To be the premier period museum in the world on Indo-British history in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The mission of the Victoria Memorial Hall is to function as the premier art gallery, museum, research library on art history and museum studies, and cultural space in the city of Kolkata. In order to pursue this mission, it collects, conserves and disseminates knowledge among the general public about art objects, historical relics, and documents relating mainly to Indian history in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In addition to the exhibits on permanent display, the Victoria Memorial Hall also organizes regular special exhibitions, lectures, publications, cultural programmes and interactive educational activities – both on-site and in different parts of India and abroad – in its four focal areas of activity, namely, art, culture, heritage and the environment. It promotes research through its research fellowships and library resources, networks extensively with other museums, historical societies and the academia, and seeks to promote positive social change through its outreach activities with non-museum organizations and community groups. It always strives to be – and is recognized by the wider community – as a museum without walls.