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Government Museum

Pantheon Road, Chennai (Madras), India
+91 44 2819 3778
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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.
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  • Very good40%
  • Average26%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Pantheon Road, Chennai (Madras), India
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"bronze sculptures"
in 7 reviews
"whale skeleton"
in 4 reviews
"public library"
in 6 reviews
"contemporary art gallery"
in 3 reviews
"raja ravi varma paintings"
in 3 reviews
"ancient things"
in 3 reviews
"history buff"
in 3 reviews
"egmore railway station"
in 7 reviews
"camera ticket"
in 3 reviews
"on display"
in 10 reviews
"poor maintenance"
in 9 reviews
"huge collection"
in 5 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 13 reviews
"rich heritage"
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"drinking water"
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"indian history"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museums are well worth a visit.Allow at least two hours.The buildings are very hot so get there early.Sadly the buildings are not well maintained.Entrance fees for foreign ers is 250 rupees with a fee of 200 rupees if you have a camera.

Thank David H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The only thing worth seeing is the collection of bronze artifacts. The art gallery is very small. Obviously no one cares about it . The staircase has half an inch of dust that hasn’t seen a broom in a decade. The whole complex is dull...More

Thank Lovetotraveldubai
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great stop to indulge in some local history. This museum is extremely accessible and has wonderful displays ranging from snakes to geology to geography. some of the displays from areas around the world (check out the winter wear on the Hawaii display...More

Thank Christine Z
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lot of 'stuff' there and interesting to browse through it for a while, but for me, an hour was enough.

Thank Ann M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum complex is composed of many different types of exhibitions. If you are interested in Indian art and history, go straight to the sculpture galleries on the 2nd floor and then to the bronze sculpture exhibition that is in a separate building. You will...More

Thank Eric G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum has a wide variety of collections of everything ranging from sculptures , artifacts . to weaponry and fossils . The sculptures present here are antique and many are more than a thousand years old, some older than that .You must not miss the...More

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Reviewed 30 December 2017

it will take two hours to visit entire place. good place to hangout with kids. dinosaur is superb.one of top ten attraction in chennai

Thank ravikumartalara
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

There was a wide collection of artefacts over the centuries mainly from South India. Generally well documented - but overall the facility could be upgraded.

Thank Cherianthomas
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Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

What can one say about Indian museums that hasn't been said before? Some of the most stunning examples of art from antiquity kept in rather sad conditions of public display. The Madras Museum is no exception, sadly. Its musty exhibits and ill-maintained display cases however...More

Thank Musafir69
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

Visited this museum despite the many negative reviews listed out on Tripadvisor. There are many impressive pieces of art, some are more than a thousand year old, such as the bronze and stone statues. The Ravi Verma paintings were also quite impressive. Particularly also liked...More

Thank GeethaBasappa
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harryibm
22 December 2017|
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Opening times are 09.30-17.00 all days, except on Friday’s which remains closed.
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missjaani
8 December 2017|
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Opening times are 09.30-17.00 all days, except on fridays which remains closed
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nakeerankru
26 November 2017|
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I’m not sure. I recommend you to contact the museum head office for further information. I guess they would make special offer for you.
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