- National Museum of Natural History
- Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets
- National Gandhi Museum
- Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum
- National Gallery of Modern Art
- National Philatelic Museum
- Shankar's International Dolls Museum
- National Children's Museum
- Sanskriti Museum
- National Museum
- National Rail Museum
- National Handicrafts & Handlooms Museum (Crafts Museum)
National Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History was established on June 5th 1979. This museum has huge collections of the flora, fauna and mineral wealth of India to promote ecological conservation and environmental awareness amongst Indian people. There are three main exhibit galleries in the museum - Introduction of Natural History, Nature's Network: Ecology and Conservation. And the museum regional museums of National History in places like Mysore, Bhopal, Sawai Madhopur and Bhubaneswar. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm everyday and is closed on Mondays and on National holidays.
Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets
One of the unique museums of India, this museum is run by Sulabh International and is dedicated to the global history of sanitation and toilets. It was established in 1992 by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, a social activist and founder of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement. The museum showcases the history of toilets from the time of their inception way back in 2500 BC to the modern era. It also shows toilet related social customs, toilet etiquettes, prevailing sanitary conditions and legislative efforts of the times. The museum is open from 10 am to 5:00 pm everyday and is closed only on national holidays.
RZ-83, Sulabh Bhavan, Mahavir Enclave, Palam-Dabri, Marg. New Delhi.
25031518-19, 25032617/2654, 25055950
National Gandhi Museum
Inaugurated on January 30th 1961 by President Dr. Rajendra Prasad, this museum is dedicated to the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Located just opposite to Rajghat, this museum has collection of Gandhijis personal belongings, books, photographs, journals and audio-visual material, all of which showcases the life of Mahatma Gandhi, his relationships with his family and friends and his philosophy of non-violence, sathyagraha etc. The museum is open from 10 am to 5:30 pm everyday and is closed on Mondays and on public holidays.
Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum
The newly opened Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum is a story-telling museum, where each room tells the history of India right from the Delhi Durbar of 1911 when the announcement of shifting of the capital of British India to Delhi made, till the time of present President Pranab Mukherjee. There are valubale artifacts of Mahatma Gandhi, gifts and mementos given to the earlier presidents of India, the drawings and sketches of the famous architect Edwin Lutyens, who designed New Delhi, and many other exhibits. The museum will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. Entry to the museum will be through gate no.30 on Mother Teresa Crescent Road. Bookings can be made through www.presidentofindia.nic.in. Nominal registration charge of Rs. 25 per head for adults will apply from Nov 1st 2014, while entry would remain free for children below 12 years.
National Gallery of Modern Art
Started in 1954, the National Gallery of Modern Art has a vast collection of art work by renowned Indian artists like Amrita Sher-Gil, Raja Ravi Varma, Jamini Roy. The museum is open from 10 am to 5:00 pm everyday and is closed on Monday.
Jaipur House, India Gate, Near Delhi High Court, New Delhi- 110 003.
National Philatelic Museum
For people interested in Indian stamps and its history, this museum is an ideal place to discover to the first stamp issued in India, per-independence stamps issued by the Princely states. The museum is open from 10 am to 5:00 pm everyday and is closed on Saturday and Sunday and on public holidays.
Dak Bhavan, Sardar Patel Chowk, Sansad Marg, New Delhi
+91-011-23036447, 23036447, 23036727
Shankar's International Dolls Museum
An ideal place for children to enjoy more than 6000 dolls from 85 countries around the world put on display in this museum. The museum was started by the famous cartoonist Shankar Pillai, who also founded the Children's Book Trust. The museum is open from 10 am to 6:00 pm everyday and is closed on Monday and public holidays.
#39, Book Trust, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi near Ram Charan Agrawal Chowk.
National Children's Museum
A space for children to explore and enhance their creative talents. The museum has an aquarium, a large play area with play equipments, a mini-zoon, a toy train to a ride in, a traffic park, a science park and various other exhibits for curious children to touch and feel and learn from. The museum is open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm everyday and is closed on Sunday and Monday.
The Sanskriti Foundation (http://www.sanskritifoundation.org/index.htm) runs three very interesting Indian hertiage related museums: 1) Sanskriti Museum of Everyday Art : Established in 1984, this museum showcases the Indian heritage through the display of objects used in our everyday life. 2) Sanskriti Museum of Indian Terracotta : A museum to show the terracotta art and its history in India. 3) Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles : Established in 2009, this museum showcases the history of the Indian textile craft. The museums are opened everyday from 10 am-5 pm and are closed on Mondays and all Public Holidays.
Founded in 1949, this is India's largest museum displaying more than 200,000 artefacts from India and other countries. The display covers more than 5,000 years of Indian history starting from the pre-historic times. It has many departments like Anthropology, Pre-History Archaeology, Archaeology, Manuscripts, Paintings, Decorative Arts, Numismatics & Epigraphy, Jewellery etc occupying three floors of the National Museum building on Janpath, New Delhi. There are galleries for each for these departments like Pre-History Archaeology has the famous Harappan Gallery displaying the world famous Dancing Girl, and the Department of Painting has the miniature paintings of Moghuls, Deccani, Pahari, Rajasthani and Central India. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm everyday and is closed on Mondays.
National Rail Museum
Established in Feburary of 1977, the National Railway Museum is located at Chanakyapuri, New Delhi on a 10-acre campus. The museum showcases the history of rail in India through its collections of antique and rare steam locomotives, carriages, saloons and other railway artifacts. There are about 75 live exhibits as well as several working and non-working models displayed in its indoor gallery. There is toy train that can take one around the museum on regular days and on some days its famous Patiala State Steam Monorail is steamed up and runs on its track around the museum. The museum is open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm everyday and is closed on Mondays and National Holidays.
National Handicrafts & Handlooms Museum (Crafts Museum)
A museum set up during the 1950s and 60s to serve as a resource center and to preserve the reference material for the craftspeople whose traditional craft has been dying in the modern times. The building of the museum was designed by the famous architect Charles Correa. The craft museum is one the largest crafts museum of India housing an excellent collection of all the handmade art and craft one can find in various parts of India. The museum is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday. Galleries are closed on Monday and office is closed on Sunday and all the National holidays.