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District Museums

 

   District Museums are multipurpose Museums like the Central Museum at Chennai. District Museums  are established to preserve the cultural, artistic, natural and scientific objects for the benefit of the public. Twenty District Museums are functioning under the Department of Museums. The District Museums in addition to the preservation of the cultural and natural heritage, entertains the visiting public providing enjoyment and extend educational activities. Popular Lectures, Training Courses, Seminars, Competitions, Exhibitions, Research Guidance, Outreach Programmes, Organised Tours etc., are some of the educational activities of the District Museums.

    Admission fee to the entire district Museums. Holidays – Fridays, Second Saturdays and National Holidays. Working Hours: 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Entrace Fee : Rs. 5/- for Adults (Indian Nationals)
Rs. 3/- for Children below 12 years (Indian Nationals)
Rs. 2/- for bonafide students and teachers in groups with prior permission (Indian Nationals)
Rs. 100/- or US $ 2 for Adults (Non-Indian Nationals)

 


Mother Goddess Seated on a Cattle

Stone Sculpture
Mother Goddess Seated on a Cattle
10th century AD.


GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, COIMBATORE

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
Kaleeswarar Nagar, Kattur,
Coimbatore 641 009.

    The Museum was established in 1990. The collection include objects of Archaeology, Anthropology, Numismatics, Art, Pre-history, Geology, Botany and Zoology. Of these the following exhibits merit special mention due to their rarity and uniqueness:

    Mesolithic stone tools, calcimined bone remains of both animals, human beings acquired through scientific field exploration from Vannathankarai site near Thakkalur - Kamanayakkanpalayam via Avinashi.

    Woodcarvings (18th Century AD.), acquired from the   Avinashilingeshwarar temple cars as gift from the temple authorities concerned.

    Bronze icons of Navaneetha Krishna (13th Century AD.); Hanuman with Vishnu features (18th Century AD.) and Chandrasekhara with folk elements (19th Contrary AD.) acquired through theTreasure-trove Act of 1878.
   
    Stone sculptures of a mother goddess seated on a cattle (18th Century AD.), a hero fighting with a panther / tiger by means of a muzzle loaded gun (16th   Century AD.) and Daksha (wih ram head) worshipping Vishwarupa Veerabhadra (13th Century AD.), acquired as a treasure-trove find, scientific exploration and gifting respectively.

    Inscribed stone slabs containing the details of commercial guild of Veerarajendra Chola period, acquired through scientific field exploration find place in this Museum.

   Tribal artifacts of Irula, Kadar, Malagar and Muduvar acquired through both scientifc field exploration and gifting.

 

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM,CUDDALORE

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
19, Hospital Road,
Cuddalore – 607 001.

   The Government Museum, Cuddalore was established in the year 1989. A Sculpture Garden in the Museum welcomes the visitors. In this sculputure garden Sivalinga, Nandhi, Vishnu, monkey scuptures, Narashima, Surya and Chandikeswara are displayed. The development of Tamil script, dinosaur model and a model of Kali sculpture made of Fibre glass are kept in the entrance of the building.

   The stone sculptures like Subramanya, Surya, Navanitha Krishna, Dakshinamurthi, Bhairava, Virabhadra, and Saptamatrika sculptures are best examples to the sculptural wealth of our ancestors. Bronze images of Ganesa, Vishnu, Nataraja, Somaskanda, Krishna are displayed in the Bronze Gallery.

   In the first floor Kattunaickkan Tribal materials, Stone Age tools,  Musical Instruments, Agricultural implements of Kalvarayan hill tribes are displayed.

   Natural History specimens include South Indian Timbers, Fibres, Swan, Bear, Lizard and Snakes. Wood fossils and Ammonite fossils are also on display.

   This Museum collection represents history, culture, flora and fauna of the district. Imparting knowledge to researchers, students and public through popular lectures, exhibitions and training programmes form part of educational activities.

Devi

Devi
Bronze
14th Century AD.

Dakshinamurthi
Dakshinamurthi
Erode District.
12th Century AD.

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, ERODE

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
Municipal Office Campus,
Erode – 638 001.

   The Museum was opened to the public in 1987. The important exhibits are inscription of Kongu Chola, hero stones from Bargur, Tanjore paintings, manuscripts, coins, geological objects, Kodumanal antiques and other pre-history items. It has both botanical and zoological specimens also. The Museum is known for its collection of palm-leaf manuscripts and coins.

