Not always can we spend our weekends in malls, just shopping? Sometimes, we feel the need to explore some new and interesting places, that are educative in their own ways. So, what better place than a Museum?
Delhi, being the National Capital, is home to numerous museums. However, in a hectic city life, it is impossible to visit all these museums. So, we bring to you a list of Top 10 must-see museums in Delhi. The list covers a wide variety of museums, from the metro museums to the toilet museum, which makes fun and interesting weekend outings in Delhi.
1. Metro Museum
It is South Asia’s first modern Metro Museum that has been inaugurated in Delhi. The Museum showcases the origin, history, and trajectory of the 32 years of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which is India’s largest in the transportation realm, since Independence. The Museum has movies and documentaries which showcase the various difficulties, from underground metro lines to stations even in the busiest of roads, Despite all the trials, the achievement lies in successfully bringing the Metro facility to the most crowded city- Delhi, that has touched thousands of lives and continues to do so.
Timings– 10 am to 4 pm.
2. National Gallery of Modern Art
This is a premier art gallery that functions under the Ministry of Culture. The Museum was established in 1954 by the Indian government. It has branches at Mumbai and Bangalore also. The Gallery has a collection of about 14,000 works, which includes great artworks by Thomas Daniell, Raja Ravi Verma, Rabindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, etc. A visit to the gallery is an unusual experience, which soothes the florets of artistry in you.
Timings– 11:00 am to 6:30 pm.
3. Shankar’s International Doll’s Museum
We’ve all loved playing with dolls in our childhood and dreamt of doll houses. So, here’s a grand doll house, where all kinds of dolls are displayed. This Doll’s Museum is a mesmerizing and enticing dreamland for all children and even adults. The Museum features 6000 dolls from about 85 countries and about 500 dolls dress in Indian attires from all over the country. A visit to this unusual museum is a must.
Timing- 9 am- 5:30 pm.
Collection size:: 6,500 Dolls.
4. Bal Bhavan National Children’s Museum and Aquarium
The Founder of the National Bal Bhavan was Shri. Jawaharlal Nehru. He believed that the creativity and potential of every child needed to be nurtured because it will decide the future of our country. Along the same lines, the Bal Bhavan functions till date. This makes an educative outing for all kids, who can be enlightened by the museum, library, art gallery, etc. The place also has fun options like the Toy rain, gardens, fish aquarium, mini zoo, traffic and science museums, etc. Your children will surely not get bored, when here.
Timings– 9 am to 5 pm.
5. National Crafts Museum
National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum (NHHM) or the National Crafts Museum, of the Ministry of Textiles, is one of the largest crafts museums in India. The museum inhabits various galleries like the Tribal and Rural Craft Gallery, Gallery of Courtly Crafts, Textile Gallery, Gallery of Popular Culture etc. It is also home to multiple textiles and handlooms like Bhoota Collection from Karnataka, rare Kashmiri ‘dushalas’, handkerchiefs from Chamba, known for their unique embroidery, rare brocade and Baluchari saris, Kutch embroidery.The museum area also has a village complex.
6. National Rail Museum
Michael Graham Satow, a rail enthusiast proposed the idea of a Rail Transport Museum (RTM). The museum is spread across 11 acres that have six galleries, both indoors and outdoors. Numerous steam, diesel, and electric engines have been preserved in the museum, which has been put on display.
7. National Police Museum
The Police Museum (1991) aims to showcase the methodology, used by the Indian and International Police against crimes. All of Police’s techniques and strategies are put on display for local people to know and gain knowledge about. This is an interesting museum to explore and gain knowledge about.
Timing: 10.00am-5:00 pm.
Closed: Saturday & Sunday.
8. Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
The museum was established in 1992, by the Sulabh International and is dedicated to the global history of sanitation and toilets, aiming to expose its problems and inaccuracies. According to Time magazine, it is one of the weirdest museums that feature among the “10 museums around the world that are anything but mundane”. The Museum has exhibits from about 50 countries, which have been arranged in three sections of the “Ancient, Medieval and Modern”. The sanitation artifacts have been collected from 3000 BC until that of the 20th century. This unusual museum makes for an unusual trip, which many may not want to visit, but this too will enlighten you about the evolution from ancient times up to modernity. It is a different perspective to ordinary means of learning history.
Timings– 10 am to 5 pm.
9. Nehru Museum and Planetarium
The Museum was earlier the residence of our first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru and later, it was turned into a museum in his memory. The Nehru Planetarium was set up for the promotion of astronomy education and promotes potential astronomers among the youth of India. The planetarium becomes a student’s hot spot during eclipses and meteor sightings. It is a must-visit for adults as well as children.
Timings- 9:30 am to 5 pm.
10. Sanskriti Museums
Sanskriti Pratishthan or Sanskriti Foundation (1979) is a non-profit culture and arts development organization, which works to preserve and promote five major fields, namely Literature, the Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Journalism and Social/Cultural Achievement. Sanskriti Museums are constituted a set of three museums, which are- Museum of ‘Everyday Art’, Museum of Indian Terracotta (tribal art) and Textile Museum. Everyday objects made into artworks like spoons, saucers, etc are displayed in the collection called ‘Everyday Art’. The Terracotta Museum has sculptures, figures, and artworks made by the tribals using terra cotta. The textile heritage of India is preserved in the Textile Museum. A trip to this Museum will want to recreate your living spaces with better artifacts.
Timings– 10 am to 5 pm.
CONTRIBUTION: Priysha Sharma