Relive the past! 10 Best Museums in Chennai

Museums in Chennai

A visit to a museum is a search for beauty, truth, and meaning in our lives. Go to museums as often as you can.
– Maira Kalman

Best Museums in Chennai

Museums give you a chance to get to know some of the world’s top creative minds and can provide insight into our history!  Chennai has a number of museums including art, history, archaeology, philately, science, and technology.

Here are the best museums to visit in Chennai:

  1. Vivekanandar Illam

Museums in Chennai - Vivekanandar Illam

Vivekanandar Illam (Vivekananda House) now houses a Permanent Exhibition on Indian Culture and Swamiji’s Life, maintained by the Chennai branch of the Ramakrishna Math and is a source of inspiration to thousands of people who visit it every year.

2. Regional Railway Museum

Regional Railway Museum

The Chennai Rail Museum is a railway museum in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, which has a rich rail heritage of India. It is located in over 6.25 acres of land with the host of both technical and heritage exhibits with a sizable collection of steam engines belonging to various decades of the British Raj. The museum also exhibits various vintage coaches such as Ooty trains endemic to the Indian railways.

3. Click Art Museum

Click Art Museum

Click Art Museum is India’s first of its kind 3D interactive “Trick Art” museum! This museum is a place with big pictures of optical illusions that will fill one’s head with Idyllic creations. It will make the participant’s to find themselves transformed into another world, probably re-born as Mona Lisa’s guest or Atlas’s Friend, A world of trick art!

4. Dakshina Chitra

Dakshina Chitra

DakshinaChitra is an exciting cross-cultural living museum of art, architecture, lifestyles, crafts and performing arts of South India. DakshinaChitra has a collection of 18 authentic historical houses with contextual exhibitions in each house.

5. Government Museum

Government Museum Chennai
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 fiber optic sculpture.

6.  Fort St.George Museum

Fort St George Museum Chennai
Fort St. George, which was previously known as White Town, is the name of the first British fortress in India. Opened in 1644 in the city now known as Chennai, this fort proved to be the initial structure in an uninhabited land that lead to the development of a settlement and trading hub that later evolved into the city. This museum was originally the Madras Bank. However, it now houses some of the oldest exhibits of English rule over India. Here there are objects such as British weapons, coins, medals and uniforms on display as well as artifacts from Scotland, Franc, and India.

7. Periyar Science & Technology Centre

Periyar Science & Technology Centre
Periyar Science Technology Centre is part of Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centres and is one of the leading science centers of South India. It has more than eight galleries dedicated to fields like science, electrical, communication technologies, inventions, transportations, etc. Children can have fun while practically learning scientific concepts like motion, light, sound, pressure, energy, electricity, magnetism, environment and more. They also have engaging parks for children such as Science Park, Echo Park, and Traffic Park.

8.  Dr. Arun’s Photography and Vintage Camera Museum

Dr. Arun's Photography and Vintage Camera Museum
This interesting museum showcases the old antique and Vintage camera collection of Dr.A.V.Arun. The camera collection consists of more than a 1700 cameras from all over the world and most of them in good and mint condition. The cameras are cataloged and dated as per information available and traceable. The oldest cameras date back to 1875. Other than film cameras, the collection also consists of light meters, movie cameras, movie projectors, camera catalogs, and a lot of accessory photographic equipment.

9. Ramanujan Museum & Math Education Centre

Ramanujam Museum
The Ramanujan Museum and Math Education Center is a small one-room museum. This little-known museum is a treasure house of pictures, letters and documents focussing on one of the greatest and most enigmatic mathematicians of the 20th Century.

10.  Live Art Museum

Live Art Museum
Live Art Museum is the world’s 1st Silicone Museum! It gives the visitors are real-life experience of meeting famous personalities and leaves an everlasting impression in their minds with the life-size replicas of silicon statues!

Read why you must take children to Museums and how a visit can change a child’s whole world! Also, check out these cool online Museums for kids!

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