This Renovated Museum In Dalhousie Was Formerly The Agra Bank

Museums

Old Currency Building

Binoy Badal Dinesh Bag, Kolkata

11-B, Lal Dighi, BBD Bagh, Kolkata

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What Makes It Awesome

Standing tall with its enormous grandeur on BBD Bagh Dalhousie Square is the Old Currency Building. To delve into its brief history, this majestic building was founded in 1833 and housed the Agra Bank. It then briefly operated as the mint and then became, what is known as the Currency Building in 1868.

You will be welcomed by three huge wrought iron gates and the floor inside covered with marble and chunar sandstone. As you move toward the open area in the ground floor, you would see half-completed (or rather half-demolished) dome structures. The story behind the incident is that the PWD started demolishing the building in 1996 but the Calcutta Municipal Corporation intervened and saved it from being razed, and ASI took up the project of restoring the building. But by then, the three massive central domes were already brought down.

Spread across three floors, this building is now acting as an art gallery-cum-museum and it is open to public viewing. The Delhi Art Gallery, along with the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), have brought a lot of exhibition materials to the Currency Building. Get ready to be swept by the mesmerising works spanning over two centuries of Bengal's art, including works of artists such as Biren De, Hemen Mazumdar, Ganesh Pyne, Gopal Ghose, Radha Charan Bagchi and Nandalal Bose, among other stalwarts.

Pro-Tip

The NGMA is planning to take over the western wing of the building and create a permanent exhibition hall.

Museums

Old Currency Building

Binoy Badal Dinesh Bag, Kolkata

11-B, Lal Dighi, BBD Bagh, Kolkata

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