Government Museum

Government Museum, Chennai: Hours, Address, Government Museum Reviews: 3.5/5

Government Museum
3.5
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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3.5
349 reviews
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Average
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Joseph Carlton
London, UK9 contributions
Gothic building and good collection
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
Great Chola bronzes
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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jgkrishnan
Chennai, India25 contributions
Museum to visit at Chennai
Feb 2020
It is in heart of the city. Nice collections. Good arrangements. Parking facility available. Must see location.
Written 9 January 2021
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Gayathri P
Chennai, India78 contributions
Very Informative and must visit place
Feb 2020
One of the well organised and maintained museum in TamilNadu, India.
They have seperate wings and galleries for each section and they have
exclusive kids museum which will be good learning cum fun for kids.
connemara library is also located and functioning in this premises.
Written 11 March 2020
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Honisoiquimalypense
Derby, UK1,357 contributions
Neat (fabulous) bronze section.
Mar 2020 • Couples
We paid a flying visit to this Museum to see the famous Chola bronzes. This is a superb collection of bronzes spread over 2 floors, some dating back over 1000 years. Lost of depictions do Shive, Vishnu and Parvati. The most famous is the Ardhanarishvara bronze which is half Shiva ( male right half) and Shakti (female left half) each with their respective sensual attributes!
We had no time to see anything else - there were neat buildings there but some needing repair!
Written 6 March 2020
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Wil Chung
Crewe, UK658 contributions
Mixture of great and awful
Mar 2020 • Solo
Visited here solo to take in more of Indian and Tamil life. The museum is made up of a number of buildings each with their own unique galleries. The cost for foreigners is 250 (Indians is just 15). I understand a "tourist tax" but the multiple is huge!
The good first - bronze exhibits, stone sculptures and contemporary arts were gorgeous.
Whilst pretty much everything else was terrible. The natural history exhibits were very old and not really well looked after, whilst the children's museum is pretty laughable (see picture of Indian costumes)
It is a good way to spend some time in Chennai, I was just expecting more. Not angry, just disappointed.
Written 1 March 2020
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Cathy
Paris, France3 contributions
Outstanding
Feb 2020 • Business
The building is magnificent and so is the bronze collection. I spend a couple of hours just at the bornzw sculpture section. Very good place to spend a couple of hours
Written 26 February 2020
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aureliolorusso
ANDRIA ITALY1,037 contributions
see it
Dec 2019
it s an interesting experiene to see the museums,you can begin to study indian art and indian culture
Written 8 February 2020
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Mrudula
111 contributions
Suburb of chennai
Aug 2019
This is the very old museum in chennai and the architecture is built as in the Indo-Sarcenic style and it has huge collection of articles
Written 21 January 2020
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1777NT
Thirsk, UK329 contributions
A typical dull drab Indian Museum
Dec 2019
From the far north of India to the deep south and everywhere in between there a dull drab poorly maintained crumbling buildings purporting to be marvellous museums. The general trend (and I have been coming to India since 1982) is to have little to no illumination, poor signage, glass cases that haven't been cleaned for decades. Nothing to try to attract visitors.
The Chennai Government Museum was terrible, construction work going on all over the site, some excavated trenches that had clearly been open for years, filthy inside the building, a large percentage of it "closed for renovation" - by the look of it, for the last ten years. No refreshment facilities, no information for visitors, a few staff asleep on stools scattered around this dire failure, and NO air-conditioning, which incidentally is useful for exhibits as well as visitors.
The system is obviously in need of serious financial input, a good way to start is to have suitable money raising add-ons, like restaurants, souvenir shops, rather than rip-off the foreigners with the disgusting system of charging them considerably more than locals. Hope British Cathedrals/Museums latch on to that gimmick !!
It's a disgrace that such a valuable collection of Cholla Bronzes are impossible to see.
Written 7 January 2020
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