July 10, 2011

Indian Museum - Kolkata, India

Indian Museum located at Kolkata city of India is the ninth oldest regular museum of the world. It was established in 1814 and shifted to the current building in 1878.

Dinosaur Skeleton and egg
Indian Museum has sections with thirty five galleries of various arts and artifacts. Similar to any other museums, this museum also has a lot of paintings, photographs, few bronze idols, few sculptures, skeleton of animals and birds, fossils, stamps of various countries, old coins from different countries and old kingdoms, armours, etc. However, what makes this museum as the unique one is some of the rare exhibits in this museum which cannot be found anywhere else.

The Egyptian section of the museum has mummy which is around 4000 years old. It is something which you cannot find in any other museum in India. Another highlight of the museum is the section containing the skeletons of many pre-historic animals such as mammoths and dinosaurs.

The Buddhist Stupa of Bharhut is another highlight of the museum. Bharhut is a location in Madhya Pradesh state in India. It is believed that Ashoka would have built this stupa in 3rd century BC. It is also believed that some additions would have been done by Sungas. The artistically beautiful stupas was dismantled and realigned in Kolkata museum.

Although this is an "Indian" museum, the architecture of the building is "Italian". The architecture is beautiful and it is also worth watching.

An elegant museum with a lot of rare artifacts. Don't miss this!

Happy travelling.


Fast Facts:
Site Name: Indian Museum
Site Type: Museum
Location:  Kolkata city, West Bengal state, India 
Highlights: 
One of the most important tourist sites in Kolkata; some rare artifacts including Egyptian Mummy and 3rd century Buddhist stupa
Nearest Railway Station: Kolkata - well connected from the cities/towns all over India
Nearest Airport: Kolkata has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable from Kolkata
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Kolkata
Restaurants: All options - vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, North Indian, Punjabi,....- you can find everything in Kolkata city

Egyptian Mummy


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