DakshinaChitra Heritage Museum

DakshinaChitra Heritage Museum

DakshinaChitra Heritage Museum

East Coast Road
Muttukkadu, Kanchipuram Distt., Tamil Nadu
India 603 112

M: 044-27472603

E: [email protected]


DakshinaChitra Museum , a project of Madras Craft Foundation was opened to public on December 14th 1996. The Museum is located on ten acres of land on East Coast Road – 25 kms South of Madras, on the way to Mamallapuram, The museum’s mission is to add value to heritage. Its goal is to promote the arts and crafts, folk performing arts, domestic architecture and lifestyles of the four Southern states of India with particular emphasis on Tamilnadu. In global parlance, it is an open-air museum showcasing the 18 historical houses which we have purchased, taken down and reconstructed at DakshinaChitra. The movable collections are primarily objects used in these homes during the 19th – early 20th century, also has a growing collection of contemporary art and tribal art. The wonderful living traditions of craft and performance also make DakshinaChitra unique, as the museum provides a platform for crafts people and for folk performing arts. The focus of the museum is to provide the public with a glimpse into the heritage and to appreciate their everyday heritage and also begin to think about how the past has resulted in the present and what the changes have been, particularly to how people regard the environment.