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National Art Gallery

Address: Panthian Road | Egmore, Chennai (Madras), India
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Tenth century paintings, religious statues and relics occupy one building while the other contains...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: Tenth century paintings, religious statues and relics occupy one building while the other contains mostly modern works.

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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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35 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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chennai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

The selection of and display is very good. It is comparable some of the best in the country. It is kept clean. The lighting effect is also good

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Greer, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012 via mobile

We are going to be here for three years and we went here fairly early in the expatriation. If I were just visiting I would skip this as it is depressing to see the poorly maintained property. Some of the exhibits are interesting but overall it was disappointing. If you're here for a long stay then I suggest waiting for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

There are some very interesting exhibits here in these rather run-down victorian buildings. The exhibits are well displayed along with interesting descriptions of most pieces. The museum was quite crowded and there seemed to be a lot of school parties, but the children looked smart in their uniforms and were well behaved and supervised. Well worth visiting for a couple... More 

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