Indian Museum Kolkata

Indian Museum Kolkata
Vital Information for Visitors

Indian Museum, 27, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal

Open & Close:

Open on all days except on Monday, Republic Day, Independence Day, Holi, Dussehra, Diwali, Id-ul-Fitr & Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Day

Visiting Timing:

10:00 AM -05:00 PM

Entry Fees:

INR 20 pp – for Indians

INR 500 pp – for foreigners


1-2 Hours


Building is an architectural amalgam of Italian & Indian styles

An imposing Italian style building in Chowringhee, Indian Museum, with the usual features, has numerous exhibits of the relics of the ancient civilization of Mohenjodaro and Harappa and also a rich collection of items of Buddhist era. It is the richest museum in Asia. The Indian Museum of Kolkata in West Bengal is considered pioneer among the museums in India. It is one of the most fascinating and magical museums of India. It is the oldest and largest multi-purpose museum in the Asian Pacific region. The contribution & success of Indian Museum led to creation of large number of museums, approximately 400 museums, in the country. The construction of Indian Museum made it a national topic of interest and people demanded more museums to protect local & regional cultural heritage. In fact, this museum is regarded as the Institution of National Importance by the Constitution of India. One can find enough credentials of Indian heritage and culture here. The museum was specifically termed magical because the things that were kept inside the museum made it look like magical. Indian Museum is depiction of socio-cultural and scientific achievements of the country. People also considered the construction of the museum as the end of medieval era and beginning of modernity. A Danish botanist, Nathaniel Wallich, was the curator or founder of the museum. The museum is run & managed under the Ministry of Culture of Government of India as an autonomous organisation.

The Indian Museum in Kolkata, the ninth oldest museum in the world, was built in 1814 AD in the Park Street area. This museum is the largest in the country when it comes to storing artefacts and antiques. In Kolkata, Indian Museum is also called Jadu Ghar by local Bengali populace. The collection of the botanical, geological, and archaeological objects of this museum is beyond impressive. The remains of the Harappan civilisation, Buddha’s ashes, meteorites, Shah Jahan’s emerald goblet, human embryos, fossil, skeletons, mummies, ornaments, Mughal paintings and many other exotic-cum-astonishing objects are kept in the gallery of Indian Museum. It has around one lakh exhibits in the store. It is one of the best places to know more about the Indian history. The work of the museum focuses on education, publication, preservation, presentation, modelling, photography, library, and medical. There is also a shop inside the museum that sells books for the kids, art albums, picture postcards, photographs etc. There is also a library inside the museum that has over 50,000 books.

The architectural style of the museum is blend of Italian & Indian. The museum is segmented into six departments dedicated to arts, archaeology, geology, anthropology, zoology, and economic botany. It has approximate sixty galleries inside the museum. There is a library and a work shop, dedicated to history, within the museum. There are different galleries in the museum. Gandhara Gallery represents sculptures from the Gandhara School of Arts. Bharhut Gallery has architectural remains of Bodh Gaya. The Bronze Gallaery stores and depicts sculptures from the second century AD. The Coin Gallery has a unique collection of coins.

There are different names given to this museum like Asiatic Museum Society, Imperial Museum, and also the Indian Museum. The museum is closed on Mondays and on every public holiday. The entry fees are different for Indian nationals and foreigners. From March to November, the museum opens from 10 AM to 5 PM. The timing during December to February is 10 AM to 4.30 PM. It is located in the Asiatic Society at the Park Street. This one is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kolkata. One requires at least two hours exploring the museum. The best time to visit is during the months of October to March. People who are interested in history and love to take photographs visit Indian Museum in sizeable numbers.

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