Victoria Memorial has become synonymous with the city itself. The landmark is not only known for its grand architecture, but also for its rich collection of history. It is perhaps the only place which will take you to a completely different era. Thrown open to public in the year 1921, this majestic building was a dream project of George Curzon, the then Viceroy of India. He suggested building of this grand marble structure in order to commemorate the glorious reign under Queen Victoria, upon her death in January 1901. The project was so dear to the British that it was painted black during World War II to avoid detection by Japanese bombers.
Victoria Memorial is located on the flanks of Maidan and is nearby to other landmarks such as Park Street and Esplanade. The entire complex boasts a majestic marble structure which houses a massive museum. Its is surrounded by beautifully planned gardens and lakes. For long Victoria Memorial has been a very popular among the residents of this city as well. Youngsters often visit here and chat for long hours. Families like spending the early hours of the winter weekends here while soaking in the sun along the lakes. Young lovers have always loved this place as they can sit as long as they like.
The garden around the memorial is open to the visitors from 5.30 AM to 6.15 PM on all days. However, the Victoria Memorial Gallery can be visited between 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM on all days of the week except the Mondays.