Victorian London - Entertainment and Recreation - Museums, Public Buildings and Galleries - Royal Asiatic Society

The Royal Asiatic Society, Grafton Street, Bond Street, is instituted for the investigation and encouragement of arts, sciences, and literature, with respect to Asia. 

Mogg's New Picture of London and Visitor's Guide to it Sights, 1844

ASIATIC SOCIETY (ROYAL), 5, NEW BURLINGTON STREET, (founded 1823), contains an interesting collection of Oriental arms and armour. Observe.-The Malay spears mounted with gold; the pair of Ceylonese jingals, or grasshoppers, mounted with silver, taken in the Khandyan war of 1815; a complete suit of Persian armour, inlaid with gold; a Bengal sabre, termed a kharg; Ceylonese hog spears, and Lahore arrows; a sculptured column of great beauty, from the gateway of a temple in Mahore; and statues of Durga, Surga, and Buddha, that deserve attention. The Society usually meets on the first and third Saturdays in every month, from November to June inclusive. Admission fee, 5 guineas; annual subscription, 3 guineas.

Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850

The ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, 5 New Burlington Street, Regent Street, founded, in 1823, for the investigation and encouragement of art, science, and literature, in relation to Asia; and encourages the collection and diffusion of information upon the laws, customs, manners, history, and modes of life of the nations of Asia, having branch societies at Bombay, Madras, Ceylon, and Hong-Kong. The Society meets on the first and third Saturday, at 3 p.m., from November to July. Annual subscription, 3l. 3s.
The Museum open daily (except Saturday and holidays), from 11 to 4 p.m. Admission by tickets from members.

Cruchley's London in 1865 : A Handbook for Strangers, 1865