“Were women to “unsex” themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen, and disgusting of beings and would surely perish without male protection.”- Queen Victoria
Alexandrina Victoria the queen of the United Kingdom, Great Britain. She took birth in the year 1819, 24th May. She was the daughter of Prince Edward. At the age of eighteen she inherited the unclaimed throne. In the year 1840, she married her first cousin called Prince Albert. 1861 after Albert’s death, for a period of time Queen Victoria stayed away from the mass and remained in solitude. 63 years and seven months of her reign people witnessed the constructive change took place in United Kingdom. In this Victoria era the great expansion of British Empire took place. Of the House of Hanover she was the final British Monarch. In 1876, 1st May she got the added designation of Empress of India. In 22nd January, 1901 her sovereignty ended completely.
In the year 1901, month of January that time the viceroy of India George Curzon proposed to create a memorial for Queen Victoria. He suggested that the grand construction should have a Museum with gardens around it.
This is what exactly Curzon held,
“Let us, therefore, have a building, stately, spacious, monumental and grand, to which every newcomer in Calcutta will turn, to which all the resident population, European and Native, will flock, where all classes will learn the lessons of history, and see revived before their eyes the marvels of the past.”
January 4th, 1906 the foundation stone was placed by the King George V (The Prince of Wales). In 1921 this wonderful construction opened for the civic. After the independence of India the additional modification were made to this Memorial.
Some Interesting Facts About Victoria Museum
- Like the Taj Mahal, the Victoria Memorial is built of white Makrana marble.
- At present where Victoria Memorial is breathing, before the Presidency Jail had the living address, which was later obliterated from there to make the memorial.
- This colossal structure was mostly funded by the Indians.
- Near the gate, you can see “VRI” written which most likely stands for Victoria Regina Imperatrix, deciphering to ‘Victoria Queen and Empress’.
This is a must visit place in Kolkata, a place where you will get to know about the history which is molded with mixed feelings. This is obviously one of the attractions in Kolkata for the tourists. The memorial has been often judged with the great Taj Mahal, different individuals had different saying about this construction. Various sayings might have created some unpleasant arguments but the fact is Victoria Memorial is still living in Kolkata and might be inhaling the polluted air.
Here is the price chart and some important information for the general visitors,
Opening Hours for the Museum
- Open Days: Tuesday to Sunday
- Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Tickets: For Indian 20 Rs/Per Person
For All Foreigners 200 Rs/ Per Person
- Gallery is closed on Monday & National Holidays
- Key Note: Ticket counter closes half an hour before the closing time of Museum
Opening Hours for the Gardens
- Open Days: Monday to Sunday
- Time: 5:30 AM to 6:15 PM
- Tickets: Daily Ticket 10 Rs/Per Person
Yearly Ticket 1000 Rs/Per Person
- Key Note: Garden tickets will not permit you to enter the Museum
Another Important Information,
From Tuesday 21st November,2017 Victoria Memorial Hall is offering visitors free guided tour through Museum Galleries. The duration of the tour is approx 40 minutes. The timing of the tour is 11 AM to 4 PM. The tour will take place everyday other than Mondays & national holidays.
For more information visit the Office of Victoria Memorial Hall.
Address: Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queens Way, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071
Office Hours Timing: 10 AM to 5 PM
Key Note: The Office is closed on Sundays & on 2nd Saturdays of every month. Also on Indian Government Holidays
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