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, KANCHIPURAM

Address:
 
Curator,
Government Museum,
44/117,M.M. Avenue,
Kanchipuram–631 501

   Kanchipuram, one of the seven holy cities of India, is situated 75 km south-west of Chennai. It was the seat of both the Pallavas and the Cholas, and is the best place for studying South Indian antiquarian remains. Saivism, Vaishnavism, Buddhism and Jainism have their influence here and justify behind their traces as distinct temples and monuments. The Sangam poet Kadiyalur Vuruthirnkannanar, In the Perumpanatrupadai has described Kanchipuram as a lotus bud surrounded by a circular fort. Several epigraphical records, inscriptions are available, which throw light on the history of ancient kings such as Pallavas, Cholas, Pandavas, Telugu Cholas, Kakatiyas, Vijayanagar kings, Muslim and English rulers. As one more jewel to the crown of the city, the Kanchipuram Government Museum was dedicated to the public in 1999.

   The Museum display archaeological, anthropological, geological, botanical, zoological and numismatic materials of importance. The Introductory Gallery display the photos of important monuments and places of interest found in the district along with a detailed map. Any visitor who visits the Museum can get a comprehensive picture of the historical and cultural aspects of Kanchipuram and also understand about the natural resources and life of the people.

A view of the Gallery

A view of the Gallery



Vishnu

Vishnu
Stone Sculpture
17th Century AD

 

Recently a new gallery “Travancore Gallery” has been added in the Government Museum, Kanyakumari District. His Highness Marthanda Varma Sri Uthiradam Thirunal (the Maharaja of Travancore) inaugurated the gallery on 17th September 2003 in the presence of Thiru Rajesh Lakhani, I.A.S. District Collector, Kanyakumari District. Dr. R.Kannan, Ph.D. I.A.S.,Commissioner of Agriculture and Museums presided over the function.






GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, KANNIYAKUMARI

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
Gandhi Mandabam Road,
Kanniyakumari- 629 702

   The Museum was opened to the public in 1991.

   Bronzes belonging to 15th Century AD such as Tirumangai Alwar, Manickavasakar, Rama, Nataraja and stone sculptures of 7th Century AD (Vishnu), East India Company coins, musical instruments, arms, tribal materials are the exhibits of special mention.

   A good collection of marine exhibits and dioramic representation of Natural History specimens attract the visitors.

 

 




Travancore Gallery

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, KARUR

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
Daily Market Complex,
Karur Bus Stand,
Karur – 639 001.

   The Museum was opened to the public in 2000. The specimens include bronze items, metal-ware objects, musical instruments, coins, rocks and minerals, fossils, botanical specimens, molluscan shells, and other marine specimens.

   The educational activities of this Museum include Guide service, popular lectures etc.

Rock with Jain Sculpture
Rock with Jain Sculpture
Aiwarmalai

Burial Urn

Megalithic
Burial Urn

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, KRISHNAGIRI

Address:

   Curator
   Government Museum,
   Near Apsara Theatre, Gandhi Road,
   Krishnagiri – 635 001.

    The district Museum was opened to the public in 1993. Dharmapuri district is famous for pre-historic burial sites, archaelogical monuments and for Tribal culture. Sculptures, bronzes, neolithic stone tools, burial potteries, tribal (Kurumba and Lambadi) materials and hero stones are special exhibits. The Museum has good diorama showcases with objects of botany, geology and zoology.

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, MADURAI.

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
Gandhi Museum Campus,
Madurai – 625 020,
Phone: +91-0452-650298.

   Madurai Museum was established in the year 1980. Interesting collections such as bronzes, sculptures, musical Instruments, paintings,Geological,Botanical and Zoological specimens are on display.

   Training programmes on Tanjore painting, Batik art, taxidermy, screen printing are conducted. In addition to this, special summer training camps on Tamil music, bharathanatyam, karate, yoga, varmakkalai, photography, glass painting, fabric painting and doll making are also conducted.

Entrance view of the Museum building

Entrance view of the museum building

Front View of the Museum Building

Front View of the museum Building

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, NAGAPATTINAM

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
First Line Beach,
Nagapattinam – 611 001.

   The Museum was opened to the public in 1999.

   The galleries present in this Museum are:

District Introduction Gallery,

Bronzes and metal-ware Gallery,

Paintings Gallery (contemporary paintings),

Natural History Gallery,

Anthropological Gallery (Musical Instruments, Palaeolithic tools),

Working models on Natural History.

