Indian Musuem, Kolkata

Indian Musuem

Rank 13
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in Kolkata
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22 Ratings & 12 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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12 traveller reviews for Indian Musuem

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Kamal Dahiya

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  • Kamal Dahiya
  • 40 photos
  • 54 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  10724 readers

"Biggest museum"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is the biggest and oldest museum of India. This museum has everything you want to see. This place will amaze you totally. My friend went there and forget about time. We had a excitement that what will come next. This museum even have mummies. And ashes of buddha.
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Satyam Kedia

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  • Satyam Kedia
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
  •  131 readers

"Visit to Indian museum with friends, a pleasant experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 27, 2015
In the month of June after my examination, I and my friends planned to visit anywhere. After that we decided to visit Indian Museum, near Park Street Metro, Kolkata. We went going at afternoon, first we took the tickets after paying consideration. We also took pass for graphing. We saw various old and historic monuments, geographical images, sculpture, mummy, paintings, skeleton and many more. Really we enjoyed very much to see history in front. Pleasant experience.
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Amit Ghosh

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  • Amit Ghosh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 23 photos
  • 503 Reviews
  •  109 helpful votes
  •  156282 readers

"See the antiques"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 18, 2015
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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Tauseef Raj

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  • Tauseef Raj
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews
  •  119 readers

"Look at for History of India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 16, 2015
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 Dharmatala 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 Elahi

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  • Asif Elahi
  • Lives in Rampurhat
  • 3 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  278 readers

"A good place to visit for History lovers"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 9, 2015
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 out of the Trunk of Elephant say like different commodities used by the Kings of 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 Gupta

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  • Saurabh Gupta
  • Lives in Dharamsala
  • 134 photos
  • 37 Reviews
  •  25 helpful votes
  •  9411 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
  • 59 photos
  • 48 Reviews
  •  225 helpful votes
  •  40897 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
  •  269 readers

"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
  •  6689 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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