Kolkata is known for their rich culture and Victoria Memorial. Like Agra is known for Taj Mahal, Kolkata is known for Victoria Memorial and often it is known Taj Mahal of East. It is a large white marble building built in 1921 in the memory of Queen Victoria. Now it is converted into a museum and visitors can visit this place by paying a nominal fee for entry. It is located on the banks of the Hooghly river. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations of Kolkata and it is very popular among the local residents.
Kolkata Victoria Memorial is a famous historical place made in the British era. The complex is surrounded by trees, gardens and multiple water bodies. It is one of the famous picnic spot for all Kolkata residents. If you are in Kolkata for a visit, make sure to include this place in your itinerary. In the evening it looks more beautiful and light and sound are spectacular here.
About Victoria Memorial History
Victoria Memorial was built in the memory of Queen Victoria. Foundation stone of this monument was laid by Prince of Wales on 4 January 1906. William Emerson was the architecture of this grand building. Almost 15 years took on the construction of the memorial. It is made of white Makrana marble. It was opened for general public in 1921. It is surrounded by huge garden and they are spread in an area of 64 acres. It has around 30 thousand items as of 2009.
Victoria memorial Timing
Memorial is spreads in large area. The timings of memorial gallery and gardens are different. Below are the timings of Victoria memorial and garden.
Victoria Memorial Gallery Timings: It remains open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Monday is the week off. Ticket counters closes at 4.30 PM. Victoria Memorial Hall gallery also closes on national holidays.
Victoria Memorial Gardens Timing: Garden opens early in the morning at 5.30 and it closes at 6.30 in the evening. Garden remains open seven days of the week.
Victoria Memorial Hall Free Guided Tour Timings
Free guided tour of 35 to 40 minute duration are also organized here. Timings of these tours are 11 AM to 12 PM, 1 PM to 2 PM and 3 PM to 4 PM.
Light and Sound Show Timings: Duration of the show is 45 minutes and show is running in Bengali and English language.
|October to February
|6.15 p.m. to 7.00 p.m
|7.15 p.m. to 8.00 p.m
|March to June
|6.45 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
|7.45 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Victoria Memorial Kolkata Entry Fee
Entry tickets are compulsory to enter into the museum and gardens. Light and sound show also organized in the premises. All the tickets prices are written below:
Victoria Memorial Gallery Entry Tickets Price:
|Victoria Memorial Gallery Museum
|School Children up to Class XII in Uniform
|Army personnel in uniform
Victoria Memorial Gardens Ticket Rates:
|Victoria Memorial Gardens (Timings 5.15 AM to 6.30 PM)
|Morning Walker Tickets Price
Light and Sound Show Timings and Entry Fee
Light and Sound show are also organized at this monument. Advance booking of the show is not possible. Tickets can be bought at Church gate ticket counter after 12.30 PM. Ticket rates are 10 Rs and 20 Rs.
Tickets can also be bought online through bookmyshow.
Facilities and Information
All basic amenities are available here for the convenience of visitors. Cameras are not allowed inside the hall and photography is strictly prohibited through the mobile phones also. Visitors can take photo outside the hall. This wheelchair friendly hall has wifi, cloakroom, cafe, audio guide, rest room facility.
Victoria Memorial Address, Map and How to Reach
It is located in a large area on the banks of Hoogly river. It is one of the most famous landmark of the Kolkata city. City is well connected with all parts of the country and visitors can reach Victoria Memorial through multiple modes of transport. Cabs, city buses are readily available here. At least 2 hours are required to visit this place.