Explore the art galleries and museums of Kolkata on a full-day tour of the Gurusaday Museum, Academy Of Fine Arts, Indian Museum, Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art, and Rabindra Bharati Museum.
What to Expect
If you love culture, and have a passion for art, then this full-day tour of 3 museums and art galleries in Kolkata is a must. Bengal has always played a pivotal role in the intellectual and artistic movements that serve as hallmarks of the cultural evolution of India.
Kolkata played a prominent role in the development of modern Indian art, and with the development of newer forms, the fondness of older art forms grows. In the Museums and Art Galleries of Kolkata tour, you will get a vivid glimpse of the various products of culture, narrating a story of Indian civilization. Discover a treasure trove of rich folk art and crafts of Bengal.
You will be picked up from your Kolkata hotel at 09:00 for the start of the 8-hour tour. Depending on the day of the week, your excursion will include a visit to the Gurusaday Museum, Academy of Fine Arts, Indian Museum, Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art, and Rabindra Bharati Museum.
The Gurusaday Museum (closed on Mondays) exhibits rich folklore and handicrafts of Bengal, conceived by the futurist art connoisseur Sri Gurusaday Dutta. He was an Indian Civil Servant who worked as a District Collector during the British East India Company’s rule. The collections include displays from the world famous Kalighat school of painting, fascinating Dokra crafts, ancient art forms of Patachitras, terracotta works, and sarees of Bengal.
Visit the Academy Of Fine Arts, established in 1933, and one of India's finest art museums. It not only houses rare paintings and manuscripts, but is also among the few art centers in India that has a Textile Museum. See an exquisite range of textile items, ranging from Dakhai, Jamdani, Patola, and Benarasi silk. Another highlight is its exclusive Carpet Museum, which showcases a stupendous array of Persian carpets.
The Indian Museum (closed on Mondays) is the largest museum in India and has rare collections of antiques, armor, ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings. Founded in 1814 by Dr Nathaniel Wallich, a Danish botanist at Serampore, it has 6 sections comprising 35 galleries of cultural and scientific artifacts of art, archaeology, anthropology, geology, zoology, and economic botany.
See the fascinating Ashutosh Museum of Indian Art (closed on Saturdays & Sundays), located in the main campus of the University of Calcutta on College Street. Established in 1937, it is the first public museum in any university in India. The museum is a miniature reflection of India’s ancient heritage, with a rare collection of antique pieces and art murals that explore the civilization of Bengal.
Finally, go to the Rabindra Bharati Museum (closed on Mondays), popularly known as Jorashanko Thakurbari, and located in the former home of Rabindranath Tagore. Located near Girish Park, it was constructed in the 18th-Century by Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, and is an integral part of the Rabindra Bharati University, founded for the promotion of education in various fields of Humanities and Performing Arts.
The various exhibits at the museum consist of original paintings, photographs, and other valuable documents of Tagore, and are a source of pride for the entire nation.
The 8-hour tour includes round-trip transportation from Kolkata hotels, and the services of an English speaking guide to help you uncover the rich cultural life of Bengal and India.
- Sightseeing and excursion per itinerary
- English speaking guide
- Air-conditioned transportation
- Entrance fees
- All taxes and service charges
What's Not Included
- Any air and train fares
- Medical insurance
- Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances, such as flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare/strike or any natural calamity
- Camera fee at monuments
Know Before You Go
• Cancellation policy: 7 days prior to the commencement of tour - no cancellation charges; 3-6 days prior to date of tour - 50% cancellation charges; less than 48 days before the start of tour - no refund