Stay in Chennai and take a peek at life in the Indus Valley. Learn about the civilisation which boasted of broad roads and astounding town planning that included underground drainage! Or learn of the Amaravathi collection of Buddhist sculptures. Or better still, gaze at the rich collection of prehistoric antiques – all under one roof. This is the Egmore Government Museum for you.
One of the best museums in the country, and located in the heart of the city, it was established in 1851. It boasts of south Indian bronzes, prehistoric antiques, Indus Valley urns, utensils and other artefacts, Adichanallur Megalithic collections and Buddhist, Jain and Hindu sculptures. Of these the Amaravathi collection with Buddhist sculptures is noteworthy.
A major attraction for foreign tourists is the bronze gallery displaying a very rare collection.
The museum consists of six galleries. The main building consists of archaeology, zoology, botany, geology and numismatics.
And then we have children’s museum, National Art Gallery, and Contemporary Art Gallery.
Large collections of rare zoological and botanical specimens add to the magnificence of the museum. This museum acts as a knowledge centre for both public and students. Students of T I Matriculation Higher Secondary School, who visited the museum as a part of their educational trip, have started their exploration of the museum very early – they are only in the fourth standard.
But they were able to appreciate the contents of the museum and their teacher, who was handling the students, said they were concentrating on Stone Age as it was related to the lesson they were learning.
This pride of Chennai attracts not only local visitors but also those from all over the world.
B Dhivya Barathy
A Banu Priya