Delhi – Dilwalon Ki! It itself explains everything as it is famous for its rich culture, monuments and mouth-watering food. No matter what, the Indian Capital always stands out of the queue. You can never get tired of this majestic city if you get to know when and where to roam around. Apart from that, Do you know one thing? Delhi is home to many prestigious museums. Most travellers often ignore them while visiting this majestic city and regret it later. Oops!!! There is a mindset of the people that generally museums in Delhi are boring, a waste of time and only roam around history. But my friend, you got this completely wrong. You always learn from your experience, isn’t that history too?
Nowadays, all museums in Delhi use various technologies to demonstrate a part of history. The utilisation of projectors, 3D Models, animated films and many more technologies make these museums in Delhi more exciting to their visitors. Museums in Delhi, along with showcasing history, also extend their hand within the field of art, culture, technology and a lot more to form a memorable excursion for their visitors. The museums of Delhi have an amalgam of knowledge and entertainment. So, let us get started with the fun.
Ghalib Museum and Library, Delhi
I hope there will be none in India who hasn’t heard or knows what Ghalib was famous for his poetic art. There is a saying in Hindi, Ghalib nahi Jaana to kya Jaana. Even though you don’t know about Ghalib, this place will surely excite the one who is fond of poems or quotes. The name itself demonstrates dedication to the intellectual Urdu and Persian poet Mirza Ghalib. It was established in 1969, and since, then it has been serving the community of poetry lovers.
Ghalib Academy, the museum consists of a library housing, a great collection of books, a calligraphy training centre and an art gallery. The photographs of the residence of Ghalib, his attire and food habits, also the coins, postage stamps, and seal dating to the Mughal era. The portraits of famous artists including M F Hussain, Satish Gujral and Anis Farooqui are also the main attraction. The poetry of Ghalib in calligraphy and adding to this, there are other artworks based on the poetry of Ghalib here which you can admire.
- Timings: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
- Entry Fee: No Admission Fee.
Madame Tussauds Delhi
Madame Tussauds is a celebrity statue museum chain all over the world. It is famous for its wax sculptures of famous personalities all over the world. You will be amazed to know that the most famous museum in the world comes to Delhi as the world-famous museum Madame Tussaud opens its doors. Situated in the heart of Delhi, Connaught Place is a must-visit museum. Madame Tussauds features many wax models, including political and entertainment figures like Ariana Grande, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Kim Kardashian, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett Johansson, Katrina Kaif, Sachin Tendulkar, Angelina Jolie, Asha Bhosle, Kapil Dev, and Mary Kom.
- Timings: 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
- Entry Fee: INR 650 per person
National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy
Along with history, the craft is also notable in the culture of any place. Have you ever wondered about it? Delhi has a separate museum to demonstrate the unique and ancient handicrafts of India. Also, it is one of the largest handicraft museums in the country. National Crafts Museum showcases handicrafts and handlooms of antique and present India. One can find a wide range of textiles, a vast range of metal lamps, sculptures, utensils, wood-works, folk/tribal paintings, a range of cane and bamboo crafts, clay and terracotta figures and much more exciting stuff here.
This museum collects over 33,000 specimens in various crafts, acquired over a long period of 60 years from various states of India. The collection reflects the continuing traditions of handicrafts and handlooms. One can also watch a short movie on how different textiles are produced in various parts of India. Museum also has a village complex to illustrate different types of villages set up according to various regions all over India.
- Timings: 7 Days Open from 09:30 am to 05:30 pm
- Entry Fee: INR 20 Per Person
National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi
The National Gallery of Modern Art excites you with its finest specimens of Indian art created by the top-notch artists in the country. There is a collection of more than 1700 artworks by 2000 artists include Thomas Daniell, Raja Ravi Verma, Abanindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil and also some foreign artists. Some of the oldest works preserved here date back to 1857.
With a giant place for exhibition space, this museum is one of the largest modern art museums in Delhi in the world. The royal building of the museum was formerly the home of erstwhile Maharajas of Jaipur. It displays a magnificent collection of paintings. The portraits of Thomas Daniell and his nephew William Daniell have gratified the painting treasure here. British artists created in the 19th and early-20th century. It is a significant spot to enjoy art with peace.
- Timings: 11:00 am to 06:30 pm
- Entry Fee: INR 20 per person.
