Yet another tourist place in Kolkata which is the largest in India. This one was actually established by a Danish person and like most tourist attractions here, foreigners are required to pay a lot more than Indians. I was there with my flatmates and for no particular reason we visited the floor in the clock-wise direction.
The map of the museum can be found here.
This floor was all about Archaeology, Geology, as well as ancient and medieval stuff.
First we saw a Archaeology/Fossil room:
In the Archaeology/Minor Arts room and near to it, a few things were interesting:
In the Geology section there were some nice crystals, but only a geologist can appreciate all of the rocks that they had in there, so here are some basic examples:
Then there was the Paleo Anthropology room, which had artistic figurines of early human tribes and it made for some very nice, but dark pictures;
In the Cultural Anthropology section we saw a “fancy” comb:
A very interesting sight was the display of Regional Costumes of India. The funny part was that on the eastern part of India, the women appear to have fairer skin than the men, which probably indicates the amount of time spent in the kitchen:
Along the way to the next section we saw many of these:
The next section was for Archaeology/Medieval Statues. Most of them were very small and detailed, but some were quite big and the way one of them was polished seemed rather strange:
Right next to this section was the Coin Gallery and there I found something I truly didn’t expect to see:
This floor was about Ecology, animal stuffings, creatures in jars and some more fossils. The insect section was closed at the time
Some of the stuffings were appealing to me, because of the post about natures lazy combinations on Cracked.com:
Some other interesting stuffings in the Zoology/Mammal section, were:
For me, the crown jewel of the Zoology/Mammal section was the thing that you see in Sci-Fi movies about aliens:
Lastly we saw the reptile, bird and fish galleries:
Lastly, we went to see the Egyptian section and I was very happy to see my very first mummy without even going to Egypt:
If you’ve been there, please tell me whether or not it’s worth going back to see it, in the comments section. This should have been a mask gallery, but we didn’t visit it, because we had to go meet another intern who would be staying in our flat.
There was one thing that we did do before going home – just outside the museum there was a tall guy rubbing his hands, smiling and inviting us to his shop. The intern was supposed to come not far from the place where we were, so we decided to follow him (Adventure!):
The prices of the things he was offering were pretty high when compared to what you can get on the street, but we saw some foreigners there and he claimed that his products are of higher quality:
Unfortunately for them, we didn’t know much about quality, so we didn’t buy anything. If you bought stuff from this guy, please tell me how the souvenirs are holding up, because some of those elephant sculptures looked really nice.