& Cultural Centre
of Higher Education in French
In pursuance of SHASTRI - POMPIDOU COMMUNICATION, the Government of West Bengal, Education Department prepared a development project and moved the Government of India for financial assistance.
The Museum was reoriented as a Regional Institute for better acquaintance between the people of INDIA and FRANCE about each others culture, civilization and language for promotion of understanding between two great nations along with a library and French learning course under the name "INDO FRENCH CULTURAL CENTRE AND MUSEUM" at Dupleix House, former French Governor's Residence in 1966.
In 1994, Mr. Louis Mezin, museum expert of the French Government submitted a proposal for restructuring the museum and suggested that the Main building should be used as a museum.
The museum now occupies the major part of the main building with an area of about 550 sq.m with displays in 10 (ten) rooms. The display project of the Galleries has been taken after the meeting of the Indo-French Advisory Committee, which was held on 26th February, 1996.
The display project works are yet incomplete, awaiting funds and 75 objects from the French Government.
Short notes of present display:
Room no.1: The gallery of French East India Company and European settlement in Bengal. The display of the gallery is incomplete.
Room no.2: French period-gallery, 19th century-furniture and crockery, Bronze bust of Dupleix and others, Lithographs.
Room no.3: Gallery of Chandernagore, 18th century Map of Chandernagore, Archival documents, sample of 19th century Industrial products and Textiles.
Room no.4: Dupleix gallery with early 19th century furniture, including a period bed believed to be that of Dupleix.
Room no.5: Gallery - Freedom of Chandernagore, Indo-France collaboration. Chandernagore 1947-1954.
Room no.6: Indian freedom movement and Chandernagore. The memory of Martyr Kanailal Dutta and other patriots.
Room no.7: (North wing) Paintings, Coins, Sculptures, Durga (11th century), Buddha, Vishnu (7th century).
Room no.8: Handicrafts, Mediaeval Temple Terracotta, cire perdue casting (metal casting), Ivory and painting on Ivory.
Room no.9: Miscellaneous Gallery.
Room no.10: Painting Gallery. Paintings of local Artists, 19th century.
Average three thousand visitors visited the Museum in a month.