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  Academy of Fine Arts  Academy of Coins & History  Arts Acre
  Asiatic Society Birla Academy of Art & Culture Birla Indst. & Tech Museum
  CIMA Art Gallery Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalay Govt. College of Art & Crafts
  Gurusaday Museum  Indian Museum  Jorasanko Thakurbari
  Metcalfe Hall  National Library Nehru Children Museum
  Netaji Research Bureau  Rabindra Bharati Museum  RK Mission Institute of Culture
Academy of Fine Art
Academy of Fine Arts

Established in 1933, the Academy is a place where the city's culturally conscious intellectuals converge. It's art galleries feature exhibitions by contemporary artists throughout the year. The Rabindra gallery contains personal belongings, manuscripts and paintings by Tagore. Situated near Victoria Memorial, its galleries are open daily from 3 pm to 8 pm (except the Rabindra Gallery; 12.00 noon to 6 pm daily, closed on Mondays).

Address: 2, Cathedral Road, Kolkata 700016.
Ph.: 2223 4302 /4303

Academy of Indian Coins & History
Established in 1997, a voluntary organisation dealing in ancient Indian coins and history. It is opened on weekdays from 11 am to 1 pm. Address: 361/B, Rabindra Sarani
Arts Acre
A village for the visual arts with art gallery, artists in residence and artists at work. Address: Gopalpur , 24 Parganas (North), Pin - 743518

Ph.: 2331 1372 (City Office)
Asiatic Society
Located at 1 Park Street, Kolkata 700016, this institution is a famous centre of Indology, Literature and Scientific Research. It was founded by Sir William Jones in 1784 with Warren Hastings as its first patron. Its library contains about 20000 volumes including about 8000 rare Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian and Hindi manuscripts.
Birla Academy of Art & Culture
A well maintained state gallery with exhibits depicting the artistic and cultural heritage of India and a permanent exhibition of Indian contemporary art. There are also archaeological specimens there. It is open from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Address: 108 & 109 Dr. Meghnad Saha Sarani Kolkata - 700 029
Ph.: 2466 2843 / 6802
Birla Industrial & Technological Museum
Established in 1966, a permanent exhibition of industrial and technological progress in India. A seat of learning of modern science and technology for students, research scholars etc. Has a workshop which designs and produces much of its exhibits. Closed on Mondays.

Address: 19A Gurusaday Road. Kolkata - 700019
Ph.: 2247 7241-43 / 6102
Centres of International Modern Art (CIMA)
Establishes in 1993, the CIMA Art Gallery is situated at 'Sunny Tower' in Asutosh Chowdhury Avenue, near Birla Temple. It is the first Art Gallery in Calcutta matching international standards and its cover area is no less than 11,500 sq. ft.
Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalay
Located in Barrakpore, this smarak sangrahalaya holds a library and a museum on the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

Address: 14, Riverside Road Barrackpore - 743 101 West-Bengal Ph: 5600170
Government College of Art & Crafts
An almamater of many artistes and sulptors of national and international fame.

Address: 28 J.L.Nehru Rd. , Kolkata - 700071
Ph.:2249 2027
Gurusaday Museum
About 15km from Kolkata on the Diamond Harbour Road, this museum contains a small but rich collection of the folk arts and crafts of undivided Bengal. Seminars & demonstrations on folk art & culture are held in the annexe and the grounds of the museum.

Address: Bratacharigram, Joka South 24 Parganas.
Indian Museum
Situated in Chowringhee on Jawaharlal Nehru Road, it was founded in 1814. It is the largest museum in the country and has rare collection of antiques, armour & ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, mughal paintings etc. It remains opened everyday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Mondays during March to November & between 10 am - 4:30 pm during December to February.

Address: J.L.Nehru Road. Kolkata 700 071
ph.: 2249 9902 / 8931
Jorasanko Thakurbari
Situated near Girish Park on Chittaranjan Avenue, the birth place of National Poet Rabindra Nath Tagore. The home of the Tagore family is now the premises of Rabindra Bharati University and a museum of Tagore memorabilia.

Address: 286 Rabindra Sarani. North Kolkata
Ph.: 2239 5242
Metcalfe Hall
Located in Strand Road, it is an imperial library with one hall. Its thirty column rising 3feet and resembling the ' Tower of Winds ' in Athens, homours Sir Charles Metcalfe's efforts towards a free press.
National Library
The 2nd largest library in Asia . Its collection is in excess of 1million books and 5,00,000 manuscripts, with a number of over 18,000 reader-members. Several notable persons have donated their invaluable collections to the Library at different times. Sadar – Ud-ddin, the Zaminder of Buhor, Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee, Surendra Nath Sen etc. are some famous donors. These have added to the value and content of books in this prestigious institution.

Address: Belvedere Road. Alipore. Kolkata 700 027.
Ph.: 2479 1381

Nehru Children Museum
It is a centre for children's activity, collection of puppets depicting the Ramayana & the Mahabharata, toys & dolls and a huge library for children. This is opened on all days except Mondays from 12-00 noon to 8 pm.

Address: 94/1 J.L. Nehru Road. Kolkata -20
Ph.: 2223 3517.
Netaji Research Bureau
Established in 1961 at the Bose family house on Elgin Road, this bureau holds the Netaji Subhas Ch. Bose archieval material including Freedom Library and his personal effects. It is open from 12 noon to 4 pm.

Address: Elgin Road , Lala Rajpat Rai Sarani
Ph.: 2475 6139
Rabindra Bharati Museum
The Museum contains vestiges of the Bengal Renaissance of the nineteenth century. Situated near Girish Park on Chittaranjan Avenue, it is open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on weekdays (1.30 p.m. on Saturdays).

Ph.: 2239 6601 / 6610 / 5241
Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture
The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture at Gol Park, Calcutta, is a branch of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math (Worldwide headquarters of all RKM centres and sub-centres.). The Institute is well known for its philanthropic, educational and cultural activities all over the world. The building is having a very good Auditorium with a very good Library which contains rare books on History, Religion, Philosophy etc.

Address: Gol Park, Calcutta - 700 029
Ph: 2464 1303/ 04/ 05
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