Visit Victoria Memorial Hall, a Landmark of Kolkata

Visit Victoria memorial Hall, a historical monument, is a must visit place in Kolkata. It is Kolkata’s most famous landmark. It is almost impossible to give it a miss. The iconic structure is built entirely of white marble and easily stands out. It is distinct and elegant with its unique combination of British and Mughal architectural motifs. The building was the result of a British national’s attempt to create a replica of the Taj Mahal!

Lord Curzon, who represented the British during its rule in India, built this monument in memory of Queen Victoria. The Hall is a huge museum that needs at least 3 hours for a viewer to do moderate justice to its contents. The exhibits are all well-catalogued and displayed. Ticket charges are nominal.

Visit Victoria Memorial Hall gardens
Visit Victoria Memorial Hall statue


Displays in Victoria memorial Hall

Victoria Memorial Hall has a notable collection of weapons, sculptures, paintings, maps, coins, stamps and several other artifacts. The historical section is well-documented and presented. I could easily follow the chronology of events that led to Britain’s complete domination of India. The highlights of the Royal gallery in the Victoria Memorial Hall are the portraits of the Queen and Prince Albert. Numerous other paintings illustrate events from the Queen’s life. They offer a map of displays at the entrance to the museum. It would be good to plan out the tour inside and visit those that interest you.

Visit Victoria Memorial Hall facade


Visit Victoria Memorial Hall Kolkata


Most striking features of  Victoria memorial hall are the arches. The entrance arches soar through two high storeys. They are dominated by a colonnaded dome and capped by three tons of bronzed and victorious angel.

The most disappointing fact of  the visit Victoria Memorial Hall is that, photography wasn’t permitted inside the Hall. Museums have this unusual rule, though there is no single formula followed by museums uniformly worldwide. While the Louvre in Paris allows photography, a few museums in Italy do not permit using cameras. The Vatican museum permits photography. Strange!

Visit Victoria Memorial Hall

Visit Victoria Memorial Hall timings

Victoria Memorial Hall Museum is open on all days except Mondays. It is open 10AM to 5PM and is closed on all national holidays.

Victoria Memorial Hall Garden is open from 5.30 AM to 7 PM throughout the year and closes at 6.45PM.


The tickets cost Rs.4 per person. Non Indians have different rates.


Victoria Memorial Hall,1,
Queen’s Way,
Kolkata – 700071

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31 Responses

  1. Haddock says:

    Had been here in Dec 2012.
    Yes its a pity that they don't allow photography inside. Instead I wrote 3 blogs by taking pictures outside and of the lawns.

  2. WOW! I would love to tour this intriguing place!

  3. Awesome photos, Great post.

  4. TexWisGirl says:

    wow! really lovely and quite impressive!

  5. Viola says:

    A beautiful museum. And yes strange the rules are that different.. :º

  6. A lovely place, India at its best.

  7. Icy BC says:

    Just amazing! There is so much details everywhere you look..

  8. Sylvia K says:

    Oh, how beautiful, Indrani!! The detail is indeed incredible! I would love to visit there!! Your photos are the next best thing! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

  9. This is such a wonderful building.

  10. I visited this wonderful monument in 2010 and it was a great experience. I loved the pics…. 🙂

  11. Carver says:

    That is quite a monument. I'm sure the museum is fascinating.

  12. George says:

    What a magnificent building. The museum it holds sounds fabulous, even if no photography is allowed.

  13. Gail Dixon says:

    Those columns are my favorite part. Just beautiful!

  14. I had been there many times and used to marvel at the beauty of the building.Surely a landmark for Kolkata.

  15. Rajesh says:

    Amazing shots of Victoria Memorial.

  16. Karen says:

    It's grand, and you can see the British influence!

  17. ladyfi says:

    That is so lovely! Wonderful shots of the architecture.

  18. RNSANE says:

    It's a beautiful building but I don't believe it compares to the Taj!! Sad that one cannot take non flash photography in places.

  19. Kolkata is high on my list of places to visit in India – thanks for the nice pictures!

  20. Fun60 says:

    It does look so British with many elements reminiscent of Museums here. Like you I do not understand why we are forbidden to take photographs.

  21. Great structure. Boom & gary.

  22. eileeninmd says:

    What a lovely building! It would be nice to take a tour inside too. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

  23. Mridula says:

    I visited it when I was in 4th standard! It looks quite British! Lovely pictures.

  24. Nice shots…the treasure inside can be comparable to any museum…

  25. Amazing monuments of the past. With latest technology such buildings cannot be made today.

  26. Royal…Lovely captures…

  27. Superb architecture !

  28. Incredible architecture! Mesmerizing to say the least. Hope I get to see this for real someday. 🙂

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