The Pantheon complex was built as place of assemblage by the British. Later the Government bought it and was transformed into the Government Museum, the National Art Gallery and the Connemara Public Library.
The Government Museum/ Madras museum, was established in1857, has a vibrant collection of South Indian bronzes, both ancient and modern, including the beautiful bronze icons of Nataraja, Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman. The Madras museum is the oldest museum in India, exhibits items related to the human history and culture.
The Amaravati Gallery is a major attraction of the museum, the rare second century marble sculptures which portrays the various events in the life of Gautama Buddha. These sculptures were unearthed from the Buddhist ruins at Amaravati. The bronzes from the 10th and 13th centuries and handicrafts from the 11th and 12th centuries also are also exhibited here.
There are 6 different galleries host a huge range of display such as contemporary art, natural history, bronze sculpture, anthropology, ancient stone carving, paintings, animal, bird and Reptiles remains on display. The museum has an exclusive gallery for Armoury such as Guns, Sword and other war equipment. There is a gallery dedicated for Kids which displays items related to the evolution to the new scientific inventions.
Housed in the same building, the National Art Gallery exhibits some beautiful paintings that include 16th and 18th century ones from Rajasthan, the Mughal period and 17thcentury Deccan art. The complex is open for visitor from 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM and will be closed on Fridays. There is an entry fee of Rs.15.00 for adults and Rs. 10.00 for children.
General: +91-44-2819 3238
Director of Museums: +91-44-2819 3778
More info: www.chennaimuseum.org
Indian/foreigner 15/250 INR
Camera/video 200/500 INR
9.30 AM-5:00 PM Sat-Thu
Chennai International Airport 18.1 km.
Chennai Central Bus Stand 4.3 km.
Chennai Central Railway Station 4.1 km.
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