I was able to tour both the Government and Fort
St George museums back in October 2009. My wife had
to go to Chennai for a week on business and she was NOT excited at going, so I went with her. After the driver dropped her off at the building she was working at I had
for rest of the day so I was able to do some sightseeing, including these two museums.
As you mentioned, some of the displays, especially the zoological ones, need a bit
of additional preservation or restoration. But overall it was interesting touring museums in another part
of the world and from a culture very different than what I'm used to.
Even though I am admittedly ignorant about Indian cultural history
, the galleries containing the stone statues
and the bronze castings were amazing to view. The bronze gallery
was probably the most modern and well presented, with climate controlled cases and a really great air conditioning system.....something really appreciated by those not accustomed to the Indian heat !!!