Address : Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai 600008
Timing : 09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Closed : Fridays and national holidays
Government State Museum Chennai
Located at a distance of half km from Egmore Railway Station, Government State Museum, Chennai is a grand repository of the rich heritage of Indian state of Tamilnadu. The museum is comprised of six individual buildings displaying different antiquities exhibited in 46 galleries. Each building has separate items on display like art, numismatics, archeology, anthropology and some more. The museum has an exclusive collection of around 2000 Indian bronzes and Amaravathi marbles.
The pre-history Gallery of anthropology section depicts the lifestyle of Paleolithic man through lively artifacts. Besides this the section also exhibits the features of copper, bronze and iron ages. Armours, ornaments, agricultural equipments, ancient pottery, utensils and ritual objects help the visitors to understand about the life of primitive South-Indians.
The art section of the museum has a wealthy collection of paintings and sculptures representing both traditional and modern India. In traditional painting, Rajput, Tanjore, Mughal, Kangra and Decanni Schools attract attention whereas in modern paintings Oil, Tempera, Watercolour, Graphic and Acrylic mediums fascinate the visitors. The paintings of famous ancient Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma are displayed with majestic lighting system.
The latest addition to this section is Rock and Cave Art Gallery where Rock and Cave Art usually found in the remote areas can be seen.
In Children's museum multiple options are available for the edutainment of kids'. Sections like Science Gallery, Kids Corner, and Dolls' Gallery add to their amusement.
Each section of this museum has unique artifacts collected, excavated or obtained from different parts of the state or even the country as well.