Largest Museum in India
Indian Museum in Kolkata is the largest museum in
India. It is the ninth oldest regular museum of the world and oldest
institution of its kind in Asia Pacific region. Indian Museum is a
multipurpose and multi disciplinary institution of national importance.
The museum was established at the Asiatic Society, the earliest learned
body in the country on 2nd February 1814. Dr. Nathaniel Wallich, a
Danish botanist, was the founder curator of the museum. Indian Museum
was transferred to the present building in 1878 with two galleries.
Today, the museum has over sixty galleries of Art, Archaeology,
Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Botany sections, spreading over ten
thousand square feet area. Many rare specimens of both Indian and
Trans-Indian origin relating to Humanities and Natural Science are
preserved and displayed in museum.