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“worst museum I have ever visited”

Indian Museum (Jadu Ghar)
New York City, New York
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48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“worst museum I have ever visited”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

First off they do not let ANY bags. The place looked iffy for checking your bags so we walked back to the hotel to drop everything off before going through it. Besides one exibit that is hard to find because it is hidden away I thought the entire place to be filled with not much at all. It was dusty and not well maintained. The pictures were in the sun or the information regarding it was small typed or missing all together. They had rooms full of stones after stones. The place is a waste of time.

The one exibit worth seeing if you must visit this place is their room of displays of different tribes of India. They display what they would wear/scenery and a map of where they are located. Very interesting. Not worth your time overall though.

Visited January 2013
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“old is Gold”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

Must see if you are in Kolkata .... one of the oldest Museum ..... good collection of items.............

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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103 reviews
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“Good, but I expected a better display.”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

I'm risking sounding smug, and for that I apologize. But it was frankly a little sloppy in the buidling.

First, we went into a sort of paleontology display. Some interesting things, but they could have been laid out that way by grade school kids. Then we went upstairs to displays of some of the varying Indian sub-cultures, Santhals (who are Adivasi), Khasis, many of whom I know (and are not Adivasi but linguistically they seem to come from Southeast Asia). That was pretty well done. Then there were displays of sculptures of gods, and that too was okay.

The entry fee was okay, only something like Rs. 150. The restroom facilities left something to be desired, and I wish the gift shops had had more.

There were lots of hustlers outside selling, and trying to get you to their shops. But that's okay. I get to enjoying them.

If you're expecting a display like you'd see in the United States or Europe, you'll probably be disappointed, though I don't doubt the professionalism or expertise of those responsible for the museum. So I'm not making some kind of ethic criticism. Just that, again, you might be disappointed.

Visited December 2012
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129 reviews
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“Very near to new market area. A must see Museum.”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

A must see museum. Very old collections are well preserved. The Biological section is more interesting. The Skeleton of the Whale is worth seeing. You can imagine how big will be a whale, although you have not seen a live whale.

Visited February 2012
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Jodhpur, India
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“Storehouse of Information – Indian Museum”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

If you are looking for information on the rich history of Kolkata, West Bengal, India, and Asia; then there could be no better choice in comparison to the Museum of the Asiatic Society, a storehouse of information.

Established in 1814, it has a large collection of paintings, sculptures, bronzes, coins, inscriptions, and manuscripts. Popular art works of the Museum include paintings like Cleopatra, Banaras Ghat, Cupid sleeping in the clouds, and infant Christ among others.

Highlight of the museum however is the library that is considered to be its crowing glory with unique and rich collection of materials. Most of the collections have been received in form of gifts from renowned persons and include many Persian scripts as well.

Don’t forget to visit all the four sections of printed book department such as the European Languages, Sanskrit and other modern Indian Languages, Perso-Arabic and Urdu Languages, and the Sino-Tibetan and South Asian Languages.

Visited August 2012
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