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Delhi's museums (closed on public holidays) - Monuments
 










AIR FORCE MUSEUM  Timing: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm  Closed: Monday & Tuesday

Location: Palam, Delhi Cantt. New Delhi.  Attractions: A collection of airplanes & armory. Depicts the history of the Indian Air force & has a vast collection of aero planes and armory on display.
 
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM  Timing: 9 am - 5 pm    Closed: Government holidays

Location: Red Fort, Old Delhi.  Attractions: Paintings, textiles, costumes. Situated in the historic Red Fort, the museum exhibits objects that date to the Mughal period. On view are manuscripts and firemans' that demonstrate the fine art of calligraphy. One section concentrates on relics of the 1857 war (First war of Independence) like maps and weapons.
 
CRAFTS MUSEUM Timing: Jul to Sep: 9.30 am - 5 pm; Oct to Jun: 9.30 am - 6 pm  Closed: Monday

Location: Bhairon Road, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The crafts museum complex is a charming oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Delhi. Mud huts with painted walls and thatched roofs, courtyards, terracotta horses recreating village shrines, craftsmen at work are some of the elements that add to the rural ambience of the place. Within the museum itself are examples of traditional Indian crafts, wooden carvings and images, metalware, especially ewe Perdue objects from Bastar, West Bengal and Bihar, clay and terracotta pots, toys and images, folk and tribal paintings, jewellery and textiles.
 
GANDHI MUSEUM  Timing: 10.00 am - 5:30 pm  Closed: Monday

Location: Opposite Raj Ghat, Ring Road, Delhi. Personal belongings of Gandhiji. Situated opposite to Raj Ghat is the Gandhi Museum. Dedicated to the Father of the Nation, the museum contains some of his personal belongings. There are five pavilions one can go through that comprise of sculpture, photographs and paintings of Gandhiji and the history of the satyagraha movement as well as the philosophy of 'ahimsa' (non-violence).
 
GANDHI SMRITI MUSEUM  Timing: 10.00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: No. 5, Tees January Marg, New Delhi. A collection of memorabilia of Mahatma Gandhi, including an exhibition of dolls, shown important landmarks in Gandhiji's life, books and cassettes.
 
GHALIB ACADEMY & LIBRARY  Timing: 11.00 am - 6:00 pm  Closed: Sunday

Location: Ghalib Academy, Hazrat Nizamuddin (West), New Delhi. The museum is dedicated to the famous poet Mirza Ghalib and has on display a statue, photographs, books and important documents of his time. The library contains a collection of his poems and those of other contemporary poets.
 
INDIAN WAR MEMORIAL MUSEUM  Timing: 10.00 am - 5:00 pm  Closed: Friday

Location: Red Fort (Naubat Khana Building), New Delhi. Formerly called Red Fort Museum of Arms and Weapons, the museum depicts the diorama of battle of Panipat, along with the weapons and dresses used in first world war.
 
INDIRA GANDHI MEMORIAL  Timing: 9.30 am - 5:00 pm  Closed: Monday

Location: No. 1, Safderjang Road, New Delhi. A collection of memorabilia of Mahatma Gandhi, including an exhibition of dolls, shown important landmarks in Gandhiji's life, books and cassettes.
 
MALLIAH MEMORIAL THREATRE CRAFT MUSEUM

Location: No. 5, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, New Delhi. Collection of theatre crafts from all over the country. Rare collection of puppets and masks. Ornaments crafted from mental, wood, horn pitch and shells and. A production centre which recreates old designs and theatre craft objects.
 
NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART  Timing: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  Closed: Monday

Location: Jaipur House, India Gate, Near Delhi High Court, New Delhi. The museum houses an art reference library which has a vast collection of books. A collection of best contemporary art reproductions are on sale at the counter.
 
NATIONAL CHILDREN MUSEUM  Timing: 9.00 am - 5:30 pm   Closed: Sunday & Monday

Location: 1 Kotla Road, Near I.T.O., New Delhi. Attractions: Enhancing creativity among children. Institution for enhancing creativity among children. It holds regular classes and workshops on performing & creative arts.
 * Mobile Planetarium
 * Mini zoo
 * Aquarium
 
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY Timing: 10.00 am - 5:00 pm   Closed: Monday

Location: FICCI Building, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi. The focus in this museum is on ecology. The various galleries visitors through the gamut of the earth's natural resource. Activity rooms for children. Film shows from 11 am to 3 pm.
 
