Indian Musuem, Kolkata

Indian Musuem

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Indian Musuem
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19 Ratings & 8 Reviews

About Indian Musuem

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: 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

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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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  2-3hrs
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8 traveller reviews for Indian Musuem

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Amit Ghosh

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  • Amit Ghosh
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 266 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  11724 readers

"See the antiques" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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 the ancient period just in a go. Go around the British architecture and enjoy the creativity.
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Saurabh Gupta

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  • Saurabh Gupta
  • Lives in Dharamsala
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  • 35 Reviews
  •  22 helpful votes
  •  4417 readers

"Splendid collection"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 1, 2015
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 Dwivedi

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  • Satyendra Dwivedi
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 48 Reviews
  •  220 helpful votes
  •  34475 readers

"Good artifacts but badly managed"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 28, 2015
There are many sections. All look very fascinating. It is a must visit if you have curious kids with you. We visited on 1st 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.
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Anil Chopra

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  • Anil Chopra
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
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"Collection of archaeological, historical items"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 24, 2015
I visited the Indian Museum, Kolkata (Jadughar) in local language on 20. 04. 2015. It has very good collection of many historical items like 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 air conditioned. The mummies and the procedure of mummification, and stuffed animal section are interesting. The different sections are based on some theme. A must see if one is in Kolkata.
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Varun Sundar

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  • Varun Sundar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 7 Reviews
  •  65 helpful votes
  •  5923 readers

"A historic memorablia"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 20, 2014
The Indian museum situated at Kolkata is one of the must visit historical monument of India. It has a wide collection of ancient artifacts that speaks of volumes of history of our nation. The site can be used as an educational picnic spot for schoolchildren. It would also leverage our country's image among foreign people by speaking about rich history of our country.
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Asna Ayaz

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  • Asna Ayaz
  • Lives in Ranchi
  • 1 Review
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"Antique items are beautifully preserved here"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 8, 2014
It is a magnificent building, which one must visit, if one is planning to visit Kerala. It has lots of things to offer. Especially the antique items are beautifully preserved here. And the skeletons of ancient animals are the major attraction. The centre of attraction here is 'mummy' just like Egypt Pyramids, which is nicely preserved.
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  • A S
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 451 Reviews
  •  2035 helpful votes
  •  483174 readers

"Best museum"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 17, 2014
By far one of the best museums I have visited so far. This place is larger than life. My experience is it is a never ending museum; there are just countless things to see and know. It is more than 100 years old. My favorite was the Egyptian Mummy as it was the first time I was seeing a mummy in real and I also loved Elephant skeleton. I also liked the well maintained gardens within the premises. It is situated at Chowringe.
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Abhijit Gupta

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  • Abhijit Gupta
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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 283 Reviews
  •  891 helpful votes
  •  227944 readers

"Largest & Oldest Museum In India"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2014
The Indian Musuem is the largest and oldest museum in India with rare collections of antiques, skeletons, weapons, paintings etc. A must visit place for all in Kolkata.
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