The main building houses invaluable sculptures from the past, zoological and botanical galleries, a wide philately gallery, a vibrant puppet gallery, and a gallery of preserving folk art and music. There is a rich exhibition room featuring bronze artifacts, a numismatics collection, and chemical conservation galleries. Another wing of the museum holds the Children’s Museum which has a major draw for young and inquisitive minds, with a vast gallery of dolls, technological marvels, and science galleries.
Location: The Pantheon Road in Egmore, Chennai
Timings: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm except for Fridays.
Valluvar Kottam is part of the heritage of the city and one of the most important historical places in Chennai to visit, most appropriately during the early morning and dusk when the magnificent architecture of the monument is underlined in the sublime light.
There is an air-conditioned auditorium within the monument complex where a number of handlooms and handicrafts exhibitions are held regularly for the visiting art aficionados. Notably, you can find a few beautiful saplings planted by Mother Teresa herself on this ground, as commemorated with a stone plaque mentioning the year 1984- the year of her visit.
Location: At the intersection of the Kodambakkam High road and the Village road in Nungambakkam
Timing: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Everyday
Fort St. George
The fortress is located only a kilometer away from Chennai Railway Station and can be reached easily from any other point in the city by bus or cab. The fort, being one of the important historical places in Chennai today is protected by the Archeological Survey of India and houses many departments of the Tamil Nadu state government. The St. Mary’s church and a Museum inside are important historical places in Chennai to visit.
Location: Rajaji Rd, near Legislature and Secretariat,
Timing: 9 am to 5 pm on all days except Fridays.
You can find a winsome view of the Bay of Bengal from the fort, extending to glimpses of ethereal beaches and backwaters. Though entrance inside the fort complexes has been prohibited in recent years, it is still a great thrill to trek up to the fort braving the harsh sun.
Among the most notable historical places in Chennai to visit, this fort can be accessed any time during the day on a long road trip down the famously scenic East Coast Road, for splendid views, to trek a few good miles, and go voyaging on fishermen’s boats nearby.
Location: Edaikazhinadu, Tamil Nadu
San Thome Cathedral
Visitors can explore the Cathedral’s museum which preserves paintings depicting the saint’s life, the lance that infamously beheaded him, an episcopal chair, and also the apostle’s fingerprint. Located in the vicinity of the Chennai Beach on the San Thome High Road, the cathedral is recognized for its ornate interiors and elegant stained-glass windows, as well as a stunning steeple.
Location: 38, Santhome High Road, Chennai,
Timing: 6 am to 9 pm, and the Sunday morning mass is a particular highlight for city tourists.
The meditative silence reverberating through the halls of the Vivekananda House is calming on the senses. One can surf through the articles from Swamiji’s stay in the house preserved in each room, to remember the virtuous life that he had led and thus set as an example for his followers.
Location: Marina Beach Road, Neelam Basha Dargapuram,
Timing: 10 am to 12:30 pm and 3-7 pm. The house remains closed on Mondays.
Elaborate temple rituals dedicated to the deity Kapaleeshwarar are offered six times a day at 6:00 am, 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and 9:00 pm. Visit this historical place in Chennai to appreciate the Dravidian architecture of the 7th century and observe the majestic temple complexes dedicated to Shiva, Parvathi, and other gods and goddesses.
Location: Kesava Perumal Sannathi St, Vinayaka Nagar Colony, Mylapore,
Timing: 05:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM everyday, except on Mondays.
Connemara Public Library
Visitors can come here to read books and view multimedia resources completely free of cost, though only members are allowed to take things home. Except on the national holidays and state declared holidays,
Location: Museum Compound, Pantheon Road, Egmore
Timing: - 9 AM to 7:30 PM from Monday to Saturday
- 9:30 AM to 6 PM on Sunday.
It is one of the better known historical places of Chennai owing to the legacy of Annadurai as well as the beautiful landscaping of the monument. There are parks and aquariums inside the compound and a notable arch shaped like an elephant tusk at the entryway.
Location: D6, Santhome High Rd, Navalar Nagar, Chepauk,
Timing: 6 am to 10 pm.
Sri Ramakrishna Math
One of the most visited historical places of Chennai, this place is known for its charitable and welfare projects- publishes a great number of books and monthly journals on spiritual topics in Tamil and English, houses a girls’ higher secondary school, conducts moral and cultural forums, vocational training in nursing assistance, and Sanskrit learning courses.
Visit this historical place in Chennai to take part in the grand celebrations on the birth anniversary of Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi, Vivekananda, and Ramakrishnananda, or to take a tour of the monastery steeped in a deeply meditative ambiance.
Location: 31, Ramakrishna Mutt Rd, Alamelu Manga Puram, Sankarapuram, Mylapore
Timing: 5:00 am to 11:45 am and 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm