Government Museum, Chennai

Government Museum | One of the best places to visit in Chennai

LocationPantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai (Map)
Entry Fee & TimingsIt opens 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM All Days, Closed on Friday. The entry fee for Indians is INR 15 and for foreigner INR 250.
Place TypeGovt. Museum & Memorials, Museum and Gallery
Place visit withFamily, Kids, Friends, Solo, Parants, Siblings, Youngsters
Best time to visitMay, June, July, August
Nearest MetroMGR Central (Chennai Central) Metro Station (1 KM) Government Estate Metro Station (2 KM) LIC Metro Station (1 KM) Thousand Lights Metro Station (1 KM) Nehru Park Metro Station (1 KM) Kilpauk Medical College Metro Station (2 KM) Pachaiyappa College Metro Station (2 KM)

About Government Museum

The Government Museum in Chennai is one of the most popular landmarks in the city. It is actually the second oldest museum in India after the Indian Museum in Kolkata and the tenth oldest in the world. It was founded by Scottish surgeon Edward Balfour, an ardent Orientalist who pioneered forest conservation and public health in India. The museum is known as the Pantheon Complex, or "Public Assembly Hall". It has the largest collection of Roman antiquities outside Europe.

Architecture of Government Museum

The museum covers an area of ​​approximately 16.25 acres (66,000 m) of land which includes six buildings and 46 galleries. The objects on display in the museum include various artifacts and objects covering various fields including archaeology, numismatics, zoology, natural history, sculptures, palm leaf manuscripts and Amaravati paintings.

Interesting facts about Government Museum

  1. There is also a book shop inside the State Museum where cheap books are available.
  2. It is primarily a semicircular structure with a rectangular wing at the back. The main hall is accessed through a verandah consisting of a row of pillars connected by semicircular arches.
  3. The museum is known for its rich archaeological and numismatic collection.
  4. The collection includes a series of old sculptures brought from different states of India. Statue of Nataraja, the center of attraction The museum houses a huge array of coins which were used by different states of India in the last 1000-2000 years.

How to reach Government Museum

By air:- The distance between Chennai Airport and Government Museum is 16 kilometers or 9.9 miles or 8.6 nautical miles. From here you can go comfortably.

By bus:-These Bus lines stop near Government Museum, Chennai: 10A, 127B, 17D, 23C, 23J, 27D, 27H, 37 (37G).

By train:-Chennai Egmore Railway Station is 2 km away from the Government Museum, from here you will get a taxi or cab that will take you to the museum.

Nearby famous places

  • National Art Gallery 5 minutes away
  • Sacred Heart Shrine 5 minutes away
  • Children Museum 5 minutes away
  • Connemara Public Library 6 minutes away
  • Kapaleeshwarar Temple 2.9 km away
  • Parthasarathy Temple 3.1 km away
  • Kamakshi Amman Temple 2.2 km away
  • Shirdi Sai Baba Temple 4.1 km away
  • Ramakrishna Temple 4.6 km away
  • Chetpet EcoPark 32 minutes away
  • Egmore Wesley Church 22 minutes away

Government Museum FAQs:

𝒜. It is located at Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai.

𝒜. Entry fee and timings information of the Government Museum: It opens 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM All Days, Closed on Friday. The entry fee for Indians is INR 15 and for foreigner INR 250..

𝒜. You should visit Government Museum during May, June, July, August months for best experience.

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