This is really a must-see attraction of Bangalore.
It was opened only a few years ago but does not get the flood of visitors that it truly deserves.
House partly in a restored palace and partly in a tastefully designed, beautiful contemporary structure attached to the palace, this place houses a permanent collection of mostly paintings by Indian artists, ranging from the 18th century to modern times. There is a good collection of paintings by Bengali artists including several members of the Tagore family and Jamini Roy. For some odd reason, there is one painting by the pre-Raphaelite artist Alma-Tadema. All in all, the permanent collection is varied, well-chosen, and nicely displayed. It is a perfect and comprehensive introduction to the development of art in modern India.
There are frequent temporary exhibitions, which are usually hung in the new extension. These are always exhibitions of major artistic importance. See WEBSITE for examples.
There is a good shop selling cards, posters, and catalogues. Also, the café with tables under an airy verandah is a good place to linger and to enjoy a range of foods and drinks.
Finally, take time to wander around the sculpture-filled gardens in front of the NGMA
Address: 49 Palace Road, Bangalore
Directions: Near Mount Carmel College
Phone: 080-2234 2338