Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, known popularly as Netaji (meaning leader in Hindi), was one of the most prominent reformists in the Indian Independence Movement. The building that is known as Netaji Bhavan today was once the residence of the reformist. Managed by the Netaji Research Bureau, the old bungalow-style structure houses a museum and the bureau's archives and library. The museum is divided into various rooms, each detailing certain phases in the leader's life. The top-most floor has photographs and documents from the life and works of Subhash Chandra Bose, arranged in chronological order. The library and archives include comprehensive collections detailing the Indian Independence Movement. Netaji Bhavan also has an auditorium called the Sarat Bose Hall which is used for events like lectures and seminars. Located on Elgin Road, opposite Forum Mall, this is the place is a must-visit if you're interested in learning about India's Freedom Struggle.
Asutosh Museum of Indian Art is the only museum which is located within the main campus of University of Calcutta. It was established in the year 1937. Some of the noteworthy things in the museum are YAKSHINI with PANCHACHUDA Terracotta Chandraketugarh, YAKSHINI Terracotta Bangarh, SURYA Black Basalt Kasipur and Portrait Head Black Basalt Agradigun. In the year 1959, the University of Calcutta started a Postgraduate Diploma Course in Museology. The museum itself functions as a laboratory for this course. The objective of the museum is to collect and preserve various specimens of different phases of Indian art. It gives special emphasis on the art of Bengal.
In a developing nation like India, where blind traditions and wrong beliefs still take precedence, it is very important to educate the citizens and create an awareness about science and advancements in technology. With this thought in mind, the Science City was established in Kolkata. The interactive displays, models and shows held here explain the wonders of science, the logical reasoning behind calamities like Tsunami and famines, laws of physics and other concepts in simple and easy to understand language. Affiliated to National Council of Science Museums, it has two divisions namely the Science Centre and the Convention Centre. The Science Centre complex, houses the Space Odyssey, Dynamotion, Evolution Theme Park, Maritime Centre and a Science Park and the Convention Centre has a Grand Theatre , Mini Auditorium, a Seminar hall and a vast open-air ground. It screens educational and informative shows like 'Living Sea ' and 'Vision Beyond Light Years'. One of the biggest attractions is the 'Time Machine' a motion simulator ride backed with audio-visual effects that takes you through black hole, planets, asteroids and the entire Solar system. You can also take a Cable car ride, that gives you a cool aerial view of the entire facility. So do take your kids, to this fun city that effectively presents important topics in fun format. Please note that admission does not include cable ride, time machine, theater and other attractions; you need to pay a separate entry fee. For a complete list of rates, check the website.
Rabindra Tirtha was built by the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO) and opened its doors in 2012. This cultural complex and research institute is an ode to Rabindranath Tagore, one of India's famous sons who inspired many across the world with his literature and Santiniketan. Reminiscent of his ashram, this center has a rustic appeal to it and is spread across 1.98 hectares (4.89 acres) of land. It comprises of art galleries, a mini movie theater, music room, an auditorium, a library, a cafe, souvenir shop and two exhibition halls, one with portraits of the Nobel laureate and the other has his paintings and archives. It also has dorms and cottages for researchers. You can catch all the movies inspired by this eminent author or documentaries on him at the cinema hall. Tagore fans will also enjoy the vast selection of his songs in the music room.
Gurusday Museum has been established in the memory of Shri Gurusday Dutt for his untiring work of keeping alive the folk art of Bengal. It is an art and craft museum that has products from remote parts of the state. The collection includes more than 300 artifacts of deities, masks, musical instruments, textiles, woodwork, archaeological objects and paintings. This museum was opened because of the recommendation of his son, Birendrasaday Dutt. The then stalwarts such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, Dr Rabindranath Tagore and many more were of the opinion that without the energy and enthusiasm of Shri Gurusday Dutt, our ancient culture could not have been preserved. It was he who gave momentum to the Neo-Bengal School of Art.
The Kancher Mandir is located within the premises of Sri Sri Ramkrishna Ashram, Baranagar, that manages and maintains the temple. It derives its name from 'Kanch' that means glass. Locals also refer to it as 'Sheesha Mandir' or 'Kanch Mandir'. It is founded and established by Swami Satyananda, an ardent follower of the Swami Abhedananda, who was one of the sixteen direct disciples of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Set against the backdrop of River Hoogly, the atmosphere here is serene and calm and this is in complete contrast to the usual fanfare that is a regular feature in most Indian temples.
State Archaeological Gallery; established in 1962 is located in Kolkata. The museum has a diverse collection of various artifacts excavated from various sites in and around the country. They have collections from the Gupta period, Maurya period, Shagna period, Medieval ages, Late stone age, etc. They also have wooden sculptures, terracotta and bronze artifacts, manuscripts, stone inscriptions, etc on display.
Rani Rashmoni Devi is widely respected as an important contributor to the development of Kolkata. Married to a rich zamindar, Babu Rajachandra Das, Rani Rashmoni took over the family business after the death of her husband. However, due to her deep belief in religion, she continued to live a simple life, mostly devoting herself to the good of the people. She widely contributed to the construction of bathing ghats like Babu Ghat, Nimtola Ghat and Ahiritola Ghat that are still considered important landmarks of the city. Her love for goddess Kali is evident as you enter the Dakshineshwar Kali Temple, which she founded. A shrine in pristine white in the middle of the temple courtyard honors this brave woman.