During your visit to Kolkata, the city of Joy, you can not miss a visit to the most popular tourist attraction in the city - the Indian Museum, Kolkata. The Indian Museum is considered the ninth oldest regular museum of the world.
The Indian Museum in Kolkata is a multipurpose and multi disciplinary institution of national importance. This Museum in Kolkata was established at the Asiatic Society and was on 2nd February 1814 and was transferred to the present building in 1878.
There are about sixty galleries of Anthropology, Geology, Art, Archaeology, Zoology and Botany sections occupying over ten thousand square feet area. You can also view some rare specimens -both Indian and Trans - Indian origin
The most interesting gallery of the Indian Museum is the painting gallery which displays the first painting illustrated on a palm-leaf manuscript. The collection chiefly comprises the artistic splendors of the Mughal era including portraits, book illustrations and varied scenes of court and palace life.
Other collection of the miniature paintings collected from various parts of India includes:
- Mughal miniatures
- Kangra-kalam paintings
- Kalighat patas (folk art of Bengal)
The Indian museum also boasts a unique art collection that includes paintings Of Abanindra Nath Tagore, Nandalal Bose and Jamini Roy (Bengal School).
The Indian museum, Kolkata also publishes books and folders containing collection of paintings. It also houses about fifty thousand books and journals. There is also a library in the Indian museum. You can also go through various books and Journals which are available in reading room only.
You can be a member of the library by paying a free of Rs. 50/- per year. The library is open from 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on all days except Sundays and second Saturdays of the month and other official holidays.