National Museum is also known as National Museum of India located at Rajpath Crossing, Janpath, New Delhi. It was first established in 1949 at Rashtrapati Bhavan and inaugurated on 15th August 1949. The foundation stone of the current building was laid on 12 May 1955 by Prime minister Jwahar Lal Nehru and first was completed and opened for public on 18 December 1960. The second phase was opened in 1989. It is one of the largest museums of India covering about 9000 square meters of area.
National Museum Collections
National museum New Delhi building is divided in three floors- Ground, First and Second Floor. Each floor of the museum features different collections of arts, painting, memento, exhibitions, medieval art, antiquities, carving, arms and armours, etc. The breakdown of each floor is
- Ground Floor: Library, Auditorium, Harappan Civilization, Kushan (Gandhara, Mathura & Ikshvaku Art), Gupta Terracotta and Early Medieval Art, Late Medieval Art, Buddhist Art, Indian Miniature Paintings, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Transparencies of Indian Scripts and Coins, etc.
- First Floor: Special Exhibitions, Manuscripts, Central Asian Antiquities, Ancient Coins, Thanjavur Paintings, Maritime Heritage, Ajanta Paintings, etc.
- Second Floor: Costumes and Textiles, Pre-Columbian and Western Arts, Arms and Armour, Tribal Lifestyle Musical Instruments Wood Carving
Timings and Entry Fee
The timing of National Museum Delhi is 10 AM to 5 PM and it remains closed on Monday and Gazetted holidays. Entry ticket is just 20 Rs per head for Indian citizens and 650 for foreign visitors with audio guide. Indian national who want the audio guide, need to spend 100 Rs extra. The audio guide is available in Hindi, English, German, French and Japanese language. Entry is free for the students till class 12 with a valid school identity card. The museum also organises a volunteer guide programme which consists 90 minute free tour of Delhi National museum showing highlights and main objects.
There is no camera fee in the museum, however, you have to take prior permission before clicking the pictures. Videography is not allowed in the national museum. Visitors with special needs inform the museum authorities 48 hours before their scheduled visit. Wheelchairs are available at the museum and can be availed from the reception. The mail should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for prior arrangement.
National Museum Delhi General Information
Nearest metro stations are Udyog Bhawan and Central Secretariat of Blue Line. You can also take DTC city bus service to reach the National museum Bus stop.
|Nearest Metro Station||Udyog Bhawan and Central Secretariat Metro Station of Blue line|
|Timings||10 AM to 5 PM|
|Remains Closed||Monday and Gazetted Holidays|
|Entry Fee||20 for Indian Nationals|
|650 for Foreigners with Audio Guide|
|Free for students till 12th Class on showing school ID card|
|Audio Guide Charges for India||100|
|Volunteer Guide Programme Timings||Tuesday to Friday- 10.30 AM and 2.30 PM|
|Saturday and Sunday- 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 2:30 PM and 3:00 PM|
A visit to National Museum Delhi is worth, tourist and travelers from India as well across the globe will surely love the museum. It is entertaining as well knowledge gainer for the visitors towards the history of India. Here visitors can watch and learn about the Indian history and heritage very closely.