DakshinaChitra Museum, Muttukadu

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Wander around DakshinaChitra Museum, a campus-like museum where the history of south India comes to life. You can enter the buildings, all of which are original and were removed from their previous locations to be re-erected at the open-air museum, whose name translates as “Picture of the South.” Watch demonstrations of the craftsmen’s work and art; you can even buy some of the works as souvenirs afterwards. For DakshinaChitra Museum and beyond, use our Muttukadu attractions planner to get the most from your Muttukadu vacation.
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  • Dakshinachitra happens to be one of the most renowned and widely held museums situated in Chennai and it comes along the way when you drive to Mahabalipuram. Important stop enroute along ECR and it...  more »
  • Payment options for entry ticket is cash and card. Keep the yellow ticket they give you, safely, until you complete the trip and leaving the museum for the day. There are stalls to buy souvenirs/food....  more »
  • It's a great place to visit with you family/friends/educational institutions for learning about the southern states, their culture, arts, crafts and traditional living spaces. They have multitude of.....  more »
  • The experience will definitely better one's expectation. One of a kind. It houses buildings relative to different cultures from South India. Good place to spend a day out. Can take kids along. If you take kids, don't miss the puppet show - a definite take. Might need around 6 hours or more to go around leisurely. Environment is clean and good. Pottery, block printing activities worth mentioning. Can indulge in some shopping too. Comfortable parking, weekend may be crowded. Take a ride... Will love it!!
  • Great place to know few cultural homes and arts , When you get in you feel good right from parking as 80% of the parking is under tree shade , and has a good washroom for drivers , The reception is well , tickets are bit expensive 130 per head in weekend and very less in week days , till 5 years no ticket for children , Good traditional exhibition place , there is place where you can get good wood artistic works, few shops are present inside things are expensive but quality may be good , You can find all ancient homes where the homes are made with traditional methods ..I feel Islamic cultures are repeated at few places and Hindu idols are also repeated at few places but it's a great mixture of both .. Suitable seasons :Oct to march even you get good shades of trees but you can enjoy when you go in these seasons or if you happen to visit in summer go by 3 pm .. Good place to hang out
  • A great idea intended to present a way of life being quickly lost. Plan to spend about 3 to 4 hours. Begin the self tour with the movie presentation to get a feel for the museum. The museum could benefit by having more placards or a self guided audio presentation to interpret what you see in various houses. I was told there would be actors in the houses depicting common activities but did not find any during my visit during a Wednesday afternoon.
  • I visited this place with a couple of my friends. A nice breezy place. Although it’s scorching outside, the place somehow is much cooler, mostly. We went there for an art exhibition but ended up visiting all the other stuff that is there as well. It has various houses under different South Indian state names. The houses exhibits the respective states’ culture and traditions. There are several activities that one can participate in at a very reasonable cost. Like I tried pottery making (which was an utter failure but nevertheless fun :D ) There is restaurant inside. Food was very very average. I might give it only one star. I would suggest you go out to eat. Meanwhile, there are also other small eateries here and there. You can keep yourself full with some refreshing buttermilk or cold nanari lemonade. Was heavenly in the baking heat. There are also few handicrafts store here and there. The products can serve as a good souvenir. There is also a gift shop at the entrance. You get unique stuff but it can be slightly pricey. There a few restrooms here and there. So one need not walk long to spot a restroom. Also this place has a huge car park space with trees that give enough shade. Overall it was a nice experience albeit the beating sun and it’s is just the beginning of March! I would suggest you visit this place post summer. Between March and July, please visit after 3 p.m.
  • Good place for family and kids, esp for people who has not seen tiled houses. Photography is allowed, but cannot use tripods. Plenty activities will be going on which are very interesting and informative like pot making, designing with glass etc. Plenty emphasis is given to traditional livelihood.

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