National Museum, Kolkata
The Indian museum, located at 27, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Park Street area. Kolkata, West Bengal-700016, popularly known as ‘Jadughar’ is the ninth oldest museum across the world. It is the largest museum across India and boasts exquisite collections of ancient sculpture, antiques, ornaments, paintings, fossils and other cultural and natural specimens. The museum was established by the Asiatic Society of Bengal in 1814. Designed by Walter B Granville, the museum has two wings converging on a portico supported by Corinthian columns.
Three important galleries in the Museum are maintained by Geological Survey of India. These are the Siwalik Gallery, the Rocks and Minerals Gallery, and the Invertebrate Gallery which contains the collections of the former Geological Museum and those belonging to the Geological Survey of India, together with a certain number of specimens belonging to the Asiatic Society of Bengal. Initially, Mr. F.R. Mallet along with 23 other geologists between the 1846 and 1859 were engaged in collection, maintenance and establishment of the Geological Section.
N.B.: Source “The Indian Museum: 1814-1914”, 1914-First Published, 2004-Reprint.