Indian Musuem Overview

Ranked 8 of 772 sightseeing in Kolkata

Established in 1814 the Kolkata Indian Museum is the largest museum of the country. The museum was founded by a botanist from Denmark, Dr. Nathaniel Wallich. There are over 60 galleries in the museum that has on display several artefacts and prehistoric objects. All the exhibits can be broadly divided into categories like Geological, Anthropological, Artistic, Archaeological, Zoological and Industrial items.

The main attractions of the museum are the fossils of extinct animals and the Egyptian mummy. The Egyptian Mummy is more than 4000 years old. The Indian Museum also has on display a pot containing the ashes of Lord Buddha.

Works of art from all parts of the world, paintings of eminent artists, pre-historic relics from Mohenjo-Daro, Harappa and Bihar and a huge collection of coins and stones are among the things that are on display here.

There are even gold coins belonging to the 5th century BC from the time of Samudragupta, Akbar and Jahangir. English speaking guides explain each section and every item on display thoroughly. A small store inside the museum puts on sale a host of items that can be picked up as a souvenir.

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  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsLength of visit: 2-3hrs
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Monday - Friday:
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Saturday:
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Sunday:
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Public Holidays:
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
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Hare ram roy5.0/5

1 review

Heart touching feeling in Kolkata.

I visited in kolkata at difference places...likes Indian Musium, Indian botanical garden, James Prinshep Ghat, and Howrah bridge..it's really happy in my heart with touching feeling in Kolkata...also I visited Birla PLANETARIUM, science city,victoria memorial and many more ....
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Sahajony4.3/5

6 reviews

Best 1

Welcome To Indian MuseumThe history of the origin and the growth of the Indian Museum is one of the remarkable events towards the development of heritage and culture of India. Founded in 1814 at the cradle of the Asiatic Society of Bengal (at the present building of the Asiatic Society, 1 Park Street, Kolkata), Indian Museum is the earliest and the largest multipurpose Museum not only in the Indian subcontinent but also in the Asia-Pacific region of the world. With the foundation of Indian Museum in 1814, the Museum movement started rolling in India and through the years from then, got a new fillip and great momentum. Since then, it has so magnificently developed and culminated into the fruitful existence of more than 400 museums in the country. The movement, which was started in 1814, in fact was the beginning of a significant epoch initiating the socio-cultural and scientific achievements of the country. It is otherwise considered as the beginning of the modernity and the end of mediaeval era.

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Kamal Dahiya4.6/5

111 reviews

Biggest museum

this is the biggest and oldest musuem of india.this musuem has everything you want to see.this place ill amaze you totally.me and my friend went there and forget about time,we had a excitment that what will come next.this musuem even have mummies. and ashes of budha.

Satyam Kedia4.3/5

1 review

Visit to Indian museum with friends, a pleasant experience

In the month of June after my examination, I and my friends are plan to visit anywhere.after that we decide to visit Indian museum, near park Street metro,Kolkata.we were going at afternoon.first we took the tickets after paying consideration. We also took pass for graphing.we see various old and historic monuments.geographical images.sculpture,mummy,paintings, sckleton and many more.really we enjoy very much to see history in front.pleasant experience. Love it

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Sumit Sen3.6/5

559 reviews

See the antiques

The various departments beholding to the various antiques from all spheres. Be it the dinosaurs or some extinct fish or stone or the coins, Indian Museum in Kolkata takes you into thje ancient period just in a go. Go around the British architecture and enjoy the creativity.

Tauseef Raj5.0/5

2 reviews

Look at for History of India

India Museum is a must visit place for museum lovers. It has its own rich heritage and wide range of things related to the history of India and also consist geographical and cosmical study so do visit it. The location is also near the famous Dharamtalla market so reaching there becomes easy. What you should really look for is the 3 year Old Mummy there Indian Museum is a must Visit for museum Lovers..

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Asif Elahi4.3/5

3 reviews

A good place to visit for History lovers

I visited Indian Museum, Kolkata many times. Now a days it has been reformed and decorated in a new and beautiful way. There are many ancient sculptures. A lot of previous things made of the truck of elephant say. Different commodities used by the kings of the then India. Not to mention there are a lot of living fossils which are decorated in a nice and catching way. One can use camera and take the pictures of not only the excellent informative equipments but one can enjoy the calm and beautiful environment there.

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Saurabh Gupta4.6/5

37 reviews

Splendid collection

This historic Indian museum, founded in 1814, is still the largest museum in India and has rare collections of antiques, armour, coins, ornaments, fossils, skeletons, Egyptian mummy, the Ashoka Pillar and Mughal paintings.The exhibit halls of Egyptian culture are a nice one to visit, On the part of flora and fauna, there are enclosures for birds found in India, and there is another for aquatic life. The place is very simple, calm and rich. Geological stones, variety of birds, animals etc.... was amazed at the sheer variety the museum maintains. This multi-purpose Institution with multidisciplinary activities has six sections comprising thirty five galleries of cultural and scientific artifacts namely Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Economic Botany. The museum building is massive and the gardens are decent. However, the building requires a lot of maintenance, particularly indoors. Lighting of the galleries is inadequate, exhibits missing proper descriptions,still this museum is highly recommended to spend a day to view the huge collections portraying Indian history and also natural history.

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Satyendra Dwivedi3.6/5

49 reviews

Good artifacts but badly managed

There are many sections. All look very fascinating. It is must visit if you have curious kids with you. We visited I April. Many good sections were closed, for no reason. But whatever we saw was worth. If they manage it well, this can become must visit place in Kolkata.

Anil Chopra3.6/5

3 reviews

Collection of archaeological, historical items

I visited the Indian Museum, Kolkata (Jadugarh) in local language on 20.04.2015. It has very good collection of many historical items lime coins, stone-woodwork dating back B.C. time. The fee for Indian tourist is Rs. 10/- only. Cameras are allowed for a fee of Rs. 50/-.Timings are 10 am to 5 pm. Only one or two sections are airconditioned. The mummies and the procedure of mummification, and stuffed animal section is interesting. The different sections are based on some theme. A must see if one is in Kolkata.

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