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Fort Museum, Chennai (Madras)

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3.7/5 based on 120 reviews on the web
Find out about the history of the British Raj through the antiquities exhibited in Fort Museum. The Fort St. George Museum was opened in 1948, and since then has acquired numerous items on display with 3661 registered antiquities and 602 of them displayed in ten galleries. See the statue of Lord Cornwallis greeting visitors at the entrance of the galleries showing European and native weapons used near the fort, the uniforms and medals of the British Government, and various porcelains used as tableware by the East India Company. Taking photographs is prohibited. The museum is closed on Fridays. Put Fort Museum into our Chennai (Madras) trip builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Chennai (Madras).
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  • The Museum is located in the Fort, built in the century before the English. Take a walk here is quite interesting on the territory of many vintage guns inside the Museum, too, a lot of historical objects, sculptures, models and other information.
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  • Fort located in a former Firehouse with a small museum. If you have done all the other things to see you go otherwise go your way
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  • The Fort Museum is a dusty throwback to the victorian idea of a museum. Great details about the history of Madras, maps and models alongside some great artifacts poorly displayed. There is a great art...  read more »
  • Watchable place near to beach area next to Tamilnadu secretariat. Indian Sculptures, Tanjore, Raja Ravi verma Painting gallery collectios, History of Chennai. Entry fee for foreigner 5$ adult 2.5 childrens. Timing 9:30am to 5 pm.
  • The Fort St. George Museum was organised and opened to the public from 31st January 1948. The museum began with a small collection of objects of the British Raj donated by the then Madras Presidency Government, the St. Mary's Church authorities, the disbanded army units and others. Over the years many objects were acquired by various means and there are now 3661 registered antiquities in the collection. Best among them (602) are on display in ten galleries. The building housing the museum is one of the oldest surviving buildings built within the fort. The building was completed in 1795 and served as the location for Madras Bank. The museum building has a history of its own. The antiquities are displayed in ten galleries spread over three floors. An imposing marble statue of Lord Cornwallis (1738-1805) greets the visitors. The statue, carved by Thomas Banks, was financed by funds raised from the public, depicts the scene of surrender of two sons of Tippu as hostages The lobby contains drawings showing the stages of constructions and renovations from 1640 onwards. Arms like swords, daggers, rifles and pistols, mortars, petard, cannon shots, breast plates, helmets, baton, and fragments of shells fired at and in defence of Madras during the freak attacks during the World Wars, besides native weapons like bow and arrow. The uniforms of various ranks of the British Army, ceremonial dress of Madras Governor's Bodyguards and the Under Secretary of Madras Government, regimental colours of various units and cushions used in the official investiture ceremony and about 64 medals and medallions issued by the British Government for honouring its soldiers in various battles they fought in the Indian sub-continent are displayed in the Uniform and Medals Gallery. Various porcelains used as official tableware by the East India Company and similar ware of the Arcot Nawabs are displayed in the Porcelain Gallery. In the Portrait Gallery, portraits, oil paintings on canvas are displayed including those of George III and his consort, Queen Victoria and Robert Clive, Sir Arthur Havelock. Another interesting, painting is the earliest depiction of Fort St. George in 1738. In the Miscellany Gallery various church silverware from the St. Mary's Church, and Zion Church, Tranquebar are displayed. The silverware of the former include the one donated by Elihu Yale, by whom, the Yale University in U.S.A was founded. There is a large-scale model of the fort as it stood in 19th century and locks and iron chests of East India Company and a palanquin of Arcot Nawabs.  Objects on display in the Prints and Document Gallery include sketch prepared by the famous Thomas and his nephew William Daniell, Salt. H. Merke and others. Important among the The Indo-French Gallery contains exhibits like fine, decorated porcelain, clocks, stamps and coins issued by the French in India, furniture, lampshades and clocks. The artefacts of Wodeyars, an important native ruling family, like portraits, paintings of Mysore School, coins, flag and appreciation letters are on display in the Wodeyar’s Gallery. The prints, prepared by the Daniells and others, depicting various views of the fort, the buildings of old Madras, map of Madras are on display in the prints on Madras Gallery. These drawings throw light on the architectural history of the fort in particular and Madras and the vanished buildings in general. Besides the above various coins issued by the 'presidential and unified mints of the British, Dutch, Portuguese and Danish are on display in the coin Gallery.  In the Reserve Collection there are a number antiquities among which mention may be made of the First Marriage Register of the St. Mary's Church recording the marriage of Robert Clive, the bible used by Strenysham Master, who was instrumental in the construction of the church. Timings of visit: 09.00 am to 5.00 pm. Closed on - Friday  Entrance Fee:  For Indians: Rs. 5/- For Others: US $ 2 or Rs. 100/-  (Children up to 15 years free) 
  • Great place. The visit was quite insighful. Some of the things kept were quite dusty and seemed unkempt. But the paintings were really great.
  • A quite and peaceful place to visit. People interested in British era India will definitely appreciate it.
  • Nice museum. Doesn't take too much time to see the full exhibition.
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