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Address: Panthian Road | Egmore, Chennai (Madras), India

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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Very good collection of paintings and sculptures. If you are interested in art, this is a must visit for you in Chennai.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 31, 2016
Ramkumar R
Pondicherry, India
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Pondicherry, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

Very good collection of paintings and sculptures. If you are interested in art, this is a must visit for you in Chennai.

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Kovilpatti, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2016

One of the oldest in India, the building itself is absolutely beautiful. It has works from mughal era, Ravi Varma, etc.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2015

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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 *

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Bhubaneswar, India
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Sunshine Coast
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

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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2 of 5 bubbles 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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