September 6, 2010

Fort Museum - Fort St. George, Chennai, India

Hi Everyone...I am back to Chennai. I will cover few more tourist sites in Chennai before moving to some other city...Let me start with the Museum located inside the Fort St. George.

The construction of Fort St. George in the year of 1639 AD in Chennai city, South India, was one of the landmarks in the history of East India Company. Fort Museum is one of the oldest buildings that is currently present within the premises of Fort St. George. It was completed in the year of 1795 AD. The building was made as a museum and kept open to the public in 1948 AD.

Queen Victoria Painting
Fort Museum is the second attractive museum after Egmore Museum in Chennai city. The museum has three floors fully of antiques. You will be greeted by the marble statue of Lord Cornwallis. Various arms such as daggers, guns, swords, revolvers, canons, and even fragments of shells are found. One particular gallery has full of porcelain materials used by the British people. A small cage is displayed in a gallery. A British soldier who was defeated by Chinese was arrested by them and kept in this small cage for many days. Really unbelievable!

The small cage where the British soldier was kept captive by the Chinese
You can also find some fragments of bomb that fell in Chennai during World Wars. There is a statue of Willington. A good collection of coins and stamps of British period are also found in this museum. The highlight of the museum are the various paintings and portraits of British rulers such as George III and Robert Clive. The most attractive painting is that of Queen Victoria. It is too lively.

The bomb that fell in Madras
You can get an idea about the old Madras (currently named as Chennai), especially Fort St. George and its surrounding, by looking at some of the paintings in this museum. Fort Museum is a place which you must definitely visit in Chennai city. Don't miss this.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: Fort Museum 
Site Type: Museum 
Location: Fort St. George, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India 
1) One of the oldest buildings of British period
2) A museum within the fort 
3) The second most prominent museum of Chennai city
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Chennai has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Chennai city

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  1. Hey,

    I'm in Chennai in November and will definitely use some of your tips!


  2. Thanks for dropping by my blog :D have fun on your future travels

  3. Wow there is some good points of historical interest here I never knew about. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Amazing! My personal favourite is the cage for the soldier - that is just bizarre!

    Happy travels!