Victoria Memorial Hall

The Victoria Memorial Hall was opened in 1921. It is also a museum where people could see before them pictures and statues of men who played a prominent part in the history of India and develop a pride in their past especially in relation to the history of Calcutta . Lord Curzon conceived it. Presently it is the finest and most prominent building and art museum of Calcutta, India, under the Department of Culture, Government of India.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (5)

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Permanent Collection

The Memorial is the largest repository in India for a visual history of Calcutta. It also has a major collection of paintings, sculptures and manuscripts from the British period. To see the major collection click on any of the buttons below.

The Victoria Memorial has large collection of paintings, in oil, watercolours, aquatints by the European painters like Charles D'oyly, Johann Zoffany, William Hadges, William Simpson, Tilly Kettle, Thomas Hickey, Bultzar Solvyns, Thomas Hickey,Emily Eden and others, besides the largest collection in the world of the paintings by the Daniells. We have exhibited some of these paintings here. We have also included a brief write up on some the artists. Click on the names of the perticular artist to see their works.

In the Royal Gallery there are oil paintings depicting scenes of Queen Victoria receiving the sacrament at her coronation in the Westminster Abbey in June 1838; her marriage with Prince Albert (1840) in the Chapel Royal at St. James' Palace; the christening of the Prince of Wales in St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle (1842); marriage of the Prince of Wales (Edward VII) with Princess Alexandra (1863) ; Queen Victoria at the first Jubilee service in Westminster Abbey in 1887 and the Second Jubilee service of Queen Victoria at St. Paul's Cathedral, June 1897. These are copies of paintings by well-known artists in the collection of the British royalty. The pianoforte on which Queen Victoria received tuition in her childhood and the writing desk and chair constantly used by her for her daily correspondence at the Windsor Castle occupy the centre of the room. King Edward VII presented these to the Victoria Memorial. Beside ...+ [ Read all ]



Victoria Memorial, Kolkata, is reexhibiting

"MAJESTIC CALCUTTA - 1940-1971",
an exhibition of black & white photographs from the private collection of

Honourable Governor of West Bengal, had inaugurated
the month long exhibition
at 6.00 p.m. on Friday, 01 DEC 2006
at the North Entrance Hall, Victoria Memorial

The exhibition is rehosted from 29 MAR 2007
and shall remain on view till further notice.
Timings: 10.00 a.m. to 5.p.m. (Monday closed)

For current exhibition information please visit,


Daily ticket : Rs. 4/- per head, per entry

Monthly ticket : Rs.100/- per head.

Yearly ticket : Rs. 1000/-

(Garden tickets does not entitle entry to the museum building).

The entry fees for the museum: For Indians - the entry fee to the museum is Rs. 10/- (per head)

For all foreigners - the entry fee to the museum is Rs. 150/-(per head)

Free for school children up to 12 years age in uniform and Army personnel in uniform

Opening hours

On all working days except Mondays.
Time: 10.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs
(Ticket counter closes half an hour before the closure of galleries)
Please Note: The museum remains closed to visitors on every Monday and the office remains closed on Sundays and on 2nd Saturdays of every month and also on other Indian Government Holidays.

All Mondays, Republic Day (26th January), Holi, Independence Day (15th August), Id-ul-Fitr, Gandhiji's Birthday, Dusserah, Christmas day (25th December).


Library and Reading Room facilities for scholars and accrediated students.

[Micro film reader available to study microfilm of archival documents.]

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News and events

The Victoria Memorial Hall holds Light & Sound (Son-et-Lumiere) shows regularly, as a permanent special event.

The show entitled: ' Pride & Glory - the Story of Calcutta', was designed as a joint venture with Bengal Chamber of Commerce and is being held in both English and Bengali version.

The Show Timings are:
October to February: 6.15 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. (Bengali)
7.15 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. (English)
March to June: 6.45 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. (Bengali)
7.45 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. (English)
Rates of Ticket: Rs. 10/- and Rs.20/-. Counter opens at 12.30 p.m. (Church Gate). No advance booking. Full ticket for children above three years. No shows on Mondays, National Holidays and Holi and between July to Septembetr. For block booking contact Education Officer or email