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National Museum of India, Delhi

National Museum of India, located on Janpath, Rajpath Road in the capital, Delhi, was built in 1949 under the initiative of Indian Prime Minister Nehru. The Indian National Museum in New Delhi is the largest and most important museum in India. It is also one of the top 20 important museums in the world.

What to See inside National Museum of India

The National Museum of India originally had only 1,000 art exhibits and now has 200,000. The museum contains a variety of precious historical relics from different parts and periods of India ranging from the third century BC to the present, covering 5,000 years of India's cultural heritage, including ancient Indian bronze, pottery, Buddha statues, weapons, fabrics, silverware, paintings, carvings and other artworks. And also contains a lot of foreign cultural artifacts, including more than 200 Chinese Dunhuang murals, which were taken from Dunhuang, China, to India by the British Mars Ori Stan in 1900-1916, with high visiting value and research value.

Guided tours are available in National Museum of India. There are three video shows every day, and a variety of themed exhibitions are held from time to time. As one of the four ancient civilizations in the world, this national museum of India contains a wide range of exhibits that will satisfy visitors who love cultural relics and monuments.

Art Exhibits in National Museum
Ancient Indian Statue
Painting in National Museum of India
Priceless Painting

Layout of National Museum of India

National Museum of India is a three-storey building with white colonnades, situated on the edge of Janpath Street. On either side of the wall surrounded by iron railings are the cloisters of ancient stone carvings, leading visitors into the booths representing the different times of ancient India. On the second and third floors of the museum, it displays the famous fine paintings of ancient India, ancient national and religious costumes, daily necessities, national musical instruments, and so on. The museum's collection sits into ten categories: prehistoric archaeology, sculpture and ancient coins, transcripts, inscriptions, fine paintings, weapons, decorative arts, anthropology, pre-Columbian art, Western art and Central Asian art.

Indian National Museum, Delhi

Visit Tip

Visitors are charged additionally if you want to take pictures in the National Museum of India and photos must be licensed for using.


1. Take subway of yellow line and get off at Udyog Bhawan station, then walk west or take Tutu to get there.

2. Take subway of yellow line to Central Secretariat station, then walk north of 10-minute walk.

Entry Fee
Rs 650 for foreigners, including audio guide
10:00-18:00. It is closed on Mondays
Recommended Time for a Visit
1-3 hours

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