The capital city is known not only for its magnificent historical monuments and shopping places but also for some of the best museums and galleries in the country. The Museums of Delhi are a popular form of entertainment as well as education. The collection in these museums ranges from exquisite pieces of art to relics dating back to as far as the prehistoric era to dolls from all over the world. Some of the Museums in New Delhi have been dedicated to famous Indian personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, housing some of their personal possessions. A visit to the museums of Delhi serves as one of the best windows into the history, traditions, art, culture, etc of the country.
Some of the popular museums in Delhi, India are:
Archaeological Museum Delhi
Archaeological Museum of Delhi is situated in the Mumtaz Mahal (palace) of the Red Fort. The museum has on display some of the rare relics dating back to the Mughal era, along with an array of manuscripts that serve as the proof of the fine calligraphy of the past.
Children’s Museum Delhi
National Children’s Museum of Delhi is situated in the Bal Bhawan Complex on Kotla Marg, near ITO. A visit to this museum is one of the best ways to keep the children in touch with the tradition, culture and heritage of India.
Crafts Museum of Delhi, established in the year 1956, is situated in Pragati Maidan area. The museum is famous for showcasing the rich tribal and rural handicrafts of artisans from all over the country. It houses a large permanent collection of 20,000 items of folk and tribal arts, crafts and textiles.
The Dolls Museum, situated near Pragati Maidan, is the perfect place for the entertainment of children. It displays a huge collection of almost 6000 dolls collected from as many as 85 countries. Almost one third of the collection of the Delhi Doll Museum is assembled from different parts of the country.
Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum
The Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum was set up in the same bungalow that once served as the residence of Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum was the residence of the former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
National Gallery of Modern Art Delhi
National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi is situated inside the Jaipur House, near India Gate. This building, the former residential palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur, was inaugurated as the Delhi National Gallery of Modern Art in the year 1954.
National Gandhi Museum
National Gandhi Museum, dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, has a long story behind its establishment. The work on this museum started in Mumbai soon after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on 30th January 1948.
National Museum of Natural History Delhi
National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Delhi serves as the subsidiary office of the Ministry of Environment and Forests. It was inaugurated and opened to the general public on 5th June 1978, the World Environment Day.
Nehru Museum and Planetarium
Nehru Museum and Planetorium is situated on the Teen Murti Marg in the New Delhi. Once the official residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the British forces, Teen Murti House was converted into the official residence of the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, after independence.
National Museum Delhi
National Museum of Delhi is the largest museum of the capital city of India. Situated in Janpath, this museum serves as a kind of warehouse of the information of India’s history and culture. A triple storied building, Delhi National Museum displays collection dating back to as far as five thousand years.
National Science Museum Delhi
National Science Centre Museum is situated in the Pragati Maidan area of New Delhi. 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.
Rail Museum Delhi
National Rail Museum is situated on the Shanti Path in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The museum houses some of the rare models of train engines and coaches. The entire collection of the Delhi National Rail Museum, ranging over 150 years of the Indian railways, is exhibited in the open.
Sangeet Natak Akademi
Sangeet Natak Akademi is one of the best academies of India dedicated to music (sangeet), dance (natak) and other performing arts. Situated in the Rabindra Bhavan, on Feroze Shah Road of New Delhi, it also serves as a resource center, comprising of a large audio-visual archive.
Tibet House Museum Delhi
Tibet House Museum of Delhi, situated in the Institutional Area of Lodhi Road, serves as a resource center on Tibet and its history. The collection of the museum includes those items that Dalai Lama had brought from Tibet, when he escaped from there.
National Philatelic Museum
National Philatelic Museum is situated in the Dak Bhawan on Sansad Marg, New Delhi. The museum is basically known for its vast collection of stamps both from Pre Independence as well as Post Independence periods. One of the major attractions of the Delhi National Philatelic Museum is the first stamp that was issued in India by the Sindh Dak in 1854. Apart from that, it also houses stamps issued before Independence by the rulers of the Princely States. You can also buy stamps of almost all the countries of the world, from the counter at the National Philatelic Museum of New Delhi. For visiting the museum, you can get free entry passes from Parliament Street Head Post office basement.