Museums in Kolkata

The city of Kolkata has seen the rise and fall of the British Empire. The museums in Kolkata contains the relics of that era and beyond.

The museums in Kolkata represents institutions in service of society and its development. The museums in Kolkata are open to the public whish is why they are visited by a major chunk of people from West Bengal and from all parts of the country and the world. The museums in Kolkata acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits for the purpose of study and enjoyment, the tangible and intangible proof of people and their contemporary environment.

The museums of Kolkata have something for everyone-from the relics of the British Empire to selective art displays-you can find it all! The major museums of Kolkata include the following museums:
  • Indian Museum: Indian Museum is the largest museum in India. The museum was established in 1914. The museum has 6 sections-Art, Archeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Industry (Economic Botany).
  • Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art: Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art is one of the museums in Kolkata which is dedicated to the history of the Bengali speaking peoples. Basalt sculptures from the Pala and Sena periods with a distinctive blend of Hindu and Buddhist design styles are exhibited at the Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art. The museum also houses an extensive collection of patachitras or painted scrolls from Bengal, playing cards, palm leaf manuscripts and ritual objects of different eras in Bengal's history.
  • Birla Academy of Art and Cultural Museum: Birla Academy of Art and Cultural Museum holds regular exhibitions of contemporary Indian painters as well as sculptures. It is one of the foremost museums in Kolkata.

Last Updated on : 23 October 2012