MUSEUMS IN WEST BENGAL

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Indian Museum, Kolkata

This museum has a wide range of items on display from Tibetan and temple banners, metal images, ornaments, silver wares, glass wares pottery, ivory and bone work to wooden sculptures. Besides cultural artifacts, the museum also hosts eighty thousand specimens of meteorites, precious stone, ornamental building stones, rocks and mineral and fossils. Address: J.L Nehru Road, Kolkata 700 016. Tel: 2495699, Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 a.m. Closed on Mondays and public holidays Entry Fees: Indians - Rs. 10, Foreigners - Rs.150.

Ashutosh Museum Of Art, Kolkata

Basalt sculptures from Pala and Sena periods are on display here, these sculptures have a distinctive blend of Hindu and Buddhists styles. Adress: Centenary Building, Kolkata University College Street, Kolkata - 700 073 Timings: 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Closed on weekends and public holidays.

Victoria Memorial Museum

Victoria Memorial Museum, Kolkata

This museum houses collections from the British colonial period, including a life - sizes statue of young Queen Victoria. Adress: Cathedral Road, Kolkata - 700 071. Tel: 223 - 1890.Timings on Mondays and public holidays, Entry Fee: Indians - Rs 10, foreigners - Rs 150.

Bangiya Sahita Parishad Chitrasala, Kolkata

The museum exhibits valuable medieval stone and metal sculptures, manuscripts, letters of famous Bengali authors and archeological objects depicting the history and cultures of Bengal.

Birla Academy Of Art And Culture Museum, Kolkata

Painting of the medieval period as well as modern art on display. Regular exhibitions of modern art on display. Regular exhibitions of modern Indian sculptors and painters are also held. Address 108 - 109 Southern Avenue, Kolkata 700 - 029, Timings at 4.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Crafts Museum, Kolkata

Rural arts and crafts of different regions of India including ivories, metal objects and textiles are on display.

Enthnographic Museum, Kolkata

Hunting tools, fishihg gear, dresses and ornaments, furniture, spinning and weaving aids as well as objects relating to art, religion and "magic" are prominent features of the museum.

Nehru Children's Museum, Kolkata

The museum has on display puppets depicting the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, dolls wearing national costumes from different countries, miniatures working models of railway crossings and an elementary science gallery. Adress: 94/1 J.L Nehru, Kolkata - 700 020, Tel - 2233517, Fax: 440 - 3890, Timings: Wednesday to Sunday 11.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Tuesday 2.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Entry fee: Children - Rs 2 and Adults- Rs. 5.

Rabindra Bharati Museum

This museum is the ancestral home of the famous writer and poet Rabindranath Tagore, the only Indian to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Adress: 6/4 D.N. Tagore Lane, Kolkata - 700 007. Tel: 2395241/ 42. Timings: 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Closed on Sundays and Monday. Entry : Indians - Rs 10, Foreigners - Rs.50.

Birla Industrial And Technological Museum, Kolkata

This is India's first public science museum. It has a display of scientific models, hands - on interactive exhibits on scientific phenomenon and models of various industries. Adress: 19A Gurusaday Road. Kolkata - 700 019. Tel: 247- 7241, Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Closed on Mondays and public holidays. Entry fee: Rs. 10.

Asiatic Society Museum, Kolkata

The museum hosts rare, valuable and illustrated manuscript from all over India and South - East Asia. The exhibits on scientific include the Bhabru Rock Edict of Ashoka, copper plates belonging to 11th and 12th century A.D., and the collection of rare books. Adress: 1 Park Street, Kolkata - 700 016. Tel: 2290779/ 7251. Fax: 2260355. Timings: 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.. Closed on weekends and public holidays. Entry: Free.

Kolkata Panorama At Town Hall

The Town Hall, one of the most celebrated architectural edifices of Kalkota now boasts of India's first hi - tech museum. Called the Kolkata Panorama, the state-of -the-art museum portrays and depicts stories of the Kolkata city from its inception through the Bengal Renaissances and the freedom struggle to the present day. Adress: Town Hall, Kolkota, Tel: 2483085 / 248 6165. Timings at 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Closed on Monday and public holidays. Entry fee: Indians - Rs. 10 on weekdays, Rs. 15 on Saturday, Sundays and holidays. Foreigners - Rs. 100.



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