Also known as the National Museum of India, the National Museum in New Delhi is one of the largest museums in India, situated on the corner of Janpath and Maulana Azad Road. Established in 1949, the blueprints of the majestic repository were prepared by the Gwyer Committee set up by the Government of India in 1946. Today, the museum boasts of possessing a whopping 200,000 artworks, both Indian and foreign, and is maintained by the Ministry of Culture, Department of India. Covering an extensive range of products from the prehistoric times to modern works of art, the museum traces the rich cultural heritage of nations across the world, from over 5000 years ago.
The museum also houses National Museum Institute of the History of Arts, Conservation and Museology which was added as a different section in 1983. Since 1989, this section runs different courses in History of Arts, Conservation and Museology for Masters and Doctoral degrees. Besides, the repository boasts of 4th and 5th century B.C. relics, dating back to the times of Buddha and the Harappan Civilization. In addition to numerous wood carvings, paintings, sculptures, murals, textiles, armoury etc. The two-storeyed building has clearly segregated chambers to display antiques of different periods. It covers all departments including Archaeology, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Manuscripts, Textiles, Numismatics, Epigraphy, Central Asian Antiquities, Anthropology, Pre-Columbian American and Western Art Collections. The museum is an unparalleled blend of the glorious past and the wondrous present.
The perfect time to visit National Museum is early morning on Wednesdays, preferably around 10:00 AM as the museum conducts gallery talks every Wednesday at 11:00 AM in the respective galleries. Reach well in advance to get your tickets and proceed to your favourite gallery to attend the talk.
Janpath, New Delhi 110011, India
Suggested duration: 2 - 3 hours
Open and Closing Time
Visiting Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Closed on Mondays
Indian Visitor: Rs.20/adult
kids (up to class 12th):No Entry Fee
Foreign Visitor :INR 650 (Audio guide included)
Tips For Visiting National Museum
Videography inside the premises is prohibited.
Still Camera photography is allowed, but you need to take prior permission at the reception.
Wheelchair facility is available for the handicapped. It is preferable to book beforehand.
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Distance between New Delhi Railway Station and National Museum is 3.1 miles or 2.7 nautical miles
Distance between Central Secretariat Metro Station and National Museum New Delhi is 1.2 miles or 1.1 nautical miles
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Interesting facts about National Museum
National Museum at New Delhi has the biggest collection of miniature paintings from across the country. The size of the miniature gallery and the number of paintings on display is an indication of the same. The gallery is not very well organized either on the styles of paintings or themes. However, take my word, each of the miniature painting here is a masterpiece.
Alamkara Jewelry collection can make anyone fall in love with 250 or so brilliant pieces on display here. In the middle of the vaulted hall stands a Yaksha – as if he is guarding the treasure. Walk along and you would see some finely carved jewelry in gold and precious stones.
The Ganjifa cards are the ancestors of modern-day playing cards. In good old days, they were handmade and hand painted. They carry various mythological themes – Dashavtar or the ten incarnations of Vishnu being the most popular.
The Ivory sculptors are limited in availability. Ivory trade was banned and the art form has more or less died. Thankfully, museums like this have a great collection of absolutely exquisite ivory items. In the Decorative Arts gallery, you can see miniature to giant items made of ivory.