Brimming with history and soaked in culture, DakshinaChitra Museum is a living history museum in Tamil Nadu and is located on the outskirts of Chennai. This tourist attraction is an ideal place to visit in South India to get an insight of the rich culture, imposing architecture, enticing lifestyle, and fascinating arts of Southern India. The museum was established by Madras Craft Foundation (MCF) on 14 December 1996 with an aim to impart, promote, and to conserve the opulent cultures of South India amongst people and that too through a participative and engaging method. For tourists, the museum boasts a collection of 18 historical houses along with contextual display in each of it, representing the living culture and style of South India. The fascinating thing about these vernacular style heritage houses is that all of these are bought from their owners and were reconstructed here only by Sthapathis artisans. When it comes to sightseeing, this campus-like-museum brags several artefacts along with a collection of journals, folklore, arts, anthropology, and crafts of South India that makes this place one of the best museums in South India for tourists to know about the region's culture and its way of living. For a better insight, the museum has more than 1,00,000 pictures to represent Southern India’s culture, traditional crafts, architecture, and lifestyle. Apart from the exhibition, the museum is also known for hosting cultural dance performance for tourists and workshops for crafts training like that of, necklace crafting, basket weaving, indigo dying, and puppet show.
Opens all day except Tuesday: 10 AM to 6 PM
- 18 heritage houses cum galleries of Sthapathis architecture
- Cultural dance
- Workshop for traditional crafts