Govt. Museum – Discover the Cultural Richness of India

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If ancient relics are what interest you, then plan your next vacation to Chennai and visit the Government Museum. This engrossing museum will undoubtedly capture your interest.

Overview

The Government Museum, also known as the Madras Museum is the second oldest museum in India. It offers a fascinating insight into the country’s rich culture and history. Established in 1857, this multi-purpose museum is a hotspot among many a tourist who visits Chennai.

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L.vivian.richard at English WikipediaMadras museum theatre in October 2007, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons

Features

Since Chennai is, in fact, a city with a rich cultural significance it is not surprising that thousands of tourists visit this museum every year. It has the best collection of South Indian bronzes and Roman antiques. For instance, the beautiful bronze statue of Shiva Nataraja is wonderfully rich in iconography and hidden meaning.

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Where to stay

If you are planning to visit this remarkable museum, stay in one of the serviced apartments in Chennai the likes of Somerset Greenways Chennai, from which the museum is about 20 minutes away.

Rooftop jacuzzi in Somerset Greenways Chennai
Image Credit: Somerset Greenways Chennai

The Amaravathi Gallery

Out of the many Amaravathi sculptures scattered around different parts of the world, the Government Museum in Chennai features one of the principal collections. These marble sculptures represent significant events in the life of Gautama Buddha.

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Soham Banerjee, Amaravati Stupa relief at MuseumCC BY 2.0

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+

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