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Address: Panthian Road | Egmore, Chennai (Madras), India
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Tenth century paintings, religious statues and relics occupy one...

Tenth century paintings, religious statues and relics occupy one building while the other contains mostly modern works.

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Art lover's world!!!

I would recommend this place only for real art and craft lovers who appreciate art. There are quite a few items on display like ancient books, manuscripts, stone carvings etc to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015

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New York City, New York
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139 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have rarely ever seen such a neglected and impoverished museum. Its exhibits need decent lighting and display. But for the dedicated who love art, there is plenty to be seen from Deccan to contemporary Indian paintings and wonderful bronzes from all epochs.

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140 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

I would recommend this place only for real art and craft lovers who appreciate art. There are quite a few items on display like ancient books, manuscripts, stone carvings etc to name a few. This place is badly in need of repairs and maintenance * Art Lover = Must Visit *

Thank kevinjohn1991
Bhubaneswar, India
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12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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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

Thank chinmayee_sahu4
Sunshine Coast
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276 reviews
180 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 257 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 

Thank surfair
San Diego, California
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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 

2 Thank John S
Moscow, Russia
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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.

5 Thank RooRu
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

6 Thank Siva M
Yokohama, Japan
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55 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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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36 attraction reviews
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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!

1 Thank RoseofScotland
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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