Indian Museum was established in 1914. First of its kind and still
the largest in the country. The Museum has six sections Art, Archaeology,
Zoology, and Industry (Economic Botany).
The Art Section comprises Tibetan temple banners, metal images,
enamelled wares, bidriwares, ornaments, silver wares, glass wares,
pottery, ivory and bone work, wooden sculptures, leather objects,
lacquered toys. The Archaeological Section displays stone-age artifacts
from India and abroad, pre-historic antiquities from Mohenjodaro,
Harappa The Anthropological Section displays numerous objects of
material cultures of both tribal and non-tribal peoples of India.
The extensive Geological Section has over 80,000 specimens, displayed
in four galleries showing varieties of meteorites, precious stones,
ornamental building stones, rocks and minerals and fossils. The
Zoological section, is rich with innumerable specimens of insects,
fish, reptiles, mammals and birds. The industrial Section has several
thousand botanical specimens bearing upon medicine, forestry, agriculture
and cottage-industry. The Museum has a publication unit and a library.
: 27, Jawarharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata
Note : Timings : 10.00 to 17.00 (March November)
10.00 to 16.30 (December February)
Opens on all days except Mondays and recognized holidays.
This is specifically ethnographic museum and has on view objects
and specimens related to the different tribal and other communities
of India. The collections on view are especially significant because
of the diversity of subjects and material available.
: Central Museum
Anthropological Survey of India
2 Ripon Street, Kolkata
MUSEUM OF INDIAN ART
On display are basalt sculptures from Pala and Sena periods with
us distinctive blend of Hindu and and buddhist styles, as also sculpted
clay panels from temples of the Vishnupur region.
There are also interesting collections of patachitras, or painted
scrolls from Bengal, playing cards, palm leaf manuscripts, ritual
objects, toys and dolls. The textiles include embroidered Kanthas,
the patchwork and quilting textile technique, and saris from Baluchar
with their quaint figurative designs.
: Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art
University of Kolkata ,Centenary Buldings
The impressive Victoria Memorial houses a collection of the British
colonial period. Visitors are greeted by a life-size statue of young
Victoria (By Sir Thomas Brock). There are enormous oil paintings
in the Royal Gallery, illustrating episodes from queen Victoria's
long, eventful life and reign and a large painting titled "The
Entry of King Edward VII into Jaipur in 1876"(by a Russian
artist). Also on display are books on the 'Raj', sculptures of Clive
and other Governor Generals and a superb collection of paintings.
: Victoroia Memorial Museum
AGRI-HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF INDIA (Garden & Green House)
Agri-Horticultural Society of India was established in 1820 It has
a flower garden, green-houses, a research laboratory and a library.
Organizes annual flower shows and imparts training in horticulture.
: 1, Alipore Road, Kolkata
Note : Timings : 07.00 - 11.00; 15.00 - 17.00
SAHITA PARISHAD CHITRASALA
Bangiya Sahita Parishad Chitrasala was established 1910. Collections
include valuable mediaeval stone and metal sculptures, manuscripts,
letters of famous Bengali author, art and archaeology objects depicting
the history and culture of Bengal.
: 243/1, Archarya Prafulla Chandra Road,
Note : Timings : 13.00 - 19.00
Closed : Thursdays and public holidays.
ACADEMY OF ART AND CULTURE MUSEUM
Birla Academy of Art and Culture Museum was established in 1966.
Collections include paintings of the mediaeval period as well as
modern art and some archaeological specimens. The Museum holds regular
exhibitions of modern Indian sculptors and painters.
: 108-109, Southern Avenue,
Note : Timings : 16.00 - 20.00 (Weekdays)
Sunday hours : 13.00 - 20.00
INDUSTRIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Birla Industrial and Technological Museum was established in 1956
It was built by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research;
deals with basic science and technology: has large number of exhibits,
designed, prepared and fabricated at its own workshop. Galleries
cover models showing Electricity, Nuclear Physics, Iron and Steel,
Optics, Motive Power, Communication and Mining. The Optics Gallery
has since been converted into a Popular Science Gallery. Popular
activities of the Museum include films shows, demonstration-lectures,
hobby activities, periodical programs of sky-observation through
telescopes. Runs several mobile units for the rural areas. Regional
Science Museums at Malda and Purulia operate under this body.
