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Government Museum

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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This majestic complex comprises six buildings and nearly fifty galleries; the impressive works cross every era and branch of science and art, from zoology and anthropology to puppetry, painting and fibre optic sculpture.
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Pantheon Road, Chennai (Madras), India
+91 44 2819 3778
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 19 March 2015

Well..I am great fan of history, historical places and heritage buildings..for me this is awesome and never to be missed to visit..India's second biggest museum and it has everything in it..from kids to adults.. I really like those heritage old buildings and history behind it.....More

14  Thank yaseen_sahar
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 16 February 2015

This musuem is worth to be seen as a testimony of what happens when culture is brought in by foreigners bt not shared by the people. It has probably not changed since British left. Everything is old and dusty, the windows are showing childish rethe...More

7  Thank AnneF36
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited the Government Museum in Chennai, India, which was founded in 1851, and is the 2nd oldest museum in India after the Indian Museum in Kolkata (Calcutta). The museum was built in the Indo-Saracenic style, and has some fabulous archaeological and numismatic collections, and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dimly lit dusty and poor maintenance. Most of the staff were on their mobile phones texting or watching videos. Some of the female staff sitting on the benches meant for public with there legs stretched. The display glasses could be cleaned. Felt sad about the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Museum is a typical government Museum which has a huge scope of improvement but has amazing historical things for viewing. They have sculptures related to Hinduism, Buddhism and jainism along with various fossils and preserved remains which could be a great history lesson for kids....More

Thank ekta s
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a typical government museum, which could have been maintained better. However, one can't blame considering the fact that the entry ticket is only Rs.15. The entire compound is quite vast with multiple buildings and lush green trees nestling fruit bats and other birds....More

1  Thank DAVID J
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Yet another government facility that is dirty and run down. Never seen so many overweight staff doing nothing. Dirt on everything. Lights off in many areas. Floors, picture frames, wall, paths, etc all lacking cleaning. Rubbish not picked up. Silverfish inside art frames. Many items...More

Thank rodhall3199
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Museums generally sound boring. But not the case with Egmore museum. All age groups have something to enjoy here. Firstly for the kids there are two mechanized dinosaurs- one triosaurs and another flying dinosaurs. They are real fun to watch for kids but also for...More

1  Thank Dilip K
Reviewed 16 August 2018

The National Art Gallery of the museum displays the traditional paintings, Indian miniature artworks, paintings of Thanjavur and other antique and traditional paintings.

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Reviewed 4 August 2018

Although many of the displays are not well signed the sheer volume of interesting items and the fantastic historic buildings make the investment of some time a good idea as opposed to more shopping etc

Thank 772Leanne
Reviewed 3 August 2018

I preface this review by saying that this is not a perfectly maintained, shiny, polished museum to learn about things in great detail. That being said, I had a weird and wonderful experience wandering around these buildings for a few hours. It was more like...More

2  Thank SirBritishMike
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Museum is great. Consists of mainly six buildings each having a different subjcts/category of which building number 1 hosts the largest number of artifacts. From painting to modern technology and machinery explained, brass statues, ancients stones and scientific samples and specimens. A great place for...More

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1 August 2018|
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Response from gaurang m | Reviewed this property |
Renovation work is going on but not in bronze gallery( building no. 3) and ancient sculptures(building no. 1) renovation work is undergoing near childrens gallery that is building number 4. Also art gallery(building 5,6) is... More
22 July 2018|
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Yes it is paid parking
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Not that I remember