Friday, August 9, 2013

Museums in Delhi

If you are planning to Travel Delhi, you should have a clear understanding regarding the top places to travel in Delhi. Specially, if you have any interest in history, you would really love to visit museums in Delhi. Following are some of the top museums in Delhi.

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (Image Reference)
This art museum was established at the initiative of avid art collector Kiran Nadar and opened in January 2010, as the first private museum of Art, exhibiting Modern and contemporary works from India and the subcontinent. It is located in the popular tourist destination of Saket. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10:30AM-6:30PM. Entry is free.

Gandhi Smriti

Gandhi Smriti (Image Reference)
This estate is the site of Mahatma Gandhi's martyrdom. It includes a museum celebrating his life and the room he lived in during his final days. The museum is open from 10 AM to 5 PM except Monday and the entry is free for all.

National Museum of India

National Museum of India (Image Reference)
The collection is unparalleled and contains some true masterpieces. The museum showcases the arts and handicrafts from different regions of India. Entry Rs 300 for foreigners (includes useful audio guide), Rs 10 Indians (optional audio guide Rs 150 extra), 1 rupees for Indian Students, plus Rs 300 if you want to use a camera. Decent restaurant on the second floor (lunch buffet Rs 200). Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10AM-5PM.

National Science Center

National Science Center India (Image Reference)
A good place to refresh your basics, particularly in Physics. It has a recently built section on DNA Science and also a section on Dinosaurs. A section on ancient Indian Science and Technology, including Vedic Mathematics & Ayurveda. The "Energy Ball" display near the entrance is interesting and perhaps the most captivating of all. A section on Electronic Technologies sponsored by Samsung is also a must see.

National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum India (Image Reference)
This museum houses a collection of Indian trains from the past to the present - a worthwhile look into India's proud railway heritage. The collection includes carriages belonging to Indian potentates and British viceroys. It’s open at 9:30AM-7:30PM (Apr-Sept) and 9:30AM-5:30PM (Oct-Mar) except Mondays and national holidays.

Nehru Memorial Museum

Nehru Memorial Museum (Image Reference)

Former residence of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Now it’s a museum of his life. It was used by the Commander-in-chief of the Indian Army before Indian Independence. It is open at 9AM-5PM except Monday.

National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum 

National Handicrafts Museum India (Image Reference)
This charming museum near the Purana Qila houses thousands of artifacts and handicrafts illustrating village life throughout India. 10AM-5PM. Foreign Visitors Rs. 150, Indian Visitors Rs. 10.

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