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Location : Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Famed For : Sculptures From Amaravati And Collection Of Bronzes
Opened In : 1851
Closed On : Fridays And National Holidays

Located on Pantheon Road, between Egmore and Anna Salai, the Government museum is a grand repository of ancient historical treasures. It is the first government-sponsored museum in the country opened in Chennai in 1851.The building originally belonged to a group of eminent British citizens, known as the "Pantheon Committee", in charge of improving the social life of the British in Madras. Government Museum, Chennai, tamil Nadu

Museum Collections
Rare collections of Buddhist sculptures from Amaravati along with relics of the Pallava, Chola and Pandya eras can be seen here. The finest collections of bronzes of the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva - Nataraja, Durga, Ganesha from the Chola Empire are a pride of this museum.

The Amaravati collection has panels, pillars, carved railings and Buddha statues of milky white marble from a Buddhist stupa excavated at Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh. Within the complex lie an Art Gallery, Department of Natural History, a Museum Theatre and a Public Library. Especially impressive are the Arms gallery, its pre-historic collection, its philatelic collection, its antique jewellery and the musical instruments collection.


Air: Chennai has an airport with both domestic and international terminals. Regular flights connect Chennai with the major cities within the country and also with countries like USA, Singapore, U.K etc.
Rail: Chennai is well connected by rail with the important towns and cities within and beyond the state.
Road: State transport buses and private buses connect Chennai with the major towns and cities within the country. For local transportation local trains, city buses, auto rickshaws and taxis are also available.


Being the capital city of the state, Chennai is well equipped with various kinds of accommodation options, varying from economic class to luxurious ones.

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