Government Museum, Chennai is a multi-purpose State Government Museum located in Egmore,
which is the heart of the city, spreading to an area of 16.25 acres of land. Six
independent buildings in this Museum campus has 46 galleries.
Galleries of the Museum
1. Main Building (New Extension Building) Galleries
1) South Indian Sculptures Gallery
2) North Indian Sculptures Gallery
3) Indus Valley Civilisation Gallery
4) Memorial Stones and Hero Stones
5) Hindu Sculptures Gallery
6) Amaravati Sculptures Gallery
7) Jain Sculptures Gallery
1) General Zoology Gallery
2) Flight in Animals Gallery
3) Foreign Animals Gallery
4) Reptile Gallery
5) Bird Gallery
6) Mammal Gallery
7) Coral Gallery
8) Invertebrate Gallery
9) Fish Gallery
1) Systematic Botany Gallery
2) Economic Botany Gallery
1) General Geology Gallery
2) Economic Geology Gallery
1) Philately Gallery
2. Front Building
1) Arms Gallery
2) Pre-History Gallery
3) Ethnology Gallery
4) Musical Instruments Gallery
5) Folk Art Gallery
6) Physical Anthropology Gallery
7) Puppets Gallery
1) Industrial Art Gallery
2) Wood Carvings Gallery
3. Bronze Gallery
1) Bronze Gallery (Ground Floor)
2) Bronze Gallery (Mezzanine Floor)
3) Hindu Bronzes Gallery (Second Floor)
1) Numismatics Gallery
C. Chemical Conservation
1) Chemical Conservation Gallery.
4. Children's Museum
1) Dolls Gallery
2) Civilisation Gallery
3) Science Gallery
4) Transportation Gallery
5) Technology Gallery
6) Kids Corner
5. National Art Gallery
1) Tanjore Painting Gallery
2) Decorative Art Gallery
3) Indian Traditional Art Gallery
4) Ravi Varma Painting Gallery
6. Contemporary Art Gallery
1) Exposition on the progress of Industries and
Tamil Nadu (Ground Floor)
2) Raja Ravi Varma Gallery (Fibre Optic Gallery) (First Floor)
3) British Portraits Gallery (First Floor)
4) Modern Art Gallery (First Floor)
5) The Rock and Cave Art Gallery (Second Floor)
6) The Hollographic Gallery (Second Floor)
Chennai - 600 008.
Tamil Nadu India.
||1/2 KM from the Egmore
Railway Station. 2 KM from the Central Railway Station.
20 KM from Meenambakkam Air Port.
||9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
||Fridays and National
Holidays viz. Republic Day (26th January),
Independence Day (15th August) and Gandhi Jayanthi (2nd October)
||Rs. 15/- for adults
Rs. 10/- for children below 12 years (Indian Nationals)
Rs. 5/- for bonafide students and teachers in groups with prior
permission (Indian Nationals)
Rs. 250/- or US $ 5 for adult (Non-Indian Nationals)
Rs. 125/- or US $ 2.50 for children (Non-Indian Nationals)
Rs. 75/- or US $ 1.50 for bonafide students and teachers in groups with prior
Permission (Non-Indian Nationals)
||Rs. 200/- per camera.
||Rs. 500/- per video
1. Colour Picture Post Cards - Butterflies - Rs. 30.00 (10 Cards)
2. Colour Picture Post Cards - Bronzes - Rs. 50.00 (10 Cards)
3. Colour Picture Post Cards - Paintings - Rs. 30.00 (10 Cards)
Tickets are issued at the Main Entrance and at the
Contemporary Art Gallery from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Commercial film/video shooting is not
Details of Payment towards the Museum Theatre A/C
Government Museum, Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai - 600 008.
|Ph. : 28193238 / Fax : 28193035
|Rent for the Museum Theatre per performance
|Caution Deposit Equivalent to two single programmes 2 days rent (round off)
|4 Hours performance (single programme)
|12 Hours performance (single continuous
|Two performances per day (4 Hours each)
|Theatre Capacity (Number of Seats)
||558 Seats (Eight Seats reserved for the Museum)
VIP seats 1 to 6 and 'G' Row : 1 & 2
Any damage done by the hirer to the building and furniture of the Museum
Theatre will be recovered from the Caution Deposit and the cost be determined by the museum
The actual amount may be remitted to the State Bank of India, Thousand
lights Branch, Chennai-600 006.
Caution Deposit may be remitted through D.D. (in favour of Assistant Director (Admn), Government Museum, Chennai) to the U.D. Accountant, Government Museum, and Chennai-600 008 on any working day between 11.30 A.M. to 4.00 P.M. for Rs.5, 000/- at the time of booking. If by any chance, the hirer cancels the booking Rs.5000/- paid as Advance Caution Deposit will be forfeited.
Balance amount to be remitted 15 days before the actual date of performance.
Police permit should be obtained from the Commissioner of Police, Egmore,
Chennai-600 008 for conducting the performance.
Arrangements for the provision of public address system and extra
lighting except open halogen lamps may be made by you through a E.B. License holder.
Standby generator may be arranged by you for use during electricity
All steps will be taken by the museum authorities for the up keep of
the A/C units. But the Museum Department is not responsible, if the A/C. equipment is not
working due to electricity or technical failures.
During water scarcity the applicant may arrange for water at their own
Eatables will not be allowed in the Museum Theatre and Theatre Verandah and Premises.
The Museum Theatre should be kept clean by the users during and after the programme and also hand over the Theatre as it is given to the hirer.
Stickers, posters should never the fixed in the walls or fixtures of the
Museum Theatre. Wooden stage, screens, walls etc., should never be used for any other purposes.
Safety of life is very important and all precautions should be taken by
those who book the Museum Theatre, to ensure the safety of human life as well as the heritage.
Regarding fire and safety precautions, the decision of museum authorities
Sale of Coffee or Soft drinks will be allowed only near the main entrance (opp.to Museum Theatre with the premission from the authorities).
The Museum rules should strictly be adhered to, if not the hirer will be fined Rs.10,000/-. This amount will be recovered from the caution Deposit.
If any hirer wants to Exhibit (Sales Products) they should obtain permission from the authorities to do so. After due permission alone they will be allowed to display their exhibits.
If by any chance, the programme has to be cancelled after remitting the full amount including the caution deposit, only 50% of the rent amount will be refunded.
Musical programmes should obtain NOC from "The Indian Performing Right Society Ltd" to conduct the programme in the Museum Theatre.
Principal Secretary /
Commissioner of Museums.
// by order //
Assistant Director (Admin)
Government Museum, Chennai - 8.
Refund of Caution Deposit cheque in favour of .......
Received Museum Theatre Rules
Signature of the Applicant
||Rs. 750/- per day for
each hall of the Centenary Exhibition Hall with a caution
deposit of Rs. 500/-
(General) +91-44-2819 3778 (Director of Museums)
of the department are available in the Sales Counter on all
working days of the museum galleries. Bulk purchase may be made with
discount by correspondence.
A Museum Publication Fund has been created.
Donors for the publication
of books are welcome to contribute.
Free Guide Service is available at : 11.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.
All communications should be addressed to the
Director of Museums, Government Museum, Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai - 600 008.