National Art Gallery Tours

National Art Gallery
The National Art Gallery, one of six individual museums comprising the Chennai Government Museum, is one of the oldest art galleries in the country. The red sandstone Indo-Sarasenic building was designed by architect Henry Irwin and completed in 1906 as part of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. The gallery was closed in 2002 when its deteriorating state threatened both visitor safety and the art, but after an extensive renovation in 2013, the gallery re-opened to the public.

The National Art Gallery is subdivided into four smaller galleries: the Tanjore Painting Gallery, Decorative Art Gallery, Indian Traditional Art Gallery and the Ravi Varma Painting Gallery. Besides paintings in various mediums, the gallery also showcases a small collection of sandalwood sculptures.

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Be sure to leave extra time to visit the Bronze Gallery of the Chennai Government Museum, which houses one of the world’s best collections of South Indian bronze sculptures from the Chola period.
Address: Panthian Road, Chennai, India
Hours: Open daily 9:30am-5pm
Admission: 250 rupees
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Private Half-Day Tour in Chennai - India's Gateway to the South

Discover Chennai on this private half-day tour. Visit the oldest English fortress in India and learn about its role in contemporary Tamil Nadu. Head to the Government Museum and National Gallery to admire palm-leaf manuscripts, Amravati paintings, and rare works by celebrated artists like Raja Ravi Varma. Visit a 7th Century temple and enjoy a drive along Chennai’s beautiful waterfront.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Local Heritage and Architecture Tour of Chennai (Madras)

Discover the heritage of Chennai (Madras) on a 5-hour tour that features the diverse architecture found in the city. You'll see prime examples of Indo-Saracenic style, which flourished in the 19th century as British architects combined Britain Gothic styles with India's Indo-Islamic architecture. Includes pickup and drop-off, and private transportation.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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US$7.91
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Private Full-Day Tour of Chennai With Marina Beach

Explore the highlights of Chennai on a private full-day tour with your own personal guide. Take in landmarks such as Fort St. George, the Government Museum, and Kapaleeshwarar Temple; then wind down at the Art Gallery of Chennai and Marina Beach. Learn about the history of the city and the British influence in Chennai along the way. Your tour includes private guide and driver, transport by air-conditioned vehicle, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$51.00
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7-Night Tour: Cultural Heritages of Tamil Nadu

Enjoy a comprehensive experience of Tamil Nadu’s impressive history and culture on this week-long adventure. After a convenient airport or rail station pickup, visit popular attractions like the National Art Gallery in Chennai, the Botanical Garden of Pondicherry, and Thirumalai Nayak Palace in Trichy. Enjoy seven nights of complimentary 4-star accommodations, breakfast, and air-conditioned transport.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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