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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the famous museums in Tanjore?

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The museums and art galleries at Tanjore preserve a precious part of its culture, tradition and some great works of art from the glorious Maratha and Chola periods. Visit any of the museums or galleries in Tanjore to experience a whole new experience of storytelling.


  • Saraswati Mahal Library

Take a look at some of the most precious artefacts of the Medieval era at the Saraswati Mahal Library. It is one of the oldest libraries in all of Asia and holds up to 60,000 rare palm leaf manuscripts. It houses Serfoji II's massive collection and is perhaps the best way to understand the Maratha rule and administration style. The bulk of information has been catalogued for easy navigation and in case you want to look at some unique information, that too can be done with prior permission.

Timings: 10 am to 1 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm (Tuesday-Thursday)

Entry: Free

Address: Tanjore Royal Palace (within the complex)

Tanjore

Tamil Nadu

India


  • Royal Palace Museum

With artefacts dating back to the 19th century, it holds relics of the Serfoji'sreign. Take a look at the objects here to understand the nitigrities of the Maratha rule and administration style. There is also a little handbook on Serfoji and his life available in the area. Visit this museum with kids. Who knows the mighty Maratha Ruler Serfoji might become the topic of their next school project!

Entry: INR 1, cameras extra INR 30/250

Address: Tanjore Royal Palace Complex

Tanjore

Tamil Nadu

India


  • Archaeological Museum ‚Äì Brihadeeswarar Temple

This little museum is a treat for the history buffs. It houses images and sculptures of the temple before and after the restoration work took place and helps analyze the contrast between the two. It is an interesting yet amazing way of understanding the temple architecture and the effort that went into the restoration. Analyse the valuable collection of this museum and see how history starts to unfold itself, right before your eyes!

Address: Brihadeeswarar Temple

Trichy High Road

Tanjore

Tamil Nadu

India

And if you still want to look at more artifacts, Tamil University Museum in the Tamil University campus for you to look through.

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