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“Not as bad as everyone says”
Review of Government Museum

Government Museum
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$47.50*
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Private Tour: Half-Day Chennai Sightseeing with...
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This majestic complex comprises six buildings and nearly fifty galleries; the impressive works cross every era and branch of science and art, from zoology and anthropology to puppetry, painting and fibre optic sculpture.
Reviewed July 3, 2013

We were a little nervous visiting this museum, because of all the bad reviews, but we wanted to find something indoors to escape the heat, so we went anyways. Of course, it turned out that not all of the buildings had A/C... even so, I actually thought the content was quite good.
We skipped the Children's Museum because of all the bad reviews. The bronze gallery was fine, but didn't have much context on anything displayed, which I really like to see (I did like the section up front about how bronze statues are made and restored, though!)
The Natural History museum has a LOT of stuff, though the presentation isn't the greatest- like others said, a little bit like a warehouse. We didn't stay long in there because there was nothing you couldn't see in another museum, and there was no AC.
The National Art Gallery and Contemporary Art Gallery were in the same, gloriously air-conditioned multi-story building. I really enjoyed the National Art Gallery (first floor), which covered crafts, textiles, etc from the area. There was just enough info and just enough things on display.
The Contemporary Art Gallery had a lot of paintings by Indian artists, but they needed to be organized and dated. I hope somebody from the museum is working on that.

Thank C0rnMuffin
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

good collection- but needs good maintenance, professionalism and showcasing with modernisation. stpertiseaff can be trained - get overseas ex

Thank debashish_danda
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Egmore museum is a nice one where you could see sculptures of various centuries, metalic monuments, ancient coins and currencies,very informative zoological museum, kids areas like replicate of Dynosur in size,action and sound. If you are very fond of these then you need atleast 3 hrs to go around. Spacious location. you could see so much of trees, an escape from heat with in the city. Enough of parking and nominal entrance fees. Very famous Connemara Library is in the same campus. Excellent one for book worms.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

must see the Ardhanareeswarar statue, most sections are closed for renovation, I was travelling with a foreign group, need loads of up gradation, the toilet is something which should be the priority, shabbily maintained not fit for foreign tourists.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

A good place to go .. with lovely artifacts, sculptures in a very green surrounding but very poor maintenance, No proper sanitation, no good restaurants inside.. A great place.. neither the people who visit have value for it or the people who are suppose to be the caretaker. May become a history by itself if not preserved

2  Thank Aparna S
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