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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Victoria Memorial Museum, Kolkata - 85

Guys, this museum houses collections from the British colonial period, including a life-size statue of young Queen Victoria.

This musuem established in 1903 by an Act of the then Governor-General-in-Council. The collections include items relating to Indian history from the 17th to the 20th century such as relics, documents, personal effects. Treaties, Sanads and Firmans, statues, portraits, massive oil paintings of noted artists, etchings representing famous and historical personages of the 18th and 19th centuries, paintings and engravings of Indian scenes, pictures of Old Calcutta, Mughal and Rajasthani miniature paintings, some Persian manuscripts including Ain-I-Akbari by Abul Fazal, Akbarnama, a manuscript history of Alamgir.

Guys, you can see here the Persian translation of Nala-Damayanti by Abul Fazal, and also arms and armours of the period. You can also see the recent addtions here of national leaders and important docuements relating to freedom movement, and pertaining to Nandakumar, Vidyasagar, Michael Madhusudan and others. The impressive domed structure in white marble set up in a sylvan backfround houses source-materials on the life and culture of Indian people. Valuable coloured reproductions including scenes of old Calcutta by famous artists, picture-cards, guide books and research bulletins are available for sale.

You can visit here from 10.00 am to 05.00 pm except on Mondays and Public Holidays. Just pay the entry fees of Rs. 10/- for Indians and Rs. 150/- for foreigners. For further detials you can conact at below address:

Address: Cathedral Road, Kolkata – 700 071, Tel.: 223-1890

Related Links :

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