This beautiful museum is housed across a number of British built buildings also known as the Pantheon Complex. The museum remains open on all days except Fridays at 9.30am-5:00 p.m.? and is undoubtedly the Chennai’s best museum. The main part of the building has been brilliantly architected and has a nice archaeological section which showcases the art forms of various dynasties – Chola, Vijaynagar, Hoysala, Chalukya. You will find a number of sculptures and temple art in the museum.
There is a natural history and zoology section where you will find the motley collection of skeletons of the wild animals along with the stuffed birds and animals from various parts of the world. There is a dissected cat in a glass case which appears fascinating. There are a number of galleries where you will find a fine collection of art work. The bronze gallery contains the collections from Chola period. The most beautiful bronze piece are that of Ardhanariswara – which is the incarnation of Shiva and Parvati, and Nataraja – the four armed dancing Shiva stomping upon a demon. You can also go to the National Art gallery which hosts the most spectacular art pieces from the various pages of the history. The national art gallery contains the collection of 10th to 18th century art work from various dynasties such as Mughals, Rajasthanis, and Deccans. There is also a children museum which is very interesting for kids to improve their knowledge along with a modern art gallery where you will find the modern art works.
The entry charges are for Indian Rs. 15/-, for Foreigner Rs. 250/- and for students Rs. 75/-.