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Built In : 1907
Built By : T. Namberumal Chetty
Displays : 11th And 12th Century Indian Handicrafts, 17th Century Deccan Paintings, 16th To 18th Century Mughal And Rajasthani Paintings And 10th And 13th Century Bronzes

The Pantheon Complex in Chennai was built before 1789 and was a place of assemblage for the British till the Government in 1830 bought it. Later, several new buildings were added to it. Today, this complex houses the Government Museum, the National Art Gallery and the Connemara Public Library.

On Display
The National Art Gallery was based on the Henry Irwin design and was built in 1907, by T. Namberumal Chetty. The building itself is one of the finest pieces of architecture in Chennai. Inspired by Mughal architectural motifs, the design work is most impressively showcased on the facade.

On display in this pink sandstone-faced building are 11th and 12th century Indian handicrafts, 17th century Deccan paintings, 16th to 18th century Mughal and Rajasthani paintings and 10th and 13th century bronzes.

Tourist Information

Closed On: Fridays and National holidays.


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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