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Victoria Memorial Hall
Victoria Memorial Hall

Victoria Memorial Hall

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165 Reviews
1 Queen's Way, Kolkata, India, 700071

The Basics

The Victoria Memorial Hall is made from Makrana marble, the same material used to construct the Taj Mahal, and shares many similar features with India’s best-known monument. Inside is a museum that provides visitors a walk through the history of Kolkata and the complex relationship between Britain and India in West Bengal. The 25 galleries display more than 3,500 Raj-related artifacts, including Queen Victoria’s desk and piano. The memorial is a stop on many Kolkata tours, along with sights such as St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Mother House, by air-conditioned vehicle. Some tour options include lunch.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Kolkata

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Monument Full day trip
Daydream148118, Dec 2019
Monument Full Day Trip Including Mother House, Victoria Memorial With Lunch
Excellent tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. Covered all the main sites of Kolkata with adequate time. A good combination of walking and not all the time in the car. Driver was very good
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Very Good Private Tour in Kolkata
Gail828, Nov 2019
Monument Full Day Trip Including Mother House, Victoria Memorial With Lunch
This is a great tour is you are short on time in Kolkata, as it enables you to visit most of the highlights very quickly. I had a wonderful time in Kolkata and will definitely return again in the future. Lovely driver and guide, very helpful, professional and courteous throughout the day.
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Great Private Day Tour in Kolkata
Gail828, Nov 2019
Monument Full Day Trip Including Mother House, Victoria Memorial With Lunch
Had a great full day private tour of Kolkata, covering most of the cities highlights in a very short space of time, as I only had 1.5 days in the city! Nice driver and guide.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Victoria Memorial Hall is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in history.

  • Day passes to the garden can be purchased separately.

  • The lovely gardens surrounding the monument make for pleasant picnicking, especially on cooler days.

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How to Get There

The Victoria Memorial Hall is situated in the heart of Kolkata's Hastings area, on the southeastern side of the sprawling Maidan green space. The area is walkable, with plenty of Raj-era attractions within easy reach on foot, including the historic buildings of Park Street. For those relying on public transit, the Victoria Memorial is about a 10-minute walk from the Rabindra Sadan metro station.

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When to Get There

The Victoria Memorial Hall is open Wednesday through Monday from 10am to 5pm. The best time to visit is first thing in the morning, on a weekday, when crowds are small. If you’re more interested in the architecture than the museum inside the structure, you may prefer to stop by in the evening, when the building is beautifully illuminated.

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Memorial Architecture

The Victoria Memorial Hall was designed by architect William Emerson, who was also responsible for Mumbai's Crawford Market and Allahabad's All Saints Cathedral. The Indo-Saracenic style dominates here, with towers, domes, and terraces along with Corinthian features. Statues adorn the exteriors, and a towering sculpture of the Angel of Victory stands atop the central dome.

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