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  • Address: 486 Pantheon Rd, Chennai, India
  • Hours: Sat–Thurs: 9:30am - 5pm
  • Admission: Indians: Rs 15; Foreigners: Rs 250; Students: Rs 75

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Government Museum

Government Museum is a bit of a misnomer, as the complex of 6 structures and 46 galleries houses Chennai’s best collection of scientific and artistic artifacts. This includes the most impressive collection of Pallava and Chola bronze sculptures (dating back to the 10th and 13th centuries) anywhere in the world. The Chola Nataraj depicts the god Shiva dancing in a circle of cosmic fire. Some of the displays and informational placards are a bit dated, but for those with even a mild interest in Indian art, the Government museum is certainly worth a stop.

Come in the morning when the museum opens to avoid the tour bus crowds. Take some time to walk the grounds and take in the detail of the structures themselves, particularly the recently renovated Museum Theatre. Several sculptures and old cannons can be found scattered between and around the main buildings. If you time your visit right, you can catch a performance in the Museum Theatre.

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Private Chennai Tour: San Thome Church, Kapaleeshwar Temple, Marina Beach and Ripon Building, ... 
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Private Chennai Tour: San Thome Church, Kapaleeshwar Temple, Marina Beach and Ripon Building

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Tour the beautifully and culture-rich city of Chennai on the Bay of Bengal. You will visit several religious sites including the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Private Day Tour: Chennai City Tour of Museum, Art Gallery, Temple Kalakshetra and Beach, Chennai, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Day Tour: Chennai City Tour of Museum, Art Gallery, Temple Kalakshetra and Beach

Explore the Chennai city on this day-trip. You will have the chance to visit one of the longest beaches in the world, Marina Beach. You will also catch a ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Chennai Shore Excursion - Full Day Private Chennai Guided City Tour, Chennai, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Chennai Shore Excursion - Full Day Private Chennai Guided City Tour

Chennai or Madras as it was called before, is a metropolitan city blessed with a wealth of tourist attractions. During this 8-hour tour with a professional ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.00
Private Tour: Chennai Sightseeing Including Fort St George and Government Museum, Chennai, Ports of ... 
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Private Tour: Chennai Sightseeing Including Fort St George and Government Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 36 Reviews

On this private sightseeing tour of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, discover the city’s architectural diversity with visits to popular landmarks ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.75
Private Tour: Half-Day Chennai Sightseeing with Government Museum and Kapaleeshwar Temple, Chennai, ... 
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Private Tour: Half-Day Chennai Sightseeing with Government Museum and Kapaleeshwar Temple

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See Chennai’s historical and architectural gems on this half-day private sightseeing tour. Visit Fort St George, the first English fortress in India, and ...  Read more

Location: Chennai, India
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.50

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