Address : 1, Queen's Way, Kolkata-700071
Timing : 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Closed : Monday and Public Holidays
Built between 1906 and 1921, the Victoria Memorial is a huge marble structure built in the memory of Queen Victoria, who was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The man behind the memorial Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India and a visionary, however, didn't see the building as just another grand building to trumpet British hegemony, but instead wanted it to be a center of intellectual emancipation that will throw light about the past and guide the future generation. He believed that the memorial will not just serve the city, but also the national and international community.
Easily one of the most talked about and popular museums in India, it has in total 25 galleries with the royal gallery, national leaders gallery, arms and armory gallery, and the latest Calcutta gallery being the prominent ones. Paintings of Thomas Daniell, the famous English painter, are a major attraction at the memorial. The place is also a treasure trove for book enthusiasts as there are a number of rare and antiquarian books by Shakespeare, Omar Khayyam and Wajid Ali Shah. The themes of these books range from literature to dance to science. If you want to look back at the history of Calcutta and learn how it has evolved, the Calcutta gallery is the place for you - there are a number of visual displays with interesting anecdotes that will keep you glued.