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Delhi Museums

The National Museum in Delhi

National Museum

The National Museum, located on Janpath, south of Rajpath, has a good collection of Indian bronzes, terracotta and wood sculptures dating back to the Mauryan period ( 2nd-3rd century BC), exhibits from the Vijayanagar period in south India, miniature and mural paintings, and costumes of various tribal people.

The museum is definitely worth visiting and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. There are film shows most days of the week.

National Gallery Of Modern Art in Delhi

National Gallery Of Modern Art

The gallery near India Gate at the eastern end of Rajpath, was the former residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur . It houses an excellent collection of works by both Indian and colonial artists.It is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm; admission is free.

National Gallery of Modern Art collects works representing changing art forms over the last century and a half and features Bengali artists and styles. In addition to exhibition activities, the gallery organizes exhibitions abroad, lectures and conferences on modern art, and maintains a library of books, periodicals, photographs and audiovisual materials. .

Nehru Museum in Delhi

Nehru Museum

The residence of the first Indian Prime Minister, Teen Murti Bhavan, has been converted into a museum. It is located on Teen Murti Rd. near Chanakyapuri. Photographs and newspaper clippings on display give a fascinating insight into the history of the independence movement.

It also forms the subject of a light and sound show along with facets of Nehru's life.The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.

Rail Transport Museum in Delhi

Rail Transport Museum

Visit this museum at Chanakyapuri for a fascinating and exotic collection of India's railway engines. Exhibit's include an 1855 steam engine, still in working order, and a large number of oddities such as the skull of an elephant that charged a mail train in 1894, and lost.

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 5 pm and there's a small admission fee.

Tibet House

Tibet House

This small museum in the Institutional Area, Lodi Road, has a fascinating collection of ceremonial items brought out of Tibet when the Dalai Lama fled following the Chinese occupation.

There is a shop selling a wide range of Tibetan handicrafts. Lecture/discussion sessions are held regularly. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 to 5 pm. Admission is free.

International Dolls Museum in Delhi

International Dolls Museum

6000 dolls from 85 countries are on display in this museum in Nehru House on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg. Over a third of them are from India.

One exhibit section comprises 500 dolls dressed in costumes worn all over the country. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5.30 pm.

Crafts Museum

This museum contains a collection of traditional Indian crafts in textiles, metal, wood and ceramics.

It is located in the Aditi Pavilion at the Pragati Maidan Exhibition Grounds, Mathura Rd. It is part of a 'village life' complex where you can visit rural India without ever leaving Delhi. Admission is free.

Gandhi Darshan

Located at Raj Ghat, the Gandhi Darshan is a display of paintings and photos about the Mahatma's life and deeds. The Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, also at Raj Ghat, has displays of some of Gandhi's personal possessions.

The house treasures many memories of the last 144 days of Gandhi’s life. The exhibition on the Mahatma, the room he lived in and the prayer ground where he fell a martyr with God’s name on his lips attract a large number of visitors daily.

Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum

This museum was the former residence of Indira Gandhi at 1 Safdarjang Rd. On show are some of her personal effects, including the sari (complete with blood stains) that she was wearing at the time of her assassination.

A crystal plaque in the garden, flanked constantly by two soldiers, protects a few brown spots of Mrs Gandhi's blood on the spot where she actually fell after being shot by two of her bodyguards in December 1984.

Nehru Planetarium

Situated at Teen Murti House the planetarium holds film shows on the solar system in English (11.30 a.m. & 3 p.m.) and Hindi (4 p.m.& 1.30 p.m.). A special show in Hindi (10.30 a.m.) is held on Sundays. Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

onscious of the fact that an understanding of the spirit and method of science was crucial for children to become responsible citizens, Nehru liked every opportunity to be provided to them in this endeavor. In 1964, the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund was set up to promote his ideas and subsequently it undertook to build the Nehru Planetarium with its primary aim being the promotion of astronomy education.

National Science Centre Museum

Located near Gate No.1, Pragati Maidan,the museum has working science exhibitions as well as exhibits on the history of architecture. Open 11.30 am – 7 pm. Entry free. Mondays closed.

The museum, one of the largest science centers in the country, was set up mainly for the kids to develop their interest in the field of science. It consists of an array of working science models, which can be operated by the visitors themselves.