The Indian Museum is among the largest and the oldest museums in India and has rare collections of antiques, armour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings. It was founded by the Asiatic Society of Bengal in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, in 1814. The founder curator was Dr Nathaniel Wallich, a Danish botanist. It has six sections comprising 35 galleries of cultural and scientific artefacts, namely Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Economic Botany. Exhibits of the museum include dinosaur skeletons, replicas of the 2nd century BC Barhut Stupa, etc. A 4,000-year-old Egyptian Mummy and the urn that is said to contain the relics of Lord Buddha are particular highlights.

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