National Museum, Delhi
The National Museum was established in 1949 and is one of the best places to witness Indian history and traditions. We have talked about a lot of Indian Traditions before. Don’t be surprised! If you can not cover every segment of this museum in a single day. Yes, it is that big and is known to be one of the largest museums in our country. You will find artefacts from the prehistoric era to modern works of art like paintings, ancient coins, swords, thrones, dresses and many other valuable artefacts preserved here.
Architect Ganesh Bikaji Deolalikar designed the current giant building of the National Museum. Harappan Gallery, Maurya, Shunga and Satavahana Arts Gallery, Kushana Gallery, Miniature Paintings Gallery, Decorative Arts Gallery, Textiles Gallery, Wood Carving Gallery, Arms and Armour Gallery are some of the many galleries here. It also has a separate gallery setup for musical instruments. These incredible Museums in Delhi will surely amaze you.
- Timings: Tuesday-Sunday (10:00 am to 05:00 pm) (Closed on Mondays and National Holidays)
- Entry Fee: Adults: INR 20
- Foreign Nationals: INR 500
National Rail Museum, Delhi
Have you ever heard that there can be a Rail Museum? If I talk about myself, I never heard about it. Famous among children, the National Rail Museum always manages to stand out with its giant train engines and displays. Here you can witness a fascinating collection of 100 large size exhibits of Indian Railways. There is a display of static, working models, signalling equipment, antique furniture, historical photographs that have also been here in the museums in Delhi.
The major attractions of this museum are the steam locomotive Fairy Queen and John Morris Fire Engine. But, the significant part which attracts everyone here is a ride in a joy train and monorail. You can climb on the train engine and experience the driving panel. These original life-size exhibits have been well maintained and restored for years, some over a century. Besides these, the outdoor section also has a turntable, and a rail garden, showcasing models of trains passing through varied terrains of India.
- Timings: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
- Entry Fee: INR 50 per person
National Science Centre, Delhi
No matter what your age is, everyone becomes a kid in this museum of creations. I do remember when the school excursion was there. It is one of the places I prefer the most. This place is full of discoveries and innovation. The way this place showcases science is awe-inspiring. It is a part of the largest network of science museums in the world. Starting with an Energy Ball and Water; The Elixir of Life to dinosaurs and Hall of Nuclear Power in this museum systematically covers everything. It also has Fun Science Gallery and Human Biology Gallery, where you can spend hours playing with scientific toys and various activities which will amaze you. Still, do you want something more? The Science Museum also has a 3-D Show, Science show, Blue Planet show, Nuclear Power Plant show, Fantasy Ride and Solo show.
- Timings: 09:30 am to 06:00 pm
- Entry Fee: INR 40 per person for General Entry.
- INR 10 per person for Students.
Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets
Yes!!! You read this right. Delhi also has a museum showcasing the global history of toilets and sanitation. This museum has several rare collections like facts, pictures and objects from 2500 BC showing the evolution of toilets. Museum also presents developments relating to technology, toilet-related social customs, toilet etiquettes, prevailing sanitary conditions and legislative efforts of different times. The museum also showcases a range of unique toilets from several parts of the world. The odd thing that excites you is a collection of poems written about the pots. The pictures in the museum make everyone aware of how the world seems like when societies did not have water closets and the changes after its invention. The museum also has a sewerage system of the Harappan Civilization. It maintains a deep record of how modern toilets have emerged over time.
- Timings: 08:00 am to 08:00 pm
- Entry Fee: No Admission Fee
Shankar’s International Dolls Museum
If you are travelling with your kid, this museum is a must-visit for you. This museum has a total of 6,000 dolls which are from 85 different countries. There are two segments of the collections of dolls. One of them consists of the puppets collected from countries like the UK, the USA, Australia. However, the other segment consists of the collection from Asian countries, the Middle East, Africa and India.
The main collections consist of 150 types of Indian costume dolls created at the workshop of the museum. The craftsmen create the puppets with utmost perfection. In the lineup of manikins, there are also some characters from Kathakali, a unique classical dance form of India and its lavish costumes. One can find the Dolls of exceptional interest like Boys & Girls Festival dolls from Japan, replica Dolls of Queen’s collection from the United Kingdom, Maypole Dance from Hungary, Kabuki, and puppets like Samurai from Japan are also here.
- Timings: 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
- Entry Fee: INR 25 per person.
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Composed By: Mayank Aggarwal