Indian Museum also known as the Jadu Ghar is still considered to be one of the oldest museums of its kind. This fact holds true not only with regards to Kolkata or West Bengal, but India too and through the whole of the Asia-Pacific region. It was previously founded by a botanist named Dr. Nathaniel Wallich on the 2nd of February, 1814. It was in 1878 when the building was renovated and transferred under the Asiatic Society. Although, the museum had started with two galleries, it has now several wings under it covering subjects like that of Botany, Zoology, Art, Anthropology, Archelogy and Geology. It is now an autonomous organization working under Ministry of Culture and the Government of India.
Thereís a good display of the Indian antiquities starting from the textiles, old ornaments, armors, skeletons, fossils, Mughal paintings, mummies, stuffed animals, old sculptures and what not. The entry fee is a meagre 10, and may be that is the reason as to why it hasnít been well kept. It is one of the most important heritage buildings not only of Kolkata, but of India too and so it is extremely important to maintain the same.
It is not only the Kolkatans and people from India who visit this place, but people coming from all over the world make sure to never miss the chance of visiting the museum. However, if you are planning to visit the museum at present it would be better to stay cautious as it is currently undergoing the much needed renovation.