Where: Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, India
Timings: 10 AM to 6 PM (Monday Closed)
Special attraction: Radha and Krishna in the boat of love
The National Museum in Delhi is a treasure trove for every art lover. With its unique collection of ancient artifacts of every kind, the museum holds more than 5000 years of worldwide rich cultural heritage. It is one of the largest museums in Delhi situated on the corner of the Janpath and Maulana Azad Road. With its blueprints prepared by the Gwyer Committee, the majestic repository was established in 1949 set up by the Government of India in 1946. Today, the museum is maintained by the Ministry of Culture, Department of India and has a huge collection of 20,000 works of foreign and Indian artworks. Covering an extensive range of products from the prehistoric times to modern works of art, the museum traces the rich cultural heritage of nations across the world. The two-storey museum houses a plethora of departments such as archaeology, manuscripts, pre-history archaeology, paintings, arms and armour and several other interesting sectors to be explored. Among the major attractions, the museum boasts of 4th and 5th century BC relics which date back to the times of Buddha and the Harappan Civilization.
National Rail Museum
Where: Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Monday Closed)
Specialty: Fairy Queen ? the oldest working steam locomotive
This unique museum located in Chanakyapuri was established on 1st February 1977 with the aim to preserve the 163 years old heritage of Indian Railways. The museum is spread over a total area of 10 acres of land encompassing some of the most amazing railway memorabilia. With an exciting collection of around 100 real size exhibits of Indian Railways in working as well as static conditions, the museum also houses antiques, furniture and fixtures of the railway service. The vast outdoor assortment houses the famous ?Fairy Queen? which is the oldest steam locomotive still in working conditions. Among the entertainment sections, there are few dummy specimen that offer rides to both adults and kids to let them explore the essence of Indian Railways. Facilities of 3D virtual train ride, steam loco stimulator and an indoor gallery, the museum offers an overall experience and history of the heritage railway structure of the country. The poised locality is balanced with lush green while the interiors are decorated with pictures, photographs and miniature models. Additionally, the in-house souvenir shop is where you can pick a memento or two to take home.
National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum
Where: Pragati Maidan, Bhairon Marg, New Delhi, India
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM (Monday Closed)
Specialty: Rare handmade artwork
More commonly known as the Crafts Museum, the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum is a colorful platform to show the rich culture and diverse traditions of India. The museum, located in the far corner of Pragati Maidan in Delhi, is a center to showcase multiple specimens in handicrafts, textile and local d?cor to name the most popular ones. The construction of the museum was designed by the famous architect Charles Correa and is currently under the management of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The museum is a collection of over thirty-three thousand assorted crafts picked since the last 60 years from different states of India to come up with this vast and unique exhibit. It is a treasure house of rich handloom and handicrafts, and at the same time has an in-house souvenir shop, the Lota Shop, to let the tourists pick their favorites. The main collection encompasses exhaustive textiles and fabrics, bronze and metal lamps, sculptures, wood carvings, bamboo crafts, terracotta figurines, tribal paintings etc. preserved in Tribal and Rural Craft Gallery, Gallery of Courtly Crafts, Textile Gallery, Gallery of Popular Culture to name the most popularly visited ones.
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
Where: RZ-83 Sulabh Bhawan, Palam Dabri Road
Timings: 10:30 AM (10:00 AM in summers) to 5 PM
Specialty: Exceptional collection of toilet pots
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is an exceptional one in Delhi. Built in 1992 by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak (a social activist), it is one of the weirdest museum in the world by Time magazine. The main aim of the museum was to dedicate to the global history of toilets and sanitation, thereby addressing the problems related to the sanitation sector in the nation. The exhibits include assortments from over 50 countries that range from elaborately carved toilets to painted urinals and many more related anecdotes. The entire setup is arranged in three sections of Ancient, Medieval and Modern with relevant showcases exhibited as per their date of origin and establishment starting from 3000 BC through the 20th century evolution. The entire assortment of artifacts and exhibit is aimed to display the transition in the toilet related technology, sanitation habits, hygiene etiquettes and more on similar line. The most attractive is the tiny piece of toilet poetry latched to the specimens on the display boards. Worth mentioning are the Victorian toilet seats, golden commodes, bidet, toilet furniture and privies, and of course the toilet (copy) of King Louis XIV which he used in the court to defecate!!
Shankar's International Dolls Museum
Where: Nehru House, 4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
Timings: 10 AM to 5:30 PM (Monday Closed)
Specialty: 150+ Indian costume dolls
Shankar?s International Dolls Museum is one of the most unique and beautiful museums in India that is built with the aim to house a collection of dolls from all over the world. Situated in the Children?s Book Trust Building at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, the museum was curated by K. Shankar Pillai, the most celebrated political cartoonists in India. The collection of the museum got bigger with dolls and figurines being gifted and donated by 80 countries from all over the world by political figures. The assortment now stands at a whopping number of 6500 dolls, which are divided into two sections ? one with the collection of dolls from the Asian subcontinent and the other with those from the rest of the world. The initiative was taken by Shankar Pillai after he received a souvenir doll from a Hungarian envoy injecting his interest in collecting dolls from all over the world. During one of the initial exhibitions mainly curated for the needy children, Shankar was visited by former Prime Minister Jawarharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira. The Dolls Museum took shape and became a prominent place to visit only after Indira Gandhi got inspired and started taking interest.
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