The Government Museum in Egmore is the second oldest museum in the country and has some of the coolest sights you can see. All for the price of INR 15! The first thing we saw was a life-size, animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex. Yes! The exhibit is located in the natural history section next to a room with a skeleton of a whale. While it can’t walk, the head of the T-Rex moves from side to side and looks surprisingly life-like. Fans of Jurassic Park, prepare to have your minds blown!
We also found one of the oldest libraries in the country here — the Connemara Library. Located inside the Government Museum complex, this library was started in 1890 and is known mainly for all the centuries-old publications and ancients texts that it maintains. You can even find the Bible published in 1608 here. There are 599,999 other books to check out too.
The Government Museum also has a Children’s Museum that's filled with colourful visual exhibits of animal history, Indian history, scientific advancement, and other general knowledge that we’ve all come to pass as commonly known. We remember having fond memories of being taken here as a child.
From there we went to the Natural History Museum and felt like we were on a Nat Geo site. With a vast collection of animal exhibits from across the globe along with placards giving us details about the species, we couldn't help but feel that way. Totes worth a visit!
That's not it. It gets cooler! You have The Museum Theatre at the Government Museum to check out. A technological marvel as well as a hub for the city’s theatre groups, The Museum Theatre can accommodate about 600 people and comes with impressive acoustics. Come here for plays, and you will find the performer's voices resonate through the walls and heard even at the furthermost seats. It's also fully airconditioned.
We also discovered some beautiful trees here. While not officially on the museum's list of attractions, Government Museum is known for its magnificent neem, tamarind, mango and banyan trees that offer plenty of shade and a space to relax under. There's also a sculpture garden with intricately drawn stone sculptures that look really pretty.