Victoria Memorial Overview

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Timing, fees and more


Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
10:00 AM -4:30 PM
10:00 AM -4:30 PM
10:00 AM -4:30 PM
Public Holidays:
10:00 AM -4:30 PM

Famous for: Museums

Entry: paid

95% voted as clean

Not Allowed: Pets

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.

What travellers are saying about Victoria Memorial

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  • Best Time: During DayBest Time: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsLength of visit: During Day
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Review and Ratings

Read 91 Victoria Memorial reviews with average rating of 4.5/5

Pooja sharma4.0/5

1 review

I climbed a tree which was just in front of the mem

The victoria memorial is a very historic place.... There is a small lake in the garden of the victoria memorial .... There is a statue of queen victoria infront of the memorial.......
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Rakesh manna5.0/5

1 review

This is the most historical place and attractive.

Victoria Memorial is a large marble building in kolkata, India,which was built between 1906 and 1921.It is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria and is now a museum and tourist destination under the auspices of the maidan by the bank of the Hooghly River .
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Sumit jha5.0/5

1 review

The peaceful place where we attached with history.

Yes, it is a super sized marble building standing on 57 acres of garden, depicting the history. We can spend hours, walking in the gardens or sit and enjoy with family in one...

Vikram Dipankar5.0/5

2 reviews

Victoria palace

Verrly great place to visit. As the Kolkata is hiatorical place. kolkata was the capital for Britishers very initially. As East india company was established in the kolkata.

Rahul Kumar4.3/5

3 reviews


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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The Victoria memorial conceived by Lord Curzon

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 climax of Kolkata city.... Images may be subject to copyright. It's very beautiful place I enjoyed a lot and it's very nice experience

Harshit Pavi5.0/5

1 review

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

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.

Shalini rathi2.9/5

1 review

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

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.

Rajat gupta4.0/5

2 reviews

Architectural perfection : The Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial is a symmetric structure of pristine white marble monument. Its 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 Hooghly 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 mohanty5.0/5

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The Majestic Victoria memorial

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 Raj-related 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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