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Museums in Chennai

Chennai is a city which is very known for its culture, architecture and museums in India. There are a number of museums in Chennai. The first government funded museum, was opened in Chennai in the year 1851.  

There are a number of museums, and some of the most famous ones are the art museums, that have a rich collection of paintings and sculptures.

The theme of these, vary from the various work of Raja Ravi Varma, and others famous paintings under varied rulers like the Mughal and Rajput. 

Most of the paintings portray the court scenes, and there are various works of the British Governors and Governor Generals, when India was under the British rule. Both traditional and modern paintings are displayed in the museums.

Government Museum in Chennai

Building of Government Museum in ChennaiThis museum dates back to the year 1851, and the approvals for the museum, where obtained by the British Governor, from the East India Company. 

The museum has 46 galleries and houses, two very famous artifacts, one being the sculpture of Amravati and the various bronze objects.

The bronze objects belong to the Pallava, Chola and the Chalukya periods. 

The museum has different sections, such as Archaeology section, Biology section, Children’s museum and even an art gallery.

The museum is a distance of half a kilometre from the Egmore railway Station and is 2 kilometres away from the Central Railway Station. It is situated at a distance of 20 Kilometers from Meenambakkam AirPort.

Fort St George Museum in Chennai

Building of St George Museum in ChennaiThe museum of Fort St George is a very famous museum in Chennai, which are often visited by tourist around the world. 

The museum came into existence in the year 1948, initially the museum had started collecting artifacts, that were bestowed, by the British Raj, but later it started collecting objects, from varied sources.

Many of the objects on display are items that were used for the war, such as; pistols, cannons, swords and daggers. 

There is a lot of crockery on display, which were used by, the officers of the East India Company. The museum is open on all, days for visitors except Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.

Regional Railway Museum in Chennai

A train model kept outside the regional railway station in ChennaiThis museum came into existence in the year 2002 and is located in Perambur. The museum houses a number of vintage coaches and steam engines. 

Most of the artifacts, on display dates back to more than hundred years. The majority of the engines, where manufactured by the British locomotive company.

Tourists, who travel to Chennai, are not aware of the presence of this museum and it is in the need for more publicity.

At present this museum has joy rides for children, so that they can learn about our rich history and the artifacts that date back, during the British rule.

Other Museums in Chennai:

Rukmini Devi Museum in Chennai

This museum is devoted to, Rukmini Devi Arundale, the originator of Kalakshetra. The objects on display are the one’s collected by Rukmini Devi herself, and these include household items, paintings and sculptures. 

Many of the artefacts on display were used by her such as furniture, sarees and her tableware. Some of the items were gifted to her, by her aficionados, and these have been received, from all over the world.                                

Barathi Memorial Museum in Chennai

The museum is located in Pondicherry and was the house of the famous Tamil Poet Subramania Bharati. The famous artifacts of this museum include ancient manuscripts, letters and photographs all associated to Subramania Bharati.

Chennai is a city that stands out, in every field, whether it is culture, education and its museums. A trip to these famous museums, often open our eyes, and we learn so much about the life our forefathers have lived, and the dedication of many people to make it distinct.

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