The Government Museum in Chennai is one of the most widely visited places with numerous vistas of tourist attraction. This includes the following sections:
- Archeology: The Archeological section preserves the ancient relics of the past, consisting of numerous sculptured artifacts and architectural pieces. There are also coins and inscriptions on display. They all relate to the ancient glory of India and the tremendous skill of the country’s artisans and architects. The wood carvings, metal ware, embossed works are the peculiarities of Chennai’s Government Museum. The Bronze Figures at the Museum are also unique and admirable.
- Art: exquisite sculptural pieces and paintings adorn the interiors of this section. Delicate paintings related to the history of Rajput, Moghul, Tanjore, Kangra and Deccan Schools are on display here. Modern Graphics capture scenes from Tamil Literature and include some of the finest collection of the Government Museum in Chennai. The court scenes of Jahangir are worth mention and the British Governor Generals have also made their place in the rich collection of painting at Chennai Government Museum.
- Anthropology: The gallery in the Museum in Chennai makes the visitor go back in time as it has a wide collection of pre historic artifacts like copper, iron and bronze. All these rare and crude elements belong to the pre historic times like the Paleolithic Age, Neolithic Age etc. Ancient potteries with which the pre historic men cooked and had their food are also available on display at the Museum in Chennai.
- Numismatics: The literal meaning of this term is the study of coins. Historical coins that are collected from the old kingdoms of Kings and emperors are exhibited in the museum. The coins throw light on the political scenario of the times when they were on use. For example the coin inscriptions of Samudragupta, one of the renowned kings of ancient India, depict scenes of Ashwamedha Yajna a ritual prevalent among the opulent kings of that era. A horse is depicted on one side of the coin while on the other side, the portrait of queen carrying ritual equipment is found. They jointly signify the Ashwamedha Yajna. Similarly the coins found in Chennai Museum indicate some historical ideas.
- Zoology: There are 11 halls consisting of various Zoological artifacts at the Chennai Museum. Human skeletons, integuments, dentitions and other accessories of birds and mammals are demonstrated here.
- Botany: The important plants of ancient times that have been fossiled are present here. Certain varieties of Cryptogams exemplify this group. The Botanical section reveals the gradual change in the lives of plants, and their consequent evolution.
- Geology: Generally the line drawings of the Solar System constitute the main feature of the Geology department of the Museum in Chennai.
- Children’s Museum: It has some unique specimens that would interest Children.
- Chemical Conservation: The abraded Bronze figures are chemically treated and displayed at this department. They are exquisite and hence have found a place in Chennai’s Museum.