Place / location / position / history / importance / origin / collections / sections / tourism / wall paper / photo gallery / travel / photography tips / timing / entry fee Indian Museum
Exhibits Egyptian Mummy, Buddhist stupa from Bharhut, Buddha's Ashes, Fossil Skeletons of Prehistoric animals, Art Collection, Rare Antiques, Collection of Meteorites etc.
The Kolkata Indian Museum established much back in 1814 in the Asiatic Society Building whose founder was Dr. Nathaniel Wallich, a botanist from Denmark. It is one of the most primitive museums established in the world and considered the biggest in the country. In 1875, it was transfered to the new building in Italian architectural style designed by Walter B Grawille. Unlocked to public in 1878, the museum has more than 60 galleries under six main sectors of Art, Anthropology, Archaeology, Geology, Industry and Zoology. The museum with three floors is extended over an area of 930 sq.mts. It is an independent institution funded by the Government of India.
The Anthropology and Archaeology sections are positioned on the ground floor. There is furthermore a library and publication unit, to be found next to the coin gallery, which has a enormous collection of around 50 thousand books and journals on diverse subjects.