The Indian National Museum

Timings: 0900 - 1730 hrs
Closed On: Monday
Established in 1814, commonly known as 'Jadughar', the Indian Museum of Kolkata is the ninth oldest regular museum of the world. One of the biggest and oldest in Asia, it is the repository of the largest museum objects in India. The Museum has over sixty galleries of Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Botany sections, spreading over the vast 10,000 square feet area. It houses more than one million exhibits today. The structure of the building is built in Italian architectural style. The Archaeological Section displays stone-age artifacts from India and abroad, pre-historic antiquities from Mohenjodaro, Harappa. One of the rooms has a collection of meteorites. The museum also has a unique collection of fossils of prehistoric animals which includes a giant crocodile and a huge tortoise. Star attractions are a 4,000 year-old mummy and an enormous dinosaur skeleton. Also notable among the collection are 50,000 antique coins and precious stones. Priceless items such as Shah Jehan's emerald goblet and an urn containing Buddha's ashes are exhibited.

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