NATIONAL PHILATELIC MUSEUM  Timing: 10.00 am - 5:00 pm  Closed: Saturday & Sunday

Location: Dak Bhawan, Sardar Patel Chowk, Sansad Marg, New Delhi. Rare stamps, first day covers & special cancellations are display at the museum. Counter for sale of stamps from all over the world.
 
NATIONAL POLICE MUSEUM  Timing: 10.00 am - 5:00 pm  Closed: Saturday & Sunday

Location: Block No-4, CGO complex, Lodi Road,  New Delhi. This museum takes us into the world of thrill and sensation as museum contains several thought provoking items all related to police Crime & Criminals, from the ancient to the modern times. Exhibition acquired from different states and central police organizations both of Indian and Foreign origin. Photography is allowed with permission. Museum has no admission fees.
 
NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTRE MUSEUM  Timing: 10.00 am - 9:00 pm  Closed: Monday

Location: Pragati Maidan, Near Gate No. 1, New Delhi. The museum has on display various scientific instruments to acting children's interest in Science.
 
NATIONAL RAIL MUSEUM  Timing: Apr-Sep 9.30 am - 7.00 pm  Oct-Mar 9:30 am - 5 pm Closed: Monday

Location: Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. The Rail Transport Museum is a must for rail buffs. There are models of train engines and coaches and it is a train-lovers delight. Its pride is a model of India's very first train, a steam engine that made its journey from Mumbai to Thane in 1853. The locomotives here are all displayed in the open although there is a museum as well, which is a storehouse of information on the history of railways in India.

Its vintage displays include the oldest locomotive in the world-still working; the Viceregal Dining Car (1889) and the Prince of Wales Saloon (1875), Maharaja of Mysore's Saloon (1899), Maharaja of Baroda's Saloon (1886). The royal saloons are definitely worth a look for the elaborate interior design. To enter the royal saloons one has to buy a ticket. The star attraction is the Fairy Queen, built in 1855, and considered to be the best preserved steam locomotive engines of her age. Children can enjoy a ride on the miniature rail track.
 
NEHRU MUSEUM & PLANETARIUM  Spl. School Programs: 9:30 am to 10:30 pm
 
Location: Teen Murti Bhavan, Teen Murti Marg, New Delhi. Additional shows on Sundays and holidays in Hindi- 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. Hindi Shows- 10 am to 5 pm. The residence of Late Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India was converted into a museum after his death. The museum is a fascinating place to learn about the history of the Independence Movement.

There are several photographs of the erstwhile Prime Minister, giving an account of his life. Besides this, the colonial building is also equally interesting, with its teak paneled rooms with high ceilings, spacious verandas and well kept gardens.
 
SANGEET NATAK ACADEMY  Timing: 9.30 am to 6.00 pm  Closed: Saturday & Sunday

Location: Rabindra Bhavan, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi. Academy has a large archive of audio & video tapes, photographs on the performing arts. Copies of these are provided at a nominal cost.
 
SANSKRITI KENDRA TERRACOTTA & METAL MUSEUM  Timing: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm  Closed : Monday

Location: Anandgram P.O Arjungarh Mehrauli, Gurgaon Road, New Delhi.  Attractions: Collection of what is called "Everyday Arts" which houses only terracotta & metal artifacts depicting the story of life. The complex is a workshop and an Artists Studio where artisans work and also live the same complex in the Terracotta village. The museum was established by Shri Mulkraj Anand in 1979.
 
SHANKAR'S INTERNATIONAL DOLLS MUSEUM  Timing: 10 am - 5.30 pm   Closed: Monday

Location: Nehru House, 4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi. Attractions: A collection of 6,000 dolls from over 85 Countries. One can find just about every kind of a doll one needs to see in Shankar's International Dolls Museum. A third of the collection has been gathered from different parts of India. Each doll is resplendently dressed in costumes that represent the country or the region they come from.
 
TIBET HOUSE MUSEUM   Timing: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm  Closed: Saturday & Sunday

Location: 1, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. Attractions: A collection of tankhas (painted scrolls depicting the life of Buddha), old currency notes, head pieces, prayer objects & musical instruments.
 
ZAKIR HUSSAIN MEMORIAL  Timing: 10.00 am - 4.30 pm  Closed: Friday

Location: Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla, New Delhi. Attractions: A collection of photographs, souvenirs & memorabilia, acquired during Dr. Zakir Hussain's term as President of India.
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