Among the first British fortresses, built in 1644, the great white Fort St George is inextricably linked to the history of the city. Today, it houses a museum that is believed to be one of the oldest surviving buildings built within the fort. The Fort St George Museum started with a small collection of objects of the British raj donated by the then Madras presidency government. Today, it houses over 3,600 registered antiquities in the collection. The best of these are on display in 10 galleries.  As you enter, an imposing marble statue of Lord Cornwallis, former governor-general of India, greets visitors. An imposing display of swords, daggers, rifles, pistols, mortars, helmets, batons, bows, arrows and more can also be seen. Moreover, one can see displays of uniforms of various ranks of the British army. Tableware, porcelain, portraits, canvas oil paintings, church silverware and a palanquin of Arcot Nawabs can also be seen. The Indo-French Gallery has fine, decorated porcelain, clocks, stamps and coins, furniture, lamp shades and clocks. 

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