Being the soul of the country, Delhi pays homage to the precious heritage of India. The capital city of India is a beautiful amalgam of history, culture, and modernization. Museums are not the boring place always. It is a wealth that preserves our rich aesthetic heritage. Visiting a museum is fascinating for those who would love to turn out the history pages and desire to learn about Indian culture. They will find something that satisfied their yearning to know more about history and culture.
A list of “Top 10 museums to visit in Delhi” is prepared for you. Don’t forget to add these museums to your itinerary when you visit the soul of India.
National Rail Museum
Wanted to go on a ride of Indian rail heritage? Yes! Let’s go to the National Rail Museum in Chanakyapuri. National Rail Museum depicts the Indian rail history. This museum is on the bucket list of everyone. It is home to 100 static and working Indian railway models, historical photographs, antique train furniture, signalling equipment, and related literature.
The major attractions of the museum are not introduced to you yet.
The steam locomotive “Fairy Queen” and “John Morris Fire Engine” catches every tourist’s attention who are visiting the National Rail Museum. The entry fee for adults is Rs 50, Rs. 10 for the children ( between 3 to 12 years). On weekend and Government holidays, the entry fee is double. You can visit from 10 am to 5 pm.
Can you guess the place where you can find the cultural and historical treasure of the world? No clue! Located in Janpath, New Delhi, the National Museum of Delhi is a delightful site to experience Indian and foreign artwork. It is known to be the largest museum in Delhi. It was built in 1949, also known as the National Museum of Delhi. National Museum has a lot to fascinate you. It is preserving almost 2,00,000 artwork from 5000 years back. It has a captivating collection of Dancing Girl (a bronze statue), the Priest Head, the terracotta image of Mother Goddess, and coin collection. The coin collection flashes our country’s antiquity.
Did you know the love boat with Radha Krishna statue is considered the most attractive spot of the National Museum? People from across the globe came here to explore the cultural and historical treasure of the world.
The entry fee for Indians is Rs. 20, and for the foreigner, it’s 650. You can visit between 10 AM to 6 PM except for Monday. Still, wondering? Come on! Add it to your Delhi itinerary.
National Gallery of Modern Art
For modern art are lovers, the National gallery of art is the perfect place to visit in Delhi. It is one of the world’s largest modern art museums under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. National Gallery of Modern Art has approx. 17,000 artwork from Indian as well as foreign artists. It has preserved the pieces from the government toshakhana. Sometimes people wonder what to appreciate because it is magnificent from inside and outside.
The entry fee for Indians is Rs. 20, and for the foreigner, it is Rs. 500. What about the students? Well, it’s free for students. You can visit between 11 AM to 6:30 PM except for Monday and the National holidays. When are you going to explore the National Gallery of Modern Art?
National Philatelic Museum
The next museum that will leave you wonderstruck is the National Philatelic Museum. Department of Posts is administrating the National Philatelic Museum, and located inside the Dak Bhavan. Did you know that National Philatelic Museum has the first Indian stamp by Sindh Dak in 1854? It also houses stamps collection from pre and post-independence times. These stamps are beautifully sectioned according to themes. If an inner collector is residing in you, then this is must visit place for you. Well, there is no entry fee and the visiting time is 10 am to 5 pm. Explore the inner collector that you were hiding from everyone.
Nehru Memorial Museum & Library
The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library is located in Teen Murti Marg Area, New Delhi. It is an ideal place for knowledge craving people. This museum showcase the struggle during the independence movement. The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library was built in 1964 in the memory of our first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. And the ministry of Culture is managing this museum.
Wanted to go on a ride for struggling days during the independence movement? Well, the library has more than 250000 printed books, 150000 photographs, and 8000 audiotapes to enhance your knowledge about the Independence movement. You can visit the museum between 9 am to 5:30 pm. And guess what? You need not spend a single penny on the entry fee. It’s free. Feels good, right?
Shankar’s International Dolls Museum
The Shankar’s International Dolls Museum is established in 1965 by political cartoonist K. Shankar Pillai. He loved to collect dolls. When he set up the museum, there were only 1000 dolls. Now, the doll museum houses around 6500 dolls from 85 countries. A museum with a unique concept is a must-go place for everyone.
No need to think twice youngsters, as well as adults, would love this doll museum. The entry fee per person is INR 15 per person and the visiting time is 10 am to 5:30 pm.
National Science Centre
National Science Centre was founded in 1992. It is just 9.0 km from the Delhi bus stand, Bhairon Road, near Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. If you are science buffs and wondering what to do on your weekend? Then National Science Centre will be a paradise for you. It is one of the best museums that comes under the National Council of Science Museums. National Science Centre has four floors and many exhibition galleries. The Hall of Nuclear Power, Emerging Technologies Gallery, and Fun Science Gallery are some of them. If you wanted to enhance your knowledge about the latest technology in India. Then National Science Centre is a must-visit for you.
Indian Air Force Museum
Indian Air Force Museum is situated in Palam Air Force Station in Delhi. This museum houses historic pictures, weapons, and uniforms from the beginning in 1932. If you wanted to discover more about aircraft, you should visit here on weekends. On Monday and Tuesday, It is closed. Visitants can get a sight of small aircraft, large aircraft, and Air Force inventory while visiting the Indian Air Force Museum. The visiting time is 10 AM to 5 PM, and entry is free.
Did you know that Gandhi Smriti was earlier known as Birla Bhawan? It is one of the popular museums in Delhi. It is only 12 km from the Delhi bus stand. Mahatma Gandhi, the national father, has spent the last 144 days of his life here. This museum represents the history of India. There are also photographs, sculptures, modern tools, and equipment that make the visitor’s museum visit successful. The visiting time is 10 AM to 5:30 PM, and entry is free.
Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Memorial
Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Memorial was established in 2016 to pay tribute to India’s former president Late APJ Abdul Kalam. Situated in Dilli Haat, it is one of the finest places to visit in Delhi.
The Missile Man of India has done so much to increase the significance of science. The museum is preserving that treasure so that we all appreciate it. The museum has so many fascinating artifacts, personal belongings, and books written by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam. Nobody is unaware of Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam’s dedication and determination that he has shown while serving the nation. The entry Pass for Dilli Haat is just for Rs 10 per person, and the visiting time is 11 am to 9 pm.
Knowledge adds value to your life. Whether you are artists, history lovers, and science buffs, Delhi museums are the best places to grab knowledge in your inspired areas. My list of “Top 10 museums to visit in Delhi” will help you, for sure. Don’t forget to add these mind-blowing museums visit to add to your next Delhi itinerary. And yes, you can thank me later for this.