Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

Victoria Memorial

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 10.00 AM - 4.30 PM , Saturday: 10.00 AM - 4.30 PM , Sunday: 10.00 AM - 4.30 PM , Public Holidays: 10.00 AM - 4.30 PM

The most famous landmark and tourist attraction of Kolkata is the Victoria Memorial hall. Built in 1921, this monument was designed by Sir William Emerson, a famous architect from the then British Empire. Sprawling over an area of 64 acres of land, the Victoria Memorial is surrounded by a well maintained landscaped garden.

The museum housed by the hall displays age old artefacts and paintings from all over the world. Photographs of British monarchs and eminent personalities who had major contributions towards shaping modern India adorn the walls of the museum. With a huge collection of paintings and artefacts, Victoria Memorial is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Kolkata.

There is a huge collection of European oil and watercolour paintings of celebrated painters like Johann Zoffany, Charles D'oyly, William Simpson, Thomas Hickey, Emily Eden and several others.

Besides European art, the museum also has on display paintings by eminent Indian artists, a handsome collection of stamps, lithographs, manuscripts, sculptures, rare books and arms and armours used during the pre-independent era in India.


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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Arvind Kumar

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  • Arvind Kumar
  • Lives in Noida
  • 539 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  237 helpful votes
  •  1583 readers
  • Posted Feb 10, 2017
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Aman Aanand

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  • Aman Aanand
  • Lives in Guwahati
  •  9 helpful votes
  • Posted 2 months ago
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  • 331

Saurav Gupta

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  • Saurav Gupta
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews
  •  610 helpful votes
  •  10 readers
  • Posted Mar 29, 2016
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  • 585

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Abhinash mohanty

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  • Abhinash mohanty
  • 5 photos
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  •  20 readers

"The Majestic Victoria memorial" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
This massive, white marble monument was conceived in 1901 by Lord Curzon and built over a 20-year period. Designed in a mixture of Italian Renaissance and Saracenic styles, surrounded by extensive, carefully manicured gardens, and preceded by a typically sober statue of Victoria herself, it remains a major symbol of the British Raj as well as that of Kolkata itself. Inside the building is an excellent museum of the history of Kolkata (there's a lot to read, but it will really sharpen your sense of the British-Bengali relationship) and various Recreated exhibits, including Queen Victoria's writing desk and piano, Indian miniature paintings, watercolors, and Persian books. Cameras and electronic equipment must be left at the entrance. In the evenings there's a sound-and-light show, with narration in English, about Kolkata's history. The lawns are used by locals, especially during winter, for family picnics and joyrides on horse-drawn carriages.
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Subham Agarwal

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  • Subham Agarwal
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1348 readers

"Lovely place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 13, 2017
One should definitely visit this great Heritage place,
You will find lot of peace sitting there in evening with the natural essence of flowers and gardens,
Its too big to roam around in and out of the monument,
So take your time to enjoy :)
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Anjana Gupta

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  • Anjana Gupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 20 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  3665 readers

"Beautiful palace of Queen Victoria with garden"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 14, 2017
Completely paisa vasool place... Entry fees is only Rs10 for Indian and Rs150 for foreigners.. Must visit if you are at Kolkata... In the center of city with combo of lake, garden and palace...
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C.s. manish Dasgupta

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  • C.s. manish Dasgupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 50 photos
  • 99 Reviews
  •  157 helpful votes
  •  85889 readers

"Romantic stroll from Planetorium to Victoria"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 17, 2016
It was one of the Saturday evenings when every couple wants to talk and roam around without thinking about anything else. It is recommended to visit memorial in the afternoon. You will be able to visit the museum and other areas inside the place. The entry to the memorial as well as museum is chargeable. Don't spoil the beauty of area by plucking flowers or doing anything which is against nature. Try to have Street food and drinks opposite to the main gate. There's a fountain just opposite to main gate of memorial which can be enjoyed thoroughly after 6 pm, when the upkeep authorities organise musical fountain shows.
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Poornima Saxena

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  • Poornima Saxena
  • Lives in Agra
  • 2 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  4682 readers

"Not an awe inspiring memorial"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jul 7, 2016
I travelled there. It's beautiful from outside but it's not so good from inside. It should be nice and beautiful to see at night in lighting from outside.
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Yusuf Ali

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  • Yusuf Ali
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 32 Reviews
  •  18 helpful votes
  •  27540 readers

"Nominal price"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 29, 2016
One of India's heritage built by British Government. Great place to visit with friends and families to enjoy the weekend. It's open for everyone just paying a nominal entry fee.
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  • 6 votes

Nilesh Jain

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  • Nilesh Jain
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 37 photos
  • 26 Reviews
  •  25 helpful votes
  •  19751 readers

"Not less than Taj Mahal"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 8, 2016
Although we did not had much time but for few minutes we got a chance to visit Victoria memorial which is an absolute beauty with historical values, a must visit place. And don't forget about beautiful selfies.
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Kopite Kk

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  • Kopite Kk
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 34 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  34936 readers

"Most famous building of Kolkata"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 28, 2016
Victoria Memorial is the most famous building of Kolkata. There is not much inside the building but the beauty lies outside. Its an iconic structure and if you go during the day there is hardly any crowd (Good for photos).
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Lipsa Pany

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  • Lipsa Pany
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 24 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  9987 readers

"Modern history marvel"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 8, 2016
If you are into history and architectural Marvels. Then this is the place to visit. Memorial Hall is a beauty and well maintained. It is surrounded by gardens and man-made lakes. Museum has collection of paintings, weaponry and other collectibles. We went to the place at around 11 and left around 12:30 and covered all the places.
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Biswajeet Mishra

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  • Biswajeet Mishra
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 44 Reviews
  •  24 helpful votes
  •  59117 readers

"Must visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2016
It is a must visit place of Kolkata. If you ever visit to Kolkata you should see its construction and return to history of queen Victoria and you can see cannon and many other weapon inside memorial.
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