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Government Museum

Government Museum

Sat–Thurs: 9:30am - 5pm
486 Pantheon Rd, Chennai, India

The Basics

While the objects on display in the museum make it worth visiting alone, it’s not a bad idea to spend some time wandering the grounds to 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. Many tours stop here, and an architecture-focused tour may be worth considering if you’re particularly into learning about the influences behind local design.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Chennai

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The local guide was SO informative...
Jonathan S, Aug 2017
Private Tour: Half-Day Chennai Sightseeing with Government Museum and Kapaleeshwar Temple
The local guide was SO informative and professional. He also really made me feel comfortable and safe. I would love to take this tour again. So much history to absorb!
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It was a great experience. The tour...
Ann T, Jun 2016
Private Tour: Half-Day Chennai Sightseeing with Government Museum and Kapaleeshwar Temple
It was a great experience. The tour guide was very knowledge and explain both the culture and the artefacts is was presenting. I got to see lot of the main sights. The car was lovely and air conditioned, and the lunch was in a fantastic restaurant. All in all, a great experience.
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We enjoyed our tour! Our guide and...
Robin M, Dec 2014
Private Tour: Half-Day Chennai Sightseeing with Government Museum and Kapaleeshwar Temple
We enjoyed our tour! Our guide and driver were very attentive and courteous. They even worked it out to pick us up at the port and then drop us off at the airport. We highly recommend using Viatour. They have many options and will work for you from all over the world!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Government Museum is a must-visit for those interested in Indian art or architecture.
  • Use of still or video cameras cost extra.
  • Discounted admission is available for students and children.
  • Much of the museum is wheelchair accessible.
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How to Get There

The Government Museum is located right in the Egmore neighborhood of Chennai and it’s usually not too hard to get a taxi or auto-rickshaw in the area. It’s also well-connected to public transportation, and both the Nehru Park and Egmore Metro stations are about a 25-minute walk from the museum.

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When to Get There

The museum is open every day of the week except for Friday, and you may want to come in the morning, right when it opens to avoid the crowds, especially if you’re visiting on a weekend. Check ahead of your visit to see about any performances taking place in the Museum Theatre.

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Wildcard

The Museum Theater One of the highlights of the Government Museum complex is the Museum Theatre, built in1896 and modeled after London's Globe Theatre. The theater has since undergone renovations, though it still holds much of its historic flair. Today there are all sorts of plays, lectures, and cultural performances, many of which are open to the public.

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