Museums: Past gets tangible here!

Museums: Past gets tangible here!

An ode to the International Museum Day. Check out Delhi’s some of the most magnificent museum that you may / may not have been to:

  • National Museum: storehouse of heritage

  • Why should you be here? To see this spectacular storehouse of over 200,000 works of art, both national and international, spanning over 5,000 years. Also, it’s one of the largest museums in India that holds a variety of articles ranging from pre-historic era to modern works of
  • Where: Rajpath, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
  • Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (Monday closed)
  • Closest metro station : Udyog Bhawan


  • Shankar’s International Dolls Museum: all races, religions and sexes sharing a small space

  • Why should you be here? For a date with dolls. A fun day out with over 6,500 exhibits of beautiful dolls from approximately 85 countries. The show stopper is the main collection of 150 types of Indian costume dolls. Interestingly, the museum also runs a “clinic” for “sick” dolls, where rare deteriorating dolls are given a face lift.
  • Where:Nehru House, 4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
  • Timings: 10 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday closed
  • Closest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan


  • National Science Center :

  • Why should you be here: If you had a hatred for science all your life or if science always amazes you. Experience the magical world of simple innovation that will leave you spellbound. Watch the awesome 3-D shows that have horses, snakes and flying carpets ramming straight into the viewers.
  • Where: Near Gate No. 1, Pragati Maidan
  • Timings: 10 am – 5:30 pm, 7 days open
  • Closest metro station: Pragati Maidan


  • Crafts Museum:

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  • Why should you be here: To experience over 35,000 rare and distinctive pieces reflecting the continuing tradition of Indian craftsmen through painting, embroidery, textiles, various crafts of clay, stone and wood
  • Where: (corner of ) Pragati Maidan, facing the Purana Qila complex, Bhairon Marg, New Delhi
  • Timings: 9.30 am to 5 pm, except on Mondays
  • Closest metro station: Pragati Maidan


  • Parliament museum

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  • Why should you be here: To learn or remember the story of freedom struggle of India at this interactive museum. This is a fairly new museum that was opened for public in year 2006.
  • Where: Lok Sabha Secretariat, Parliament Library Building, Pandit Pant Marg Area, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
  • Timings: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Closed on every Sunday and Monday
  • Closest metro station: Central Secretariat


  • National Rail Museum

Image: Lonely Planet

  • Why should you be here: Relive the moments of DDLJ in every era  and pure Bollywood style, as you walk past over 100 exhibits of Indian Railways, antique train furniture, stunning interiors of each period, photographs that can take you back in time. They also have the interesting Patiala State Monorail Trainways, Fairy Queen (world’s oldest working steam locomotive in operational service), and the Morris-Belsize fire engine (one of two in the world) exhibits.
  • Where: Near Motibagh Flyover, Chankayapuri
  • Nearest metro station:INA /AIIMS / Race Course
  • Timings: 9.30am – 5pm, Closed on Sundays and Mondays


  • Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

  • Why should you be here: A museum that traces the history of the toilet for the past 4,500 years, has been ranked third among the world’s 10 weirdest museums by Time magazine in 2014.
  • Where: Sulabh Bhawan, Mahavir Enclave, Palam Dabri Marg
  • Nearest Metro Station: Dwarka Sector 9 & 10
  • Timings: 10am – 5pm, All days


  • Nehru Planetarium

  • Why should you be here: For the thrills of almost-3D sky-watching. Check out the spectacular show that takes you through the night life up in the sky as the sun sets in the city.
  • Where: Teen Murti Bhavan, Teen Murti Marg
  • Nearest Metro Station: Race Course
  • Timings: Public shows are at 11.30am and 3pm in English, and 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 4pm and 4.45pm (in Hindi)


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