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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  • Good 9
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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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3 Video Reviews for Victoria Memorial

Arvind Kumar

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  • Arvind Kumar
  • Lives in Noida
  • 555 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  241 helpful votes
  •  1657 readers
  • Posted Feb 10, 2017
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Aman Aanand

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  • Aman Aanand
  • Lives in Guwahati
  •  9 helpful votes
  • Posted Jul 22, 2017
Overall Rating
6/7
  • 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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7/7
  • 585

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Vikram Dipankar

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  • Vikram Dipankar
  • Lives in Osmanabad
  • 2 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  4 readers

"Victoria palace" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Verily great place to visit. As the Kolkata is historical place. Kolkata was the capital for Britishers very initially. As East india company was established in the Kolkata.
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Rahul Kumar

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  • Rahul Kumar
  • Lives in Haridwar
  • 3 Reviews
  •  64 readers

"History" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Its a nice place for couples and family. There is a garden outside Victoria Memorial. Here people can relax. Victoria Memorial is a good example of architecture and history. Statues dedicated to Queen Victoria can easily be found. Many photos & information regarding Indian history before Indian Independence can also be found. Overall a nice place to hangout.
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Anand

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  • Anand
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  90 readers

"The Victoria memorial conceived by Lord Curzon"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The Victoria Memorial was built to commemorate the peak of the British Empire in India. The Victoria Memorial, conceived by Lord Curzon, represents the architectural **** of Kolkata city.
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It's very beautiful place I enjoyed a lot and it's very nice experience
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Harshit Pavi

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  • Harshit Pavi
  • Lives in Bhilai
  • 5 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  92 readers

"The architecture is amazing and the detailed description and display of many historical events is ve"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We had a wonderful time in Kolkata and its really city of joy. The architecture, the people, the restaurants and of course rasgulla is beautiful. We visited Kolkata in last week of May so climate was humid during day but the evening was pleasing. Don't forget to visit K. C. Das to taste the real rasgulla.
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Shalini rathi

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  • Shalini rathi
  • 1 Review
  •  92 readers

"The history of the museum and in the museum is very interesting"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's a very beautiful place. It has a very big garden. The architecture of the museum is beautiful and anyone visiting Kolkata should visit the place.
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Rajat gupta

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  • Rajat gupta
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  •  143 readers

"Architectural perfection : The Victoria Memorial"

  • 5.6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Victoria Memorial is a symmetric structure of pristine white marble monument. It's a symbol of architectural perfection. The iconic monument was built between 1906 and 1921, in the memory of Queen Victoria (1819–1901) on the grounds by the banks of Highly River and now a museum. The Victoria Memorial has 25 galleries, which include the royal gallery, the national leaders gallery, the portrait gallery, central hall, the sculpture gallery, the arms and armory gallery and the newer, Calcutta gallery. The gardens cover an area of 64 acres and are maintained by a team of 21 gardeners.

Well, this memorial stands tall in Kolkata and is certainly an architectural wonder. If you are visiting the city, spending time at Victoria Memorial should be a part of your day plan, for sure.
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Abhinash mohanty

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  • Abhinash mohanty
  • 5 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  191 readers

"The Majestic Victoria memorial"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 15, 2017
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
  •  1521 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
  •  3841 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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  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 100 Reviews
  •  162 helpful votes
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"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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