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Address: Panthian Road | Egmore, Chennai (Madras), India
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Description: Tenth century paintings, religious statues and relics occupy one building...
Tenth century paintings, religious statues and relics occupy one building while the other contains mostly modern works.
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Tourists are encouraged to visit this place that has several buildings housing inportant items like books, manuscripts, bronzes, stone carvings, coins, paintings etc. There are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

A must go place for any one who appreciates art and craft and wants to dig into history. Loved my tour to Chennai :D

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Tourists are encouraged to visit this place that has several buildings housing inportant items like books, manuscripts, bronzes, stone carvings, coins, paintings etc. There are some fantastic items to view in you are interested in the past History. The many beautiful buildings looks like the way the British left them in 1948. Badly needing some maintenance and repair work, and... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

The museum complex has exhibits scattered theough several old Raj era buildings. The surrounding grounds are run down, with dry fountains, broken fencing, a few pie dogs, etc., but I like that kind of atmosphere. I only went in the Chola bronze museum and the contemporary art exhibit. The later can be missed, it's more like a craft show, but... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

There are some fantastic things to see in the National Art Gallery. The Chola bronzes are a must. I also liked the massive colonial portraits and the antique furniture. The museum is very run-down, unfortunately, but still worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

One of a finest collections this museum has. Well kept and displayed. must visit museum in tamilnad. Non Indian can learn a lot from this site about Indian's art and culture. A perfect introduction at gate way of South.

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Yokohama, Japan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

on a rainy day, the first in Chennai, visiting the museum was enlightening. However, the art gallery is closed for maintainance and the entire compound needs much more care. Art is beautiful, the botanical and zoological exhibits are poorly lit and the description barely lisible. Groups of school children are noisy but they do not stay long in the room... More 

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Scotland UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

The Chola art must be seen to be appreciated. I have said it in just a few words.....go and see south Indian art and respect the antiquity thereof!

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

A strange mix of art and science exhibits, in fairly poor display. Giant dinosaurs though... The bronzes are extensive and impressive.

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Chennai (Madras), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

It is what is called elsewhere "National Gallery", Pantheon Road, Egmore. This museum was established in 1857 and it is one of the finest museums in India.According to me, its "best" is the sculpture/bronze gallery which contains very nice carvings of the different Indian faiths, and, especially, a very famous Nataraja (the Lord of Dance) dancing on the demon of... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

This was an interesting visit to quite a good, varied and large art gallery. The gallery houses several different sections displaying art ranging from statues, bronze, contemporary, needle work, traditional and abstract. It also had random displays of plastic and details on how plastic is moulded.....:p there are some incredibly beautiful intricate ivory works on display such as 2 jewellery... More 

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