   The educational activities include Guide service, Competitions, popular lectures, seminars etc.

 

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, PALANI

Address:


Curator,
Government Museum.
Foot of the Hill,
Palani – 624 601.

   The district Museum at Palani was established in 1997. The Museum was started with rudimentary collection from the reserve stock of exhibits from the Chennai Museum. Over the years the Museum collection was enriched with acquisition of more exhibits through the Treasure - trove Act of 1878, surface collection, purchase, gift etc.

Important Exhibits

   The important exhibits include the bronzes from Palani taluk, such as Nataraja from Tamaraikulam, dated to the 11th Century AD., Venugopal from Thanjavur, Subramania and Valli (17th Century AD) from Palani and the Dancing Krishna from Tanjore.Folk bronzes are also on display revealing the crude folk technique of casting bronzes.

   A hero - stone with inscription of the 16th Century AD., is displayed in front of the Museum. Sculptures belonging to the period from about 15th Century AD to 19th Century AD are displayed. Wood carvings (About 11th Century AD) from temple cars are also exhibited.

   Out of the coins collection, one of the most interesting collections is that of Palani coins (17th Century AD) received as gift. This coin has one side the figure Peacock and other side inscribed the name 'Palani' in Tamil.

   A stuffed specimen of sea snake, which was acquired recently from Tuticorin, is displayed. It is one of the good specimen exhibited in this Museum. Another interesting exhibit is stuffed specimen of an ant-eater.

    Besides, modern paintings of different artists, Indian and foreign stamps, small metal figures, burial-urns, the materials used by the hill tribes etc., are displayed.

Educational Activities

    The educational activities include special exhibitions, monthly popular lectures, seminars, competitions, training programmes etc.

Nataraja

Nataraja
11th Century AD

 

Government Museum, Pudukkottai

Government Museum
Pudukkottai

Pudukkottai Textiles

Pudukkottai Textiles
19th Century AD.

Wood Carving

Wood Carving
18th Century  AD.

Indirani

Indirani
10th Century  AD.

Surya

Surya
10th - Century  AD.

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, PUDUKKOTTAI 

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
Thirugokarnam,
Pudukkottai – 622 002,
Phone : +91-04322-22247.

   Government Museum, Pudukkottai was opened to the public in the year 1910 by the then Thondaiman ruler of the erstwhile Pudukkottai Princely State. It is the second largest Museum in Tamilnadu. It houses objects of cultural and natural resources of this area. A variety of invertebrates, about 200 species of birds, eggs of birds, fishes, snakes, mammals, art objects, wood carvings, textiles, paintings, pictures, musical instruments, pre-historic tools and materials, weapons of different description, ornaments, historical records, copper plates, enchanting sculptures, beautiful bronzes, coins etc., are on display. A visit to the Museum can give a complete historical glimpse of the area.

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, RAMANATHAPURAM

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
Head Post Office Road,
Ramanathapuram - 623 501.

   The Museum was established in March 2000. Bronzes, wood carvings, metal-ware objects, coins, rocks and minerals, pre-historic tools, paintings, tribal materials, herbarium sheets, timber varieties and other natural history materials are on display.

 

Devi -Stone Sculpture

Devi -Stone Sculpture

 

A view of the Museum building

A view of the museum building

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, SALEM

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
Navalar Road,
Salem – 836 001.

   The Salem Government Museum was formed by the District Collector with the support of the Local Artist Group called Contemporary Writers and Painters Association. The Museum was opened to the public in the year 1976.

The following Galleries are Present

   Pre-history, Sculpture, Ethnology, District Information, Geology, Botany, Zoology, Arms, Philately, Numismatic and Paintings.

 

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, SIVAGANGA

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
Weekly Market Road,
Sivaganga – 630 561.

   The Museum was opened to the public in 1998. Exhibts such as sculptures, bronzes, wood-carvings, natural history specimens adorn the Museum.

   Musical stone received from Forest Department, part of fossilised tree received as gift from Thiru Ravichandran of Thiruvakkarai and portraits (sculptures) of Sivaganga King Podaguru who ruled from Sivaganga from 1848 to 1863 are some of the rare specimens on display.

   A good collection of burial-urns, arms and tribal materials are also on display.

 

Oil Storage Urn

Oil Storage Urn

 

Bronze Icons

Bronze Icons
15th-19th Century AD.

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, TIRUNELVELI

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
St. Mark’s Road,
Near the office of the Superintendent of Police,
Tirunelveli - 627 002.

