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Tenth century paintings, religious statues and relics occupy one building...

Tenth century paintings, religious statues and relics occupy one building while the other contains mostly modern works.

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Must see place in Chennai

It is within Government Museum, separate building. Huge collection of paintings, Art work, Sculptures. It is a must see place in Chennai.

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Pondicherry, India
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Pondicherry, India
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is within Government Museum, separate building. Huge collection of paintings, Art work, Sculptures. It is a must see place in Chennai.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

In a very large city with not so many cultural and art interests the National Art Gallery is a wonderful surprise (even if many of the collections a were closed). Bronze sculpture gallery is fantastic!

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Pondicherry, India
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Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Very good collection of paintings and sculptures. If you are interested in art, this is a must visit for you in Chennai.

1 Thank Ramkumar R
Kovilpatti, India
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Reviewed 29 February 2016

One of the oldest in India, the building itself is absolutely beautiful. It has works from mughal era, Ravi Varma, etc.

Thank Shyamis
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 22 October 2015

I have rarely ever seen such a neglected and impoverished museum. Its exhibits need decent lighting and display. But for the dedicated who love art, there is plenty to be seen from Deccan to contemporary Indian paintings and wonderful bronzes from all epochs.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2015

I would recommend this place only for real art and craft lovers who appreciate art. There are quite a few items on display like ancient books, manuscripts, stone carvings etc to name a few. This place is badly in need of repairs and maintenance * Art Lover = Must Visit *

Thank kevinjohn1991
Bhubaneswar, India
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Reviewed 27 June 2015

A must go place for any one who appreciates art and craft and wants to dig into history. Loved my tour to Chennai :D

Thank chinmayee_sahu4
Sunshine Coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2015

Tourists are encouraged to visit this place that has several buildings housing inportant items like books, manuscripts, bronzes, stone carvings, coins, paintings etc. There are some fantastic items to view in you are interested in the past History. The many beautiful buildings looks like the way the British left them in 1948. Badly needing some maintenance and repair work, and... More 

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 27 March 2015

The museum complex has exhibits scattered theough several old Raj era buildings. The surrounding grounds are run down, with dry fountains, broken fencing, a few pie dogs, etc., but I like that kind of atmosphere. I only went in the Chola bronze museum and the contemporary art exhibit. The later can be missed, it's more like a craft show, but... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 26 November 2014

There are some fantastic things to see in the National Art Gallery. The Chola bronzes are a must. I also liked the massive colonial portraits and the antique furniture. The museum is very run-down, unfortunately, but still worth a visit.

5 Thank RooRu

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