Fort Museum/ Exchange House Fort-St.George Chennai

Posted by Chennai City (Chennai, India) on 15 May 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Fort Museum is one of the most charming building in Fort St.George, Chennai. The Fort Museum exhibits many items of the period of English and later British rule. The objects on display in the museum are the weapons, coins, medals, uniforms and other artifacts from England, Scotland, France and India dating back to the colonial period. Original letters written by Clive and Cornwallis make fascinating reading. One set of quaint period uniforms is displayed for viewing, as well

The Fort Museum was built in 1790 as a Public Exchange by Free Merchants (Peter Massey Cassin), who engaged in private trade that took place in addition to that carried out by the Company. A lottery was floated to fund the development of the building into a full-fledged commercial office and by 1790 it was partially open for use in its new avatar as The Exchange.In 1796, the roof sported a lighthouse. Twelve lamps, fuelled by coconut oil, lit the sea for 25 miles. The building was converted into the Officer's Mess in 1861.

The idea of setting up a museum within the Fort was mooted in 1946 by Col. D.M. Reid of the Old Madras Guards. Organised in January 1948, the museum was established with a collection of objects of the British era received from the then Madras Presidency Government

The Fort St. George Museum was organised and opened to the public from 31st January 1948. Museum later in 1948.

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Devi from Chennai, India

Thank you for this very interesting history of the Fort Museum !! I have never been here ( shame on me!!!) I must make a visit..Thank you for the very nice capture of this building !!

15 May 2013 5:43am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Yeah, charming building

15 May 2013 7:57am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good capture

15 May 2013 2:39pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful framing. Wonderful perspective and interesting information. Lovely presentation. :)

15 May 2013 5:19pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Lovely composition and framing.

15 May 2013 8:34pm

helys from Paris, France

Great vintage
Nice mood, perspectives, architecture
Thanks for sharing the informations

18 May 2013 8:30am

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