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Kolkata Panorama


Kolkata Panorama, India’s first high-tech story-telling museum on the history of the city of Kolkata, built by Kolkata Museum Society (a Kolkata Municipal Corporation Project) is opened since 2002 in the historic Town Hall. Divided in 19 enclaves and covering an area of 1200 sq mt, the museum depicts the story of Kolkata, its social, political & socio-economic history, tumultuous freedom movement, its creative efforts in the domains of education, literature, music, performing art, science and technology. The story is told with the help of a state-of-the-art communication technology so as to involve the visitors with recreated events of the past.

Walk through the village pathways of old Kolkata, have a personal meeting with Job Charnock, walk through the battlefield of Plassey charged with emotion, interact with important leaders of Bengal Renaissance, listen to the music of old Kolkata,

pass through a traditional craft village and meet the galaxy of 19th century giants, fondly quoted by the lyricist Atul Prasad as Hem-Madhu-Bankim-Nabin and others. Sound-light-animatronics-projection on The Golden Time highlights the glorious events relating to social reforms, education, literature, science & technology and

the movement for assertion of human rights in a short span of five years, 1856-61. The enclave on Freedom Struggle takes the people to the scenes of Rakhi-bandhan by Rabindranath as a symbol of protest against the partition of Bengal,
revolutionary activities in Manicktala garden-house, assault on the Writers' Buildings by Binay-Badal-Dinesh and the inspiration derived by the freedom fighters from Swami Vivekananda and Sister Nivedita. Get emotionally involved in a panoramic circular nine-screen LCD projection on Freedom Struggle in and around Kolkata

Virtual Reality takes you to 1905 walking along with Rabindranath tying rakhi on others, escorting Subhas Chandra in full military uniform in 1928 Congress session, following the funeral procession of Rabindranath in 1941, or taking part in the street jubilation on the 15th August, 1947.

Move through sound-light-video-animated enclaves showing the emergence of a new culture around the House of Tagores and contemporary exponents of art, literature, music, drama and film. Importance of Kolkata University, National Council of Education, Kolkata Municipal Corporation in education, nationalist movement and self-governance is highlighted.

The trauma of 1940s is a highly dramatised sound-light-video-actuated simulation of the event of Quit India Movement of 1942, the Bengal Famine of 1943, the spontaneous agitation against the INA trial of 1945-46, the infamous communal riot of 1946, Gandhiji's peace move and finally the joy and sorrow of independence and partition of the country in 1947.

The presentation ends with an enclave projecting Kolkata as the Culture Capital of India, as a torch bearer in literature, dance drama, experimental theatre, films, sports, classical music and modern songs.

The Town Hall Library & Archives has been built up with a huge prestigious collection of rare books on Kolkata on the upper floor of the Town Hall and opened to the researchers in 2004. Now it is growing to assimilate relevant information about the city under one roof.  Any researcher interested in the city of Kolkata can use this reading room with a readership card.

Besides Kolkata Museum Society also organizes educational program through lectures, debates, discussions, seminars etc. in every consecutive year on the related subjects for the dissemination of knowledge of the school students in particular and people in general.


Mailing address : Kolkata Museum Society, Town Hall, 4, Esplanade Row (West), Near Raj Bhawan, Assembly House, High Court & A. G. Bengal. Kolkata—700001, West Bengal, India.
Phone : 91-33-2248 3085, 91-33-2213 1098. Telefax - 91-33-2248 6165


Timings :

                                                 Tickets :

Opening Time : 11.00 O’clock Morning. Closing Time : 6.00 O’clock Evening. Tickets available from 11.00 O’clock morning to 5.00 O’clock Evening.

                                                 Tuesday to Friday : Rs.10/-.
                                                 Saturday,Sunday & Other Holidays : Rs.15/- .School Group : Rs.5/-                                                  only from Tuesday to Friday.


Open everyday except Mondays, Holi and Diwali.