Government Museum is situated at Egmore
, one of the busiest areas in Chennai
, Tamil Nadu
. Founded in 1851, it exhibits various specimens pertaining to zoology, botany, anthropology and geology. The museum has a fine archaeological section representing all the major south Indian periods including Chola
The bronze gallery housed in the museum is a fine repository of Chola art. Most of the bronze sculptures date back to the late Pallava and Chola periods - between the 9th and 12th centuries. The bronze image of Ardhanariswara is an eye-catching one. The museum also has separate sections for philately and children. It also houses a good ethnology collection. Informative lectures and film shows are conducted occasionally. The museum has a well stocked library.
Government Museum is open from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs.
Chennai Egmore Railway Station is the nearest railhead.