Indian Museum
Museum type :
History Museum

Established in :

Holidays :
Every MONDAY, Republic day,Independence day and Holi Festivals.

Visiting Hours :
March to November: 10 am to 5 pm December to February:10am to 4.30pm

Contact No :
+91-33- 2249 9902 / 2249-9979 /2249-5696

Location :
Kolkata , India

Display Objects :

The collection is particularly rich in Mughal paintings depicting primarily portraits, book illustrations and varied scenes of court and palace life.

There is also a rich collection of miniature paintings from various parts of India.

Description :

  • The Indian Museum was founded by Dr Nathaniel Wallich a Danish botanist at Serampore near Kolkata, India, in 1814.

  • It is a multi-disciplinary institution of national standing and is one of oldest museums in the world. This was the first museum of its kind in Asia.

  • From 1814 to 1878, it was located at the premises of Asiatic Society in Kolkata, but has since moved to its own premises in the city.

  • It occupies a resplendent mansion, and exhibits among others: an Egyptian mummy, the Buddhist stupa from Bharhut, the Buddha's ashes, the Ashoka pillar, whose three-lion symbol became the official emblem of the Republic of India, fossil skeletons of prehistoric animals like dinosaurs, an art collection, rare antiques, and a collection of meteorites.