If ancient relics are what interests you then come to Chennai and explore the Government Museum. It is the oldest and the largest of the State museums in India. Established in the year 1851, the multi-purpose museum is a favorite destination of the tourists.
The Government Museum in Chennai comprises several galleries under the sections Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Botany, Numismatics, Cotemporary Art, Zoology and a Children's Museum. The Government Museum, Chennai is considered as one of the top tourist attractions in Chennai.
The Government Museum originated from a museum in Madras which was planned by the Madras Literary Society in 1846 AD. Sir Henry Pottinger took permission from the Court of Directors of the East India Company in London. In January 1851 AD, Dr. Edward Balfour was the first officer in charge of the Government Museum, Chennai.
The Public Library of the museum was inaugurated in 1853 AD and opened to the public in June 1862 AD. Captain Mitchell, Superintendent, was the originator of the Connemara Public Library. The 200 feet high tower of the library was then the highest in Madras.
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the museum at the Government Museum, Chennai on November 27, 1951 AD. This museum displayed rich collection of bronzes, increasing work of preservation and various birds. Soon, a separate building for Contemporary Art was opened in January 25, 1984 AD.
This museum is of special interest to the children. The Children's Museum of Government Museum, Chennai promotes scientific temper and spirit of inquiry among the visiting children.