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Marble Palace Kolkata, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
3.7/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Witness of one of the city's most luxurious 19th-century structures at Marble Palace Kolkata, a grand mansion built in 1835 for the wealthy merchant and art connoisseur Raja Rajendra Mullick. The interior features lavish decorations and Victorian furniture. Stroll along white marble floors lined with original paintings and sculptures, and visit the ballroom with candle chandeliers and the private zoo housing exotic birds. Before you head to Kolkata (Calcutta), plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Kolkata (Calcutta) tourist route planner, to make sure you see all that Kolkata (Calcutta) has to offer, including Marble Palace Kolkata.
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  • Poor maintenance of works of art, including a Rembrandt. As it may be that this so let's this Palace that, on the outside, is spectacular. The guide that there is that accompanies you (since you can not go for free), you have no idea what there is inside. It is limited to read the bottom of the box and tell us that such room is the dance or the room of paintings. Do not understand nor of art nor of what is inside. Our questions about history, was limited to reply "I don't know". A special permission that grants the Ministry of tourism is necessary. Free entry but with final tip. The tip they deserve is not more than 20Rs by the poor preparation of the Guide and the poor maintenance of the place and works of art.
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  • Walking to this place, down narrow alleys of a working street, you never can prepare yourself for such a massive property and its grandeur to open up out of nowhere. Supposedly you typically require a...  read more »
  • Visit spectacular if it were not for the dire conservation of works of art and the poor preparation of the guides. Located in a secondary Street, needed a special permit that gives the Ministry of tourism. Admission is free, although at the end of the visit "ask you" the typical tip of India. The marble building is spectacular, one contrast in this great city. Works of art are crowded together, without any order, and there is a low maintenance work and or restoration. Then we still do not understand the reason for the dirty cages with birds inside... The Guide failed to answer any of our questions and that we are not understood in art or much less... was limited to reading the name of the statues and to tell us that it was every stay: "painting room", "dancing room". Then I did not agree with the tip we left, which is not deserved. I put the second star for the incalculable value of the works that have, among them a painting of Rembrandt.
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  • The art in this palace was definitely worth 5 stars, if not even more. Ranging from amazing Ming vases to European paintings and a beautiful marble floor, every art lover should consider going here. The reason for the 3 stars is how the staff took care of the place. When we wanted to enter, a man with a spear told us that we need a permission from the office for tourism. We didn't have it so he told us to pay him 100 INR, a fair entrance price for a place without an entrance price. We wanted to have a look at the countless amazing sculptures and paintings but they didn't let us in without a guide whom they offers us for 200 INR per person. I told them we couldn't afford the price as students and asked them about 100 INR per person what they immediately accepted. Our guide, a young boy, just pointed out obvious things while going through the palace. He named all the named of the paintings and sculptures which could be read on the item, anyway. Questions from our side remained unanswered. He didn't seem to have any interest and respect in the sculptures and art since he was frequently touching them. I would still suggest anybody who is interested in art to go there, since it truly is a breathtaking place. It's would have been a better experience with a set and official price and staff which actually cares about art.
  • It is a very well known Museum for art and gallery in Kolkata. I would recommend everyone to come and visit this place even once. The building is not well maintained but it is enough to come come and see and enjoy the art. I have visited there once and I was very much Impressed with all the collections there
  • I highly recommend visiting this unique private residence / art gallery. Basically a super rich gold trader named Mullick built this place and filled it with riches from Europe and Asia. Before you go, please keep these points in mind: 1. You need to get a written permission slip from either the Tourism Office on Shakespeare Sarani by the planetarium or the the West Bengal Tourism Office. I have no idea what the purpose is of this piece of paper is as it's free, but this is India, the bureaucratic capital of the Universe, so it makes sense to add this useless step. 2. Be prepared to tip. As soon as I approached the outer gate, the guard told me I have to tip him on the way out, which instantly put me in a foul mood. 3. Big Brother is always there. You cannot walk around unchaperoned, and you must go with a guide, who may or not speak decent English. You cannot photograph anything. The guide wont shut up and will aimlessly ramble on about useless facts of this statue or that piece of artwork when all you want to do is relax in silence and take in this majestic building and its amazing collection of original piece - think paintings by Rubens and Ming vases. Oh yeah, you have to tip your guide as well. If they ran this place like a museum with a guard in each section and let people just walk around in peace, it would be much more enjoyable. Set a flat fee so we wouldn't have to tip.
  • It does have some artifact which can blow your mind but this place is not well maintained and a bit ignored. I would recommend all art lovers to have a visit here.
  • Great Place, Amazing Collection of Artefacts. Good Guide Sad part is that we cant take any pictures.
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