Last month, one weekday afternoon, I went to see the recently opened Police Museum in Egmore, Chennai. Tamil Nadu Police Museum is situated in the erstwhile Madras Police Commissioner’s Office in the city. The british-era building, an Indo-Saracenic structure, was built in the 1842 and following the City Policer Act of 1856, the 14 acre property with its bungalow became the first Police Commissioner’s office. It continued to function there till the second millenium, for over hundred-and-fifty years. Following an extensive conservation and renovation activities undertaken by the state government it was opened to public as Tamil Nadu Police Museum by (then) Chief Minister Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami on the 26th February 2021.
The visit to the museum was a rewarding experience. The colonial period building transports you to a bygone era. There are numerous pieces of history, artefacts, and items on display. I will recommend every visitor to the city to go to the museum to investigate its past. It is not large, so you are likely to spend an hour or two and there is not much of walking – old people may find it a bit difficult though.
There is ample parking in the campus, but you need to ask the guards nicely to permit you to park. The entry fee is Rs 10 per person, there is a seperate charge (optional) of Rs 10 or Rs 20 per photo for the three photo booths (Prison Cell, Throne of Swords, Commissioner’s table) which you can see below. There is a cafeteria in the campus and even clean & functional rest rooms, a rarity in Chennai!
Through the photos below, I try to provide you a glimpse on what to expect here:
I shared the below picture in social media with the following comment, “My new role. Had been ordered to join duty on a hurry – new uniform is yet to get ready. My first job will be to upgrade the tech in the Commissioner of Police office: there is only a typewriter here!” :-)