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Victoria Memorial

See photographs and paintings charting Kolkata’s history at this marble palace dedicated to England’s Queen Victoria, the former Empress of India.

The large, domed Victoria Memorial is one of Kolkata’s most recognizable landmarks. Created as a tribute to Queen Victoria, this building is a museum that charts the evolution and history of the city. Choose from 25 galleries showcasing art, photographs, sculptures, weapons, rare books and more.

This grand building was proposed to honor Queen Victoria’s memory, following her death in 1901. The magnificent structure took 15 years to complete and stands at 184 feet (56 meters) tall. Note the building’s hybrid architectural design, which features bulbous Mughal domes alongside Italian-style statues. 

Head to the Royal Gallery to view paintings that illustrate events from Victoria’s life. They include depictions of her coronation and her marriage to Prince Albert. In the center of the room, see the pianoforte she played on as a child and her writing desk from Windsor Castle. 

Study photographs, paintings and documents in the Calcutta Gallery. They trace Kolkata’s history, from its late 17th-century origins up to 1911. See swords, daggers, a cannon and gunpowder flask in the Arms and Armours Gallery.

The Victoria Memorial is set in 64 acres (26 hectares) of gardens. Tour the manicured lawns and sit by the lake. Have your photograph taken near the large bronze statue of Victoria on her throne. See the garden’s sculptures of other dignitaries, including Lord Ripon, a former Governor-General of India and Sir Rajendranath Mookerjee, a pioneering industrialist.

The Victoria Memorial is open every day except Mondays and public holidays. Separate entry fees apply for the museum and the gardens. Located in the heart of Kolkata, the museum is easily reached by public transport. Car parking is banned around the memorial, but you can park for free on the streets around Maidan, the urban park close to the museum.

Coincide your visit with the museum’s light and sound show, Pride and Glory – the Story of Calcutta. Performances are held in the early evenings on every day except Monday between October and June. Fees apply.

Get the most out of your visit to Victoria Memorial. Here is a list of some of the best activities:

Trying out an Explore the Heritage and History of Kolkata will help make visiting this celebrated attraction all the more special!

If you're seeking more activities, take a look at our Kolkata things to do page.


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Kenilworth Hotel, Kolkata Rs5,820
Kenilworth Hotel, Kolkata

Kenilworth Hotel, Kolkata

1 & 2 Little Russel Street, Kolkata, West Bengal
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Victoria Memorial and New Market. Eden Gardens and Alipore Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km). Maidan Station is 7 minutes by foot and Rabindra Sadan Station is 9 minutes.

    The Park Kolkata Rs5,600
    The Park Kolkata

    The Park Kolkata

    17 Park Street, Kolkata, West Bengal
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Park Street, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Asiatic Society and New Market. Eden Gardens and Victoria Memorial are also within 1 mile (2 km). Park Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and Maidan Station is 9 minutes.

      The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata Rs7,750
      The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

      The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata

      15 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata, West Bengal
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Kolkata hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of New Market and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial and Howrah Bridge are also within 3 miles (5 km). Esplanade Station is only a 4-minute walk and Park Street Station is 9 minutes.

        Hotel Park Victoria Rs1,599
        Hotel Park Victoria

        Hotel Park Victoria

        55B Mirza Ghalib St, Kolkata, WB
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Taltala, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New Market and Eden Gardens. Victoria Memorial and Alipore Zoo are also within 3 mi (5 km). Park Street Station is 7 minutes by foot and Maidan Station is 13 minutes.

          OYO 759 Hotel Rock Star Rs1,974
          OYO 759 Hotel Rock Star

          OYO 759 Hotel Rock Star

          22, Circus Avenue, Kolkata, West Bengal
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Bhowanipore, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Academy of Fine Arts and Victoria Memorial. New Market and Alipore Zoo are also within 2 miles (3 km). Rabindra Sadan Station is 9 minutes by foot and Maidan Station is 17 minutes.

            OYO 6760 Chowdhury Estate Premium
            OYO 6760 Chowdhury Estate Premium

            OYO 6760 Chowdhury Estate Premium

            Plot No. 55, Chowringhee Road, Kolkata
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Park Street, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Birla Planetarium and Victoria Memorial. New Market and Alipore Zoo are also within 2 miles (3 km). Rabindra Sadan Station is only a 2-minute walk and Maidan Station is 9 minutes.

              Middleton Inn Rs5,500
              Middleton Inn

              Middleton Inn

              10, Middleton Street, Kolkata, West Bengal
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Park Street, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of St. Xavier's College, New Market and Victoria Memorial. Eden Gardens and Alipore Zoo are also within 3 miles (5 km). Maidan Station is only a 4-minute walk and Park Street Station is 11 minutes.

                OYO 7222 Chowdhury's Estates
                OYO 7222 Chowdhury's Estates

                OYO 7222 Chowdhury's Estates

                Plot No. 55, Chowringhee road, Kolkata
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Park Street, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Birla Planetarium and Victoria Memorial. New Market and Alipore Zoo are also within 2 miles (3 km). Rabindra Sadan Station is only a 2-minute walk and Maidan Station is 9 minutes.