Indian Museum at Kolkata is a multipurpose museum, which is the oldest and the largest in India. I heard that it had a wide collection of antiques, mummies, fossils, Mughal paintings, skeletons, armor, and ornaments, and many more. On our second day at Kolkata we decided to visit the museum and got ready at 9 am in the morning. It is located at Chowringhee Road, not very far from the hotel. After having our breakfast we took a cab and reached the museum at 10 am. The museum had just opened and tourists were ready to get in.
It was established by the Asiatic Society in 1814 and has six sections dealing with anthropology, archaeology, art, geology, zoology and industry. There are 35 galleries in the museum. The museum is open to the public from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on all days of the week, except for Mondays. The entry fee is Rs.10 per person, while it is Rs.150 per person if you are a foreigner. We took the tickets and entered a large hall. We visited all the six sections and saw a lot of things. The Archaeology section had many galleries like long archaeology gallery containing sculptures from 2nd century Ad to 12th century AD, Egyptian Gallery with a mummy and other antique pieces from Egypt, Main Entrance Gallery, Bronze Gallery, Bharhut Gallery, Coin Gallery, Gandhara Gallery and Minor Art Gallery.
The Art Section included Mughal Painting Gallery, Bengal Painting Gallery, Decorative Art and Textile Gallery and South East Asian Gallery. Anthropology Section had Palaeo-Anthropology Gallery showing the evolution of man, Cultural-Anthropology Gallery, Mask Gallery with masks from different parts of India and Musical Instrument Gallery.
Geological Section had four galleries with fossils of man and animals, rocks, minerals, gems etc. Zoological Section included Bird Gallery, Fish Gallery, Amphibia and Reptilia Gallery, Mammal Gallery and Ecology Gallery. At the Botany Section we could see many plants, vegetables, fruits, handicrafts made of Jute and coconut, fabrics dyed with Indian dye, wooden toys, Goddess Durga made of jute fibre etc. the visit to the museum taught us a lot about the history and evolution of man and also many other things.