   The Museum is famous for burial urns, terracotta objects, marine collections, bronze icons, arms and tribal materials. The Museum with its exquisite bronzes of Somaskanda, Ganesa, Ayyanar, Devi and Siva datable to 15th Century AD., portraying the delicate rhythmic workmanship, which prevailed during the period.

   The art of wood-carving confirms the fact that ancient Tamils were expert in preparing works of art in wood apart from stone and metal.

   A set of metal cast coins from 5th Century BC. rightdown through the ages of Kushanas, Guptas, Chalukyas, Mughals, Cholas, Pandyas, Vijayanagar kings and the East India Company also adorn the gallery.

   The ancient weapons on display depict the type of warfare and social culture of the ancient Tamils. Kani tribals and Adichanallur megalithic excavations are depicted  dioramatically, while Kattunaicken and Palliyan tribal life and activities are picturised through their material culture.

   Colourfully set up dioramas of a bird sanctury, coral reef, aquatic environment and systematic arrangement of invertebrate collections are other noteworthy attracting exhibits in this Museum.

   Kalamkari paintings, batik paintings and Raja Ravi Varma paintings are also on display.

 

 

GOVERNMENT  MUSEUM, TIRUVARUR

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
Arul Migu Thiyagaraja Swami Thirukkovil,
Thiruvarur- 610 002.

   The Museum was opened to the public in 1998. The Museum is located in an ancient Mandapa, which is 300 years old.

   Sculptures from 10th to 17th Century AD., bronzes from the period between 12th and 14th Century AD., wood-carvings (150 years old), metalware decorative items of 14th Century AD Period, musical instruments,arms (Muzzle loading guns) burial potteries, palaeolithic , neothochic tools, tribal materials and natural history specimens are some of the objects worth mentioning.

 

 

A View of the Museum Entrance

A View of the museum Entrance

 

Statue of Buddha

Statue of Buddha
10th Century AD

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, TIRUCHIRAPPALLI

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
Rani Mangammal Hall,
Tiruchirappalli – 620 002.

   The Government Museum, Tiruchirappalli was inaugurated in 1983. The Museum is situated in a historical building (a Monument of Nayak rule) called Rani Mangammal Building.

   Objects such as stone sculptures, bronzes, wood carvings, stone inscriptions, palm leaf manuscripts, coins, philatelic materials, paintings are on display.

   Stone tools, pots and potsherds of Megalithic Period, musical instruments and tribal objects form the interesting part of the collection.

   In the natural history side, a number of fossils, minerals, an array of animal bones and herbaria of medicinal plants are also on display.

   Film shows, competitions of different kinds, workshops in museology and training on epigraphy are a few of the educational activities conducted by the Museum.

 

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, UDAGAMANDALAM.

Address:
 
Curator,
Government Museum,
Bali House,
70, Mysore Road,
Udagamandalam - 643 001.

   The Museum is famous for its natural history collections, coins, sculptures, bronzes and anthropological exhibits. A good collection of tribal materials of The Nilgiris are also on display.

 

Entrance view of the museum building

Entrance view of the museum building

 

Hero Stone

Hero Stone
9th Century AD

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, VELLORE

Address:

Curator,
Government museum,
Fort,
Vellore – 632 004.

   This Museum was opened to the public in 1985. It consists of objects of art, archaeology, pre-history, weapons, sculptures, bronzes, wood carvings, handicrafts, numismatics, philately, botany, geology and zoology.

   Special exhibits include Bronze double antenna sword from Vellore Taluk, dating back to 400 BC., Stone sculptures from Late Pallava to Vijayanagar periods, Ivory chess board and coins used by the last Kandian King of Sri Lanka, Vikrama Raja Singha.

   The educational activities of this Museum include Art camp for school students, Study of inscriptions and iconography for college students etc.

 

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM, VIRUDHUNAGAR

Address:

Curator,
Government Museum,
D.D. Road,
Mani Nagaram,
Virudhunagar- 626 001.

   The Museum was open to the public in the year 2001. The specimens include bronze items, acquired as treasure-trove objects from Virudhunagar district, photos of coins acquired as treasure-trove objects from Virudhunagar district, Indian coinage ( metal-cast set), fossil specimens, pre-historic tools, leather puppets, herbarium sheets, timber varieties, terracotta objects, musical instruments, satellite models, molluscan shells, insects etc. are on display.

 

Srinivasa with Consorts

 

Srinivasa with Consorts
15th Century AD

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