7 Most Visited Museums in Delhi

Delhi is an ancient city, steeped in history and culture, where it seamlessly merges with the new. It is a treasure trove of ancient wisdom and modern IT parks. Some of the most interesting ancient relics city are now safely stored in the numerous museums, calling in history buffs to have a look. Some of the museums in Delhi are institution in itself where visitors can learn interesting facts about past.

Interestingly, museums in Delhi have every kind – conventional museums dedicated to historical figures to unconventional institutions dedicated to toilets! So, if you are an unconventional tourist and like to explore some of the off-beat places, then this write-up is meant for you.

Let’s check out some of the popular museums of the city:

1. National Museum

Address: Janpath Rd, Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, Delhi 110011
Entry fee: INR 20 (adults – Indian), INR 650 (foreigner – including audio guides)
Opening time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
National Museum in Delhi
National Museum of India

The three-storied building is the treasure trove of information, and one of the most visited museums in Delhi. Established in late 1949, the museum has an impressive collection of relics and objects dating back to the pre-historic era. Apart from the ancient relics, there are numerous galleries dedicated to art, miniature paintings, jewelries, and so much more.

2. National Rail Museum

Address: Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
Entry fee: For weekdays – INR 400 (adults – Indian), INR 370 (children); for weekends and government holiday – INR 300 (adults – Indian), INR 200 (children)
Opening time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (except Monday)

The National Rail Museum is an interesting place for railway enthusiasts. Apart from antique railway exhibits, you can find ancient diesel and steam engines, galleries, and simulations of coaches. Some of the main exhibits of the institution are Patiala State Monorail Trainways, Saloon of The Prince of Wales, Fairy Queen, and Saloon of The Maharaja of Mysore.

3. Nehru Memorial Museum & Library

Address: Teen Murti Bhavan, Teen Murti Marg, Teen Murti Marg Area, New Delhi, Delhi 110011
Entry fee: No entry fee
Opening time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)

The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, housed in the Teen Murti Bhavan in Delhi, is an institution containing the memorabilia belonging to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Founded with the aim of preserving the legacy of the Pt. Nehru, and several other national leaders. Spread in a huge area, the museum is close to the Nehru Planetarium.

4. National Science Center

Address: Bhairon Marg, Near Gate No.1, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Entry fee: INR 60 (adults) – free entry to children
Opening time: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm (Monday to Friday), 9:30 am – 8:00 pm (Saturday, Sunday)
National Science Center Delhi
National Science Center

Part of the National Council of Science Museums, this four-floor museum is home to different exhibits retelling the close to the Pragati Maidan. The Mecca of science, the museum is a treasure trove of information for people interested in science and technology. One of the most visited museums in Delhi dedicated to science, the place is ideal to quench your thirst for science.

5. National Philatelic Museum

Address: Dak Bhavan, Sardar Patel Chowk, Sansad Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Entry fee: INR 60 (adults) – free entry to children
Opening time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Saturday & Sunday closed)

The National Philatelic Museum, operated by the Department of Post, was founded in 2011. Home to some of popular and ancient exhibits, including India’s first postage stamp issued in 1854, the place holds a special position for stamp enthusiasts. Divided into different categories, this museum houses the exhibits from different eras and genres.

6. National Gandhi Museum and Library

Address: Opp Raj Ghat, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110002
Entry fee: Free entry
Opening time: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (Monday closed)
National Gandhi Museum Delhi
National Gandhi Museum and Library

Established in the late 1960s, the museum is home to several exhibits associated with Mahatma Gandhi. The associated library contains reading materials, journals, and manuscripts either written by Mahatma or on him. Gallery houses some of the rare artifacts and paintings belonging to the national leader.    

7. Ghalib Museum and Library

Address: Plot No-168/1, next to Chausath Khamba, Nizamuddin West -110013
Entry fee: Free entry
Opening time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Sunday closed)

Dedicated to 18th century poet, Mirza Ghalib, the museum is located on the third floor of Ghalib Academy building. Some of the most interesting exhibits of the museum include letters written by the poet, or coins of the era. As one of the most visited museums in Delhi dedicated to the phenomenal Urdu poet, the museum is close the mausoleum of Ghalib.

★ Apart from these institutions, some of other popular museums of Delhi are:

•  Sanskriti Museums
•  National Agricultural Science Museum
•  Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
•  Tibet House Museum
•  National War Museum
•  Delhi Crafts Museum
•  Air Force Museum


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