: 19A, Gurusaday Road,
Note : Timings : 10.00 - 17.30. (Tuesday to Sunday )
Crafts Museum was established in 1950.(Formerly of the Indian Institute
of Art in Industry). Collections include rural arts and crafts of
different regions of India including ivories, metal objects and
textiles from West Bengal, Assam, Tripura, Maharashtra, U.P, Haryana,
Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka and TamilNadu. Maintains a good library
and photographic records.
: 9-12, Old CourtHouse Street,
Note : Timings : 10.00 - 17.00 on Weekdays.
Ethnographic Museum was established in 1955 It was built by the
Cultural Research Institute, Govt. of West Bengal. Objects on view
include hunting tools and equipment, fishing gears, dresses and
ornaments, utensils, furniture, spinning and weaving aids and also
objects relating to art, religion and 'magic'. Stores photograph
and tape-records of folk music depicting life-style of the tribes
of this state.
: Cultural Research Institute, Tribal Welfare Development,
Government of West Bengal, New Secretariat Buildings, 1, K. S Roy
Note : Timings : 10.30 - 17.00 only Weekdays.
INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL MUSEUM
Government Industrial and Commercial Museum was established in 1939.
Collections include handicrafts, cottage and small-scale industry
products of West Bengal. Distributed over eight sections covering
textiles, dolls and toys, handicrafts, commercial products, models
and statistical charts. Runs a library and a free reading room.
Activities include exhibitions guide-lecture services and symposia.
: 45, Ganesh Chandra Avenue,
Note : Timings : 10.30 - 17.30 only on Weekdays
Saturday: 10.00 -13.00 hrs.
SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE MUSEUM
This Museum is run by the Regional Labor Institute, Ministry of
Labor and Employment, Govt. of India. Exhibits depict industrial
safety devices, different classes of health hazards and remedial
measures, accident prevention method including occupational health.
Organizes safety training programs for workers.
: Lake Town, Patipukur,
Note : Timings : 10.00 - 17.00 except Second Saturday and
OF PORT MANAGEMENT MUSEUM
Collects and displays different aspects with special reference to
the problems of Kolkata Port Trust and the Hooghly river channel.
Displays models of dredgers, lock-gate systems, berths and modern
: Institute of Port Management, 40 Circular Reach Road,
MUSEUM, JUTE TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH LABORATORIES, I. C. A. R.
Jute Museum, Jute Technological Research Laboratories, I. C. A.
R. was established :1936. A Departmental Museum under the Indian
Council of Agricultural Research; displays various facets of the
jute and allied fabrics, charts showing chemical properties , structure
and machining of the fibre, also decorative, industrial and household
products derived from jute. Popular with research workers, technologists,
foreign traders and tourists interested in information about jute
and jute fabrics.
: 12, Regent Park,
Note : Timings : 10.00 - 17.00 only on Weekdays.
Municipal Museum was established in 1932. Run by the Corporation
of Kolkota. It has got some displays on public and civil health
and indigenous products.
: College Street Market (North Block),
Note : Timings : 10.30 - 17.00 Closed on Sundays and other
MUSEUM : Netaji Research Bureau
Netaji Museum was established 1961. Collections kept in the ancestral
house of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose include personal effects, photographs,
letters of Netaji and other documents. The Bureau also sells books
written on Netaji. Has a good collection of photographs and documents
on India's struggle for freedom.
: 38/2, Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani,
Note : Timings : 16.00 - 20.00 (Weekdays); 09.00 - 12.00(Sundays)
Nehru Children's Museum was established in 1972. Collections include
puppets depicting the Ramayana and the Mahabharata dolls wearing
national costumes from different countries. Miniature working models
of railway crossings and other novelties and an elementary science
: 94/1, Chowringhee Road,
Note : Timings : 12.00 - 20.00. Closed on Monday.
Rabindra Bharati Museum was established in 1961. Located in the
ancestral house of Rabindranath Tagore and attached to the Rabinda-Bharati
University. Depicts the Renaissance Movement of Bengal in the 19th
Century and the role of the members of Tagore family therein. A
major section deals with the life and works of the poet. Has a rich
collection of books, original paintings, mauscripts, photographs
and other items related to the leading personalities of the 19th
century such as Iswar Chanda Vidyasagar and Dwarkanath Tagore. Sells
nicely printed sets of cards.
: 6/4, Dwarkanath Tagore Lane,
Note : Timings : 10.00 -19.00(Weekdays): 11.00 - 14.00
(Sundays and holidays; 19.00 - 20.00 on special occasions).