Government Museum
Government Museum
3.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • podrozniczka60
    New Jersey14,838 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Comparable to Cairo museum
    This museum could use many upgrades and some cleanup, painting or modernization, but it is so interesting and fantastic that it gets a “five” anyhow. I loved the historical sections, temple art, bronze sculptures. Amazing collection! It vividly reminds me of the old Cairo Museum in its wealth and value of the collection. Same quality just different continent. Best if possible is to have a guide. The collection is huge and impossible for one day to digest. On top of it all the old British buildings are pieces of architectural art themselves.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Sudesh
    Matara, Sri Lanka1,300 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lean history
    There are plenty of things to see. Very rich in historical items. Probably minimum half a day require to get to know all. Things could organized better way to give much awareness to the visitors. And other facilities also.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Arvind Venkataraman
    22 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Depressingly Maintained, But an Amazing Historic Collection in an Amazing Building
    This museum is easily some of the most beautiful architecture in Chennai. There is a treasure trove of carvings, bronzes, old weapons and coins, but the museum is not well maintained, the staff is not knowledgable and they dont let you take photos (probablly so that guests dont realize the sorry state of this museum). This was originally built 100 years ago and I doubt Indian government put much time love nor care into it in the century thereafter. Entire exhibits are missing. During a rainy day its impossible to access some areas. Poor signage. Staff isnt knowledgable and is on their phones even though you cannot be. Truly an amazing historical collection from all over india, just Depressed / Angry at how little the TN / India Government cares about our heritage
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 January 2024
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Arvind Venkataraman
22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
This museum is easily some of the most beautiful architecture in Chennai. There is a treasure trove of carvings, bronzes, old weapons and coins, but the museum is not well maintained, the staff is not knowledgable and they dont let you take photos (probablly so that guests dont realize the sorry state of this museum). This was originally built 100 years ago and I doubt Indian government put much time love nor care into it in the century thereafter. Entire exhibits are missing. During a rainy day its impossible to access some areas. Poor signage. Staff isnt knowledgable and is on their phones even though you cannot be. Truly an amazing historical collection from all over india, just Depressed / Angry at how little the TN / India Government cares about our heritage
Written 4 January 2024
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Stay41319229121
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Today we went to government musuem its a very good place and. Amazing the entrance is very good and standards
Written 29 November 2023
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Kate1953
37 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Apart from the Chola bronzes, the rest was in a dreadful state of disrepair. Exhibits missing, lighting so dim it was hard to see the exhibits. A waste of time and money. We were told it was "maintained" by the Federal Government in Delhi, not the State Government. Such a structural masterpiece going to rack and ruin.
Written 5 September 2023
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ1,911 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
At the Government Museum of Chennai, you can see a lot: Interesting old building architecture, ancient works of art and historic items that are spread out throughout this facility.
Written 14 July 2023
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Sudesh
Matara, Sri Lanka1,300 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
There are plenty of things to see. Very rich in historical items. Probably minimum half a day require to get to know all.
Things could organized better way to give much awareness to the visitors. And other facilities also.
Written 14 April 2023
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,838 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This museum could use many upgrades and some cleanup, painting or modernization, but it is so interesting and fantastic that it gets a “five” anyhow. I loved the historical sections, temple art, bronze sculptures. Amazing collection! It vividly reminds me of the old Cairo Museum in its wealth and value of the collection. Same quality just different continent.
Best if possible is to have a guide. The collection is huge and impossible for one day to digest.
On top of it all the old British buildings are pieces of architectural art themselves.
Written 5 March 2023
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intrepid spacewoman spiff
Chennai (Madras), India19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
The building, the collection, architecture, every single thing about this place is steeped in rich history of India the Government museum itself is divided into various sections housing a plethora of stone and metallic artifacts. the added bonus is children's museum that houses toys and various things of a child's interest in a chronological order
Written 25 December 2022
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This place is absolutely HUGE! Several sprawling buildings house the excellent displays on all subjects from history, plant, animal, culture, everything! Some of the displays are in serious need to maintenance, though. You could easily spend several days here.
Written 23 February 2022
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Joseph Carlton
London, UK8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Business
The museum is an fantastic gothic building and stands out. The collection is quite fascinating. I spent the most time in Bronze statues. Don't miss the sections of bronze from Chola period. Quite a memorable visit.
Written 13 May 2021
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sheetal
London, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
I am an art lover and how come someone skip the Chola bronzes and you get to see some of the most exquisite pieces of that period. Dancing Nataraja, Kalyansunder, different saints, deity etc all casted painstakingly in bronze. Its just in the centre of city.
Written 11 January 2021
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