victoria memorial hall

The Victoria Memorial is a large marble building in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, which was built between 1906 and 1921. It is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria (1819–1901) and is now a museum and tourist destination. The memorial lies on the ‘Maidan’ by the bank of the Hooghly River. In January 1901, on the death of Queen Victoria, Lord Curzon the then Viceroy of India, suggested the creation of this memorial. He proposed the construction of a grand building with a museum and gardens. The Prince of Wales, later King George V, laid the foundation stone on 4 January 1906, and it was formally opened to the public in 1921.