Indian Museum of Kolkata

Article on Indian Museum of Kolkata. Get to know about the Location, Visiting Hours, Ticket Price and interior details of Indian Museum of Kolkata, West Bengal.

Location of Indian Museum in Kolkata Kolkata, West Bengal
Visitng Hours / Timings for Indian Museum, Kolkata 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily except Mondays

Attractions of Indian Museum, Kolkata

Art Collection, Rare Antiques, Egyptian Mummy, Buddhist Stupa from Bharhut, Fossil Skeletons of Prehistoric animals, Buddha's Ashes, Collection of Meteorites etc.

Indian Museum of Kolkata established in the year 1814 in The Asiatic Society Building by Dr. Nathaniel Wallich who was a botanist (Denmark). This is one of the oldest one that was established in the world and it is the best/largest in India. Walter B Grawille shifted Kolkata Museum to a new building with Italian Architectural Style in 1875. Total of 60-Galleries in 6-Main Sectors of Art, Archeology, Geology, Anthropology, Zoology and Industry – had opened to the people to visit, in 1878. Nearly 950 sq.mts of area and with 3-Floors, The Kolkata Museum becomes an Independent Institution supported and Funded by State Government and Government of India. The Archaeology & Anthropology departments are placed in the Ground Floor of the museum. Library & Publication unit is just next to Coin Gallery. Coin Gallery has a huge collection of Books (50 thousand) & journals on all possible subjects.

Archaeological Section of Indian Museum, Kolkata

Here you will found the Artifacts (Stone Age) from India and World. Pre-historic antiquities of Mohenjodaro, Harappa has stored here as well. Here are some names of the galleries in this section - Orissan Art, Gandhara , Bharhut, Egyptian, Coins etc.

The collection of Buddhist Stupa with carvings, Scenes of the Life of Buddha stored in Bharhut gallery - These were the contribution of Sir Alexander Cunningham in the year 1874 from Madhya Pradesh. There is an urn, which contains Buddha's ashes. Only for this Kolkata Museum has slowly become a place of pilgrimage. Buddhist Sculptures from Gandhara area & other stone sculptures are in Gandhara gallery.

Egyptian Gallery is the best one which has a 'mummy'(4000-year-old), sculptures, paintings etc. Coin gallery known for the collection of coins from the 5th century B.C. that has showing gold coins issued by Kumaragupta-1, Akbar, Kanishka, Samudragupta, & Jahangir.

Archaeological Anthropological Section of Indin Museum, Kolkata

It exhibits the cultural life of Tribal / Non Tribal people of India, Ornaments and costumes. There is also a gallery of rare musical instruments, Princes and others.


Author: Kumaraditya Sarkar22 Apr 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

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Kumaraditya Sarkar.

Author: Anindya Bhattacharjee22 Apr 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 0

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