A First Timer’s Guide to Museums in Delhi

A First Timer’s Guide to Museums in Delhi
Colorful art decor made of vintage automobiles in Heritage transport Museum in Gurgaon, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

An introduction to the most popular museums the capital has to offer for every art, culture and history buff

Sahana Iyer
07 Min Read

Call it curious, bookish or nerdy, but the idea of a trip to the museum is very appealing to me. With ancient artefacts, modern art, cultural representation and unusual exhibits, you can learn a lot about any topic under (or above) the sun. In fact, in my opinion, it is one of the best ways to get acquainted with a city and its history. For all those new to Delhi, here are some must-visit museums to get yourself up to pace with the capital.

National Museum building situated in New Delhi, India

National Museum of India

One of the largest museums in the country, this three-storey exhibition has an unprecedented collection of artefacts ranging from ancient exhibits, modern works of art, miniature paintings to coins, arms and textile galleries. Established in 1949, it is controlled by the Ministry of Culture and aims to collect, preserve and display objects of historical, cultural and artistic significance. For a well-rounded experience of extensively diverse topics, make a day-long trip to the National Museum of India.

Where: Janpath

Timings: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The grounds of National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi

National Gallery of Modern Art

A dream location for contemporary artists and art aficionados, the National Gallery of Modern Art is a collection of eclectic and varied artworks from the 19th century forward. Converted into a museum in 1954, it was originally designed to be a residence for the Maharaja of Jaipur. It not only holds a chronological display of art but also presents unusual categories such as miniature art and abstract works. 

Where: Sher Shah Road

Timings: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

Vintage colorful Indian rural vehicles at Heritage Transport Museum in Gurgaon

Heritage Transport Museum 

A haven for all automobile enthusiasts, the Heritage Transport Museum provides an incredible collection of everything on wheels. Vintage cars, scooters, mopeds, carriages and even bullock carts. Anyone who enjoys cars and the history of automobiles will definitely enjoy this museum. Schools can also participate in the workshops conducted at the museum and also provides the services of a library.

Where: Gurgaon

Timings: 10:00 am- 7:00 pm

The structure of National Science Centre, New Delhi

National Science Centre

While science is often the dreaded subject for a high-school student, maybe a visit to the National Science Center will change some opinions. Scientific models are segregated and turned into thematic approaches for a more enjoyable experience. Biology, nuclear power and technology are a few of the themes explored at the centre. Experiments and interactive demonstrations are appealing to children, as well as adults. 

Where: Pragati Maidan

Timings: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

 
 
 
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Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Established in 1992, this is a rather unique museum of sorts. An entire structure dedicated to sanitation and its history, the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets showcases various types of toilets categorised into ancient, medieval and modern types. Apart from toilet seats you can also witness some sanitation related artefacts and learn more about the history of sanitation that brought together this bizarre attraction.

Where: Mahavir Enclave

Timings: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

 
 
 
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Shankar’s International Doll Museum
Founded by political cartoonist K Shankar Pillai, the International Doll Museum is a marvelous collection of dolls. A large portion of this collection is created at the workshops of the museum. Every doll is detailed from figure to clothes to accessories. The entire museum to sectioned into dolls from Western countries (United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia) and dolls from countries in and around Asia (Middle East, Africa and India). The dolls generally represent the cultural aspects such as clothing, festivities and arts of various countries and are a unique insight into these matters.

Where: Nehru House

Timings: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm

 

 

 


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