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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous museums in Tiruchirappalli?

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Even though much of Tiruchirappalli’s history can be seen looming in the skyline, but its sole museum brings together much that represents the daily life of the city and surrounding regions through the centuries-the people and their objects, the daily minutiae of life that counts.

  • Government Museum


On your way up or down
Rockfort, near Rani Mangammal Mahal, you can find Tiruchirappalli’s only museum. Time travel with the displays of the museum-ancient fossils, prehistoric Megalithic, Palaeolithic and Neolithic tools, earthen and metal moulds, palm leaf inscriptions to sculptures of Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Lord Vishnu, Lord Nataraj and Goddess Durga. Tamil art, bronze and stone statues are some of the more rare collections of the museum. There is also a separate section on tribal items including a model of the Pachamalai hills.

If you are a coin collector, then prepare yourself to get overwhelmed and for over the top excitement as the museum has  an excellent collection of rare ancient Indian coins. For the zoologists and naturalists, there is quite a collection of rare species of insects, birds and mammals to explore.

The museum stays open from 10 am to 5 pm.


The entry fees for adults is INR 5, children INR 3 and foreign nationals INR 100.

        

Address: Government Museum Trichy
Rockfort
Tiruchirappalli
620002
Tamil Nadu
India

        

  • Anna Science Center: Planetarium


If you are even the slightest of interest in the workings of
science and Mother Earth, the problems that plague her and the solutions within our control, visit the Anna Science Center Planetarium and you could turn this curiosity to something of a passion. Initiated in 1999 to render educational services especially to children and younger generation the planetarium exhibits on the themes of Ecosystems, Biogeochemical cycles, Biodiversity Conservation, Pollution and sustainable Energy sources. There are a total of 11 galleries with each as exciting and enlightening as the next.

For example, the transport gallery traces the development of air, water and land transport right from its very roots while the Heart Museum has on display the hearts of various species including the whale and elephant to help you understand the evolution of life. The Planetarium is a must visit for children. In addition to the galleries and museum, there is a separate corner for kids to help them understand and appreciate scientific functions and laws with a great deal of enjoyment and fun-an ideal place to fastrack that budding interest in science.

The 3D Science theater is the place to head if you ever found science-biology, physics-boring. The theater, through its 3D science movies, takes you through space missions, astronomy, deep seas and wild jungles.


The entry fees varies with the part of the Planetarium you visit, but in general the Science center fees for adults is INR 20 and for children below 12 INR 10 while if you visit the Planetarium and the 3D Science theater then there is an additional charge of INR 20 and 10 for adults and INR 10 and INR 10 for kids.


The center is open from 11:45 am to 2:15 pm for sessions in english while for sessions in Tamil the timings are 10:30 am to 4:45 pm.


Address: Anna Science Planetarium
Pudukkottai Road
Tiruchirappalli
620002
Tamil Nadu
India

Come back with enlightened self and expanded horizons-a truly wholesome vacation!

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