Overview for The Victoria Memorial Hall: An Overview
Victoria Memorial Hall can be called a 'Historic House' by its own right, as it is a specimen of architectural form constructed in the first and second decade of the twentieth century. Moreover though it is not a habitat of Queen Victoria, it contains objects used by or associated with her. With these, other objects relating to British Rule in India are here preserved too. Though this museum possesses some objects connected with post-independent India, but its important collections are related to Queen Victoria's Reign.
Precisely, Memorial Hall can be called a 'Personalia Museum'. Personalia Museum is an attempt to bring in remembrance as well as understanding the meaningful life of a great person, who has contributed much towards the development of human society. In Personalia Museum personal collections are preserved, simultaneously relics are connected directly or indirectly with the life of the person in whose name it is established. In Victoria Memorial, audio-visual aids including photographs, contemporary newspapers, Son et Lumier etc., are used for the benefit of the visitors. Victoria Memorial Hall is a Memorial Museum of a special type, in which are synthesized the characteristics of Historical Museum and Personalia Museum.
In all, it is a place of interest and also a must for tourists coming to Kolkata. Researchers, interested in the history of British India, will find here ample materials for their use. To general visitors also, this museum is attractive for its surroundings, architectural designs, rare paintings, sculptures, arms and armours etc. Tourists from abroad, mainly from Britain, do not miss the opportunity of visiting this Museum, as it depicts the achievement of their resigning ancestors in India.
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