Visiting The Indian Museum

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The Indian Museum

Being a resident of Kolkata, I know several (read 80%) people who have not visited Indian Museum. Nevertheless, I get to hear “where exactly is this place” or “Mane Jadughor? Sei eskul theke chotobelae nie jachilo, vule gachi” (translation: Went on a school visit during my childhood, don’t remember much). Well, the last time I’ve visited the museum was almost 2 year with my brother and cousin. This time, my best friend visiting the city had demanded a visit to the museum.

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Address:

27, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Colootola, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016

How to Reach:

The easiest way to reach the museum is by the metro. Further, the museum remains closed on Mondays and is open on remaining days of the week from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Map:

The Indian Museum:

The Indian Museum, as we know it, a.k.a Imperial Museum is the largest and oldest multipurpose museum in India as well as in the Asia Pacific. A Danish Botanist, Nathaliel Wallich was the curator, when founded in 1814 by the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Calcutta. The museum has total of 35 galleries under its 6 sections namely Geology, Art, Anthropology, Economic Botany, Archaeology and Zoology.

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Antique hair Pin

I must admit, that we were unable to visit all the galleries.  My initial interest were with the fossils, Mughal paintings, ornaments and ivory antiques.

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Statue

The museum has a Egyptian section where miniature from of Giza is kept along with a mummy. The internal organs of the mummy  have been taken out except the heart, which is kept within a spherical chamber.

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Stone Structure 

The museum also displays inhabitant’s skull from Indus Valley Civilization along with other skeleton of various extinct animals including dinosaurs. Further, there is a coin gallery on the ground floor. For visiting all the sections and areas of the museum it takes about 3 to 4 hours.

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Ivory Sculptor 

I have limited the number of photographs here. Visit the place if you haven’t yet. You will surely love it.

PS: Photography is allowed and free of cost inside the museum but videotaping is not. For capturing video, one must take permission and pay a minimal fee at the ticket counter. The Egyptian section has restriction from both video and photography.


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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh! wow, Well Ia los have the same story. Hahaaa. I mean went to kolkata with the school trip and didn’t saw this museum. but it looks too good to visit.

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    1. Give this place a try, next time you visit Kolkata 🙂

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      1. For sure. It’ll worth it.😊

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  2. mistimaan says:

    Its the pride of our city 🙂

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  3. arv! says:

    I have been to Kolkatta many times but it was only during the recent trip that I started enjoying all that city has to offer. My first visit to Kolkatta was in summer months and I hated being in Kolkatta. Kolkatta has its own way of charming people.

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    1. Take a rain check on Kolkata, during summer 😛

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      1. arv! says:

        Haha. I think January- February is a better choice

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  4. CreativeSiba says:

    Though I am in kolkata since mid of Aug 2016 I am yet to visit the heritage yet.Hope your post inspires me for a quick plan. Nice post 👍🏿

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    1. Thank you 🙂
      Hope you like the visit 😇

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      1. CreativeSiba says:

        I have visited through your eyes 👀
        I mean your writeup and I have written a lot articles/blogs on Kolkattan Beauty

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      2. Thank you sir,
        That means a lot to me 🙂

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      3. CreativeSiba says:

        A friend is always a chosen word for me!
        Can’t I call you a friend.
        I am well conversed in Bengali too

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  5. Awesome! Visited it once again 🙂

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