Victoria Memorial Hall, Chennai

Victoria Memorial Hall, Chennai

The National Art Gallery in the Museum complex is located in the Victoria Memorial Hall, Chennai.

Victorial Memorial Hall, Chennai

The website of the Government Museum, Chennai has the photograph of the Victorial Memorial Hall in all the pages.

Victorial Memorial Hall, Chennai

The site plan numbers buildings located in the Museum Complex in the site plan and the National Art Gallery located in the VIctoria Memorial Hall is numbered as 5 in the site plan, which can be seen in the link

According to the website the following are supposed to be located in the National Art Gallery (Victoria Memorial Hall) :

1. Decorative Art Gallery
2. Tanjore Painting Gallery
3. Indian Traditional Art Gallery
4. Ravi Varma Painting Gallery

When I visited the Government Museum complex last Sunday (March 11, 2007), the photographs posted here were shot.

Another photograph taken at the NAG is posted below :

Victoria Memorial Hall, Chennai

Now the building is sealed and a notice in Tamil and English says that “The Building is in damaged condition. Visitors are advised not to walk or sit near the building”

Victoria Memorial Hall is known for its historical importance and the architectural style.It is definitely one of the heritage buildings of Chennai and deserves to be maintained in proper condition. There is no mention of the present state of the Victoria Memorial Hall in the website of the Government Museum and the plans of the authorities to renovate / repair the buildings. Will the Museum Authorities / State Government take steps to preserve this wonderful building ?

(with inputs from websites and a personal visit to the premises on March 11, 2007)

5 Comments so far

  1. Bharath (unregistered) on March 18th, 2007 @ 12:02 am

    wonderful to see the pictures. sad to see that the building is sealed off. too bad the government doesn;t care about heritage and restoration, guess they’re too busy giving away free colour tvs..

  2. AB (unregistered) on March 18th, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

    Wonderful pictures..grand

  3. david appasamy (unregistered) on March 19th, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

    GVB, great that you highlighted the plight of this wonderful heritage building. I hope other media, especially the newspapers and TV take it up; As well as organizations like INTACH, if they have not already. Any one knowing any thing about this, pl leave a comment.

  4. pong (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 9:06 am

    GVB, thanks for providing references and editing your post. — pong

  5. nandhu (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

    nice pics, balu sir. hope they renovate the building soon.

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