Been to Kolkata and not been to the oldest and the largest museum on the country! Seems a little unfair! Isn’t it?
I am talking about none other than the INDIAN MUSEUM.
The Indian Museum in Kolkata, built in 1875 is by far India’s biggest museum and is ranked as one of the best in Asia. You will be spell bound by the sheer variety of collections ranging from a room full of meteorites to fossils and skeletons of prehistoric animals. The museum also showcases rare paintings and artifacts of ancient and modern India.
The Egyptian mummy draws hordes of visitors. As far as historical antiquities are concerned the museum is a virtual treasure trove with a splendid collection of 50,000 coins and many Buddhist artifacts, which keep the visitors spell bound.
One of the prized possessions of the Indian Museum is the ash remains of Lord Buddha.
The Museum is an impressive building built in the Italian style of architecture. The Museum has over 60 galleries divided into six main sectors as – Art, Anthropology, Archaeology, Geology, Industry and Zoology.
Entering the Museum, one first comes across the history of evolution of man. From the pre-historic days, the evolution of man has been chronologically exhibited here. Several antics of Mohenjodaro and Harappa are also preserved here. There are collections of coins, dresses and stones. In a nutshell, the museum in Calcutta reveals the life and culture of Indians from the hoary antiquity till date.
The museum is a must visit site especially for children as they learn about the evolution of man from pre-historic times.
It is situated in Chowringhee on Jawaharlal Nehru Road. One can board the underground Metro Rail and disembark at Park street station. Local buses and taxis are available from various points of the city.
Don’t forget to drop in either of Shahid Minar, BBD Bagh, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Birla Planetarium and not to forget Victoria Memorial when you are visiting Indian Museum. All these places are worth your time!
But ya don’t make your plans to be at Indian Museum on after 5 pm and before 10 am as the museum is closed then. And even watch out whether if it’s a Monday ‘coz that’s a holiday for them!