After a hectic day at the amusement park we were all drained off energy to visit any place on that day. We decided to go for a movie at night and then came back to have our dinner in the room. The room boy as very co-operative and polite and briefed us about the specialties in the hotel. We had a delicious dinner, chatted with friends online and then went off to sleep early. Next morning we had plans to go to the Madurai Government Museum. It is at a distance of 3 to 4 km from the hotel. So we arranged the cab to take us to the museum at 9.45 in the morning.
The museum is open from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm from Saturday to Thursday, and Friday is holiday. It remains closed on Second Saturdays and other on special holidays such as Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti. We reached the place at 10 am and got inside after paying the entrance fee of Rs.10 for Indian nationals and Rs.100 for foreign nationals. The museum is located within the premises of Gandhi Museum and we had no difficulty in locating it.
The first thing that I saw when I got in through the gate was a children’s park with lots of rides, slides and other features to interest children. You have to pay for each ride and I saw that many of the rides were already occupied by children. They seemed to enjoy their ride. The museum was established in 1981, during the 5th World Tamil Conference and it was segregated into various sections dealing with zoology, botany, numismatics, archaeology, anthropology and geology. I enjoyed the fine collection of sculptures, bronzes, costumes and beautiful paintings. The sculptures were centuries old and I could also see many rare artifacts, relics, inscriptions and burial urns.
Some training sessions and summer training camps on art and culture, Tanjore paintings, screen printing, batic art etc were conducted here at the time of our visit. The museum authorities also organizes summer camps on Tamil music, Bharathanatyam, photography, yoga, karate, fabric painting, doll making, glass painting and so on.