
Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art:
The museum houses some finest Hindu and Buddhist sculpture and an extensive collection of patachitras from Bengal, playing cards, palm leaf manuscripts and ritual objects of different eras of Bengal's history.
Location: University of Calcutta (Main Campus), College Street
Timings: 10.30 A.M.to 5.00 P.M. (Monday-Friday), 10.30 A.M. to 1.30 P.M. (Saturday)
* Closed on - Sunday & National Holiday
Entry Fee: Rs. 10.00 per person
Victoria Memorial of Kolkata was established in 1921 which is commonly
known as “White Palace”, has its historic significance. Located in 1,
Queens way in Kolkata city, was founded in the memory of Victoria Queen
of United Kingdom. The memorial building is now serves as a museum and
tourist attraction too.
The Monument was built in Indo-Saracenic style with Mughal elements in the structure. The idea behind the structure is to serve as a tribute to successful British Empire in India. Inside the museum there is a huge collection of remembrances relating to Victoria and the British presence in India as well as other exhibits. The collection includes weapons, sculptors, paintings, maps, coins, stamps, artefacts, textiles, etc. The Memorial is decoratively illuminated at night.
The Memorial also contains a Royal Gallery housing a number of portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and paintings illustrating their life. After India gained independence in the year 1947, certain additions were made to the Victoria Memorial. These additions formed National Leader's Gallery, containing the portraits and relics relating to Indian independence.
Location: Queen's Way, Kolkata
Victoria Memorial Garden - 5.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Victoria Memorial Hall (Museum) - 10.00 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
Victoria Memorial Garden: Daily ticket : Rs. 4/- per head, per entry, Monthly ticket : Rs.100/- per head, Yearly ticket : Rs. 1000/- (Garden tickets does not entitle entry to the museum building)
Victoria Memorial Hall (Museum): For Indians - the entry fee to the museum is Rs. 10/- (per head), For all foreigners - the entry fee to the museum is Rs. 150/-(per head)
* Free for school children up to 12 years age in uniform and Army personnel in uniform
For more details can visit http://www.victoriamemorial-cal.org
Rabindra Bharti Museum:
The museum houses the paintings of Tagores, Bengal school, manuscripts of Rabindranath Tagore and the family, photographs, rich collection of books and journals, original paintings and other items related to the leading personalities of the 19th century such as Iswar Chanda Vidyasagar and Dwarkanath Tagore. Every year various cultural programes hosts by the museum including Poila Baisakh, 25th Baishakh which is the birthday of Rabindranath Tagore, 22nd Sravana the date of poet demise and the birth anniversaries of world famous poets.
Location: Dwarakanath Tagore Lane Kolkata
Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Birla Industrial & Technological Museum:
Location: Gurusaday Road, Kolkata
Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday)
Entry Fees: Rs. 15 (General Public), Rs. 7 (Students)
Calcutta Museum/ Kolkata Panorama:
Panorama is famous for enriching exhibits of Bengal History and culture
of 500 years. It is located in the historic town hall of Kolkata which
is India’s first multimedia story telling museum. The museum is
successfully run from the year 2002 and holds a large collection of
various models and interactive exhibits, which are displayed in Bengali
The initiative of this kind of multimedia museum is a remarkable way and appreciable in such a way to portray the complete story of Kolkata, covering every aspect but in a interesting manner.
Daily programs are conducted in English, Bengali and Hindi from 12:00 to 19:00 hrs. Programs are occasionally conducted in Oriya, Tamil and Gujarati, as well and extra shows are arranged on holidays. Ever since its beginning, it has proved to be an asset for the common people as well as the students in understanding the different sorts of phenomenon that take place in the ever so mysterious space.
Location: South of the Maidan
Hindi – 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 pm(Daily)
English – 3:30 and 5:30 pm(Daily)
Bengali – 1:30 and 6:30 pm(Daily)
Entry Fees: Rs. 20 per person
Birla Art Museum:
Location: Joka, Kolkata
Timings: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Except Mondays & Gazetted Holidays)
Entry Fees: Indian Students: Rs.2/-, Adult Indians: Rs.10/-, Foreigner (all Ages): Rs. 50/-
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