East Coast Road, Muttukadu, Kanchipuram District, Chengalpattu
Are there any docents or guides who visitors can directly call to book for a guided tour?
When was the museum established?
Briefly describe the history of the museum, its collection and donors.
DakshinaChitra is a living-history museum, dedicated to South Indian heritage and culture. It is located on the East Coast Road, about 25 kilometres to the south of Chennai. Opened to the public on December 14, 1996, the museum was founded and is being managed by the Madras Craft Foundation (MCF).
The museum is built on 10 acres of land taken on lease from the Government of Tamil Nadu. Developed as a heritage village, DakshinaChitra has an array of displays depicting the life pattern of Indians in the states of South India. The exhibits portray the living beliefs of art, folk performing arts, craft, and architecture of India, in particular of South Indian traditions. It has over 4,220 artefacts and 1,000,000 pictures, and has recreated 18 heritage houses from the southern states of India.
The houses purchased and redone at DakshinaChitra are those given up by their owners for demolition. They are reconstructed by artisans from the regions from which the particular houses belong.
Information in Braille
Library and archives services
IT facilities ( Photocopying, printing, computer )
Conference/ Seminar hall
Who manages the museum?
Madras Craft Foundation
Person-in-charge of the museum
What is the average duration to see the museum?
half a day
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Is the museum currently closed?
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Dolls representing people in a Tamil Nadu house
A recreated house within DakshinaChitra
Fortunes read by parrots
Dolls inside a Brahmin house in DakshinaChitra
Life-like dolls representing garments worn in rural Tamil Nadu
A full loom in action within a weaver household
Girls get their hands decorated with mehendi
Rustic village temple setting recreated
An array of vessels on display in one of the recreated houses of Karnataka
Entry fee information
Indian adults: ₹100 during weekdays and ₹120 during weekends
Indian children under 12: ₹30.
Indian students between 13 and 18 years of age: ₹50
Foreign nationals: ₹250.
Foreign students: ₹70
The museum is located about 200 metres from the MGM Dizzee World bus stop. It can be reached by bus, metered taxi or private vehicles.