Five lesser-known museums of Kolkata


In addition to the famous Indian Museum, Kolkata has many other smaller museums spread all over the city. The tourists can get glimpses of culture and history of this city in these museums. In this article, the author mentions five lesser-known but very interesting museums of Kolkata. Read to know.

Kolkata was earlier known as Calcutta. Compared to Delhi, Allahabad, Ahmedabad, Varanasi, Cuttack or Chennai, the city is very young. During the last leg of the seventeenth century, Job Charnock arrived at the village near present-day North Kolkata. He purchased three villages viz., Sutanuti, Kalighat and Gobindapur. Later after the Battle of Plassey (1757), the British Governor-Generals formally declared Calcutta as the capital of British India. It remained the capital of British India until 1911. The decline of the city started after the Second World War and now the living condition of the city is vastly deteriorated. Even then, Kolkata offers many mansions, burial places, museums, temples and various other places which attract tourists. I earlier wrote about the haunted places of Kolkata, but the list has remained incomplete. In the present article, I am going to write about some lesser-known museums of Kolkata which have the potential to attract the attention of the tourists.



#1: Mother's Wax Statue Museum

Readers may very well understand that this museum has been developed to replicate Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum at Central London. Kolkata's Wax Statue Museum claims that it is the biggest wax museum in the country. There are nineteen life-size wax models of celebrities like Rabindranath Tagore and Amitabh Bachchan. Sculptor Susanta Roy has made these statues only by seeing images of the celebrities. This museum is at Eco-Tourism Park of New Town. Tourists visiting the Park must not miss this interesting museum.

#2: Boat Museum

The first and only Boat Museum of the country is in Kolkata. This interesting museum contains forty-six different models of boats including the boat used during the Harappan civilization. Among these forty-six models, there are models of boats used in ancient Tamil Nadu and Kerala. But the most interesting ones are the different boats used in Bengal before the motor-driven steamers. The museum reflects the variety of boats used in Bengal. The boat museum conclusively proves that Bengal was very developed in different types of boat-making. These boats were used for different purposes. The boat museum is located at Ambedkar Bhavan at VIP Road (North Kolkata). The museum is open on all working days from 11 a.m to 5 p.m.

#3: Tram Museum

Kolkata is the only city of India where trams still ply on the road. Even if we consider the entire world, there are only very few cities where trams can be seen plying. So the Tram Museum is historically important and it makes the old Kolkatans nostalgic. The museum is essentially a tram which was used in 1938. It houses various memorabilia like conductors' uniforms and caps and various other artifacts. Just beside the small museum, there is a wooden bench and table containing with related quotes and old Calcutta pictures. The museum is at CTC Compound at Esplanade. The entry fee is Rs. 5/- per person.

#4: Police Museum

It is an exceptionally well-maintained museum but not very well-known. This museum reflects the rich traditions of policing in the city. Among the exhibits, there are different types of firearms used by the revolutionaries, police medals, history of different branches in the police, bombshells used in the famous Alipore Conspiracy case, famous revolutionary Satyendranath Bose' revolver, hand-written pages of incomplete autobiography of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, walking stick gun, pen-knife pistol made in Pakistan, AK-47 bullets, etc. However, the major attraction of this museum is the sixty-four files on Netaji and his family members. The museum is at Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy Road. It is open for general public from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m to 5 p.m.



#5: Birla Industrial & Technological Museum

This museum will definitely attract the attention of technology-savvy people and young students. There are eleven galleries in the museum which are: Biotechnology, Children's Gallery, electricity, fascinating Physics, Life Science & Mathematics, Metals, Coal Mine, Power, Popular Science, Television and Transport. I first got the experience of going into a coal mine in this museum. The Bonsai and Cacti Garden is also very popular. This museum is located at South Kolkata. It is open on all days except Monday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Some other interesting museums of the city

In addition to these five museums, interested tourists may also visit Nehru Museum, Maulana Azad Museum, Ram Mohan Roy Museum and Rail Museum in the city. All these museums will help the tourists to understand various cultural and historical aspects of this great city of India.


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