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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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