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
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.
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
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.
This small museum in the
Institutional Area, Lodi Rd, 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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.