The Natya Shodh Sansthan (NSS) in Kolkata is the largest storehouse of archival materials on Indian theatre, and documents its entire history in different languages. The museum grew out of the theatre archive. The NSS slowly started displaying its archival materials to the public, and the museum was officially established in July 2019.

The museum’s collection includes: 

•    Photographs of rare theatrical performances and personalities, including photographs of Rabindranath Tagore as Valmiki in Valmiki Pratibha (1881)

•    Advertising posters of various productions such as Roktokorobi, directed by Shib Mukhopadhyay

•    Costumes used by the Bharatendu Natak Mandali in Varanasi between 1920–50

•    The set model of the Nautanki stage

•    A number of Chau dance masks

•    Manuscripts and rare books

•    Tickets to shows in Star Theatre from the early 1900s.

•    Gramophone records

•    Ancient musical instruments like the Rudra veena

 The museum is associated with a number of donors and notable individuals, including Sri Sankha Ghosh, Dr Pratibha Agarwal, Sri Pabitra Sarkar, Sri Samik Bandyopadhyay, Lt Khaled Chowdhury, Lt B.D. Sureka and the Ford Foundation.

Specialised, Performing Arts
Opening Days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Visiting Hours
10:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.
Best Time to Visit
From 2 pm to 4 pm.
Entry Fee
Applicable Rs 10/-
Average Duration
3-4 hours
EE 8, Sector 2, Salt Lake (Bidhan Nagar).
Managed By
Non-profit Organization
Docent Guide
Person In-charge
033- 2321- 7667
Additional Information
The museum also has provisions for hosting small-scale talks and seminars for colleges and schools.
Museum Mapped By
Sreyoshi Guha Thakur
Interesting Things About the Museum
• The museum is arranged chronologically, which helps visitors get a better grasp of the history of theatre in India.
• With library services extended at very nominal rates, it is quite convenient for researchers and invested visitors to look for information in the library and archives. One can also watch documentations of various rare staged productions.
• Replicas of set models and costumes help visitors gain a better understanding of the technicalities associated with theatre in India.