Speciality Museums in New Delhi

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Speciality Museums in New Delhi

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  • Aaron Shelby
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates190 contributions
    While on a school trip, our students visited the Gandhi Smriti Museum to learn more about Gandhi's life and final months in India. The museum is very detailed and well curated. The grounds are well kept too. Make sure you visit this museum to learn more about Gandhi's life when you are visiting Delhi.
    Written 22 November 2023
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  • Paris
    Copenhagen, Denmark46 contributions
    I thought I knew about Gandhi but this place is so full of interesting facts. A real eye opener into the life of one of the most important people to be blessed upon this earth. His life should stand as an example of what we all should strive for. 10/10
    Written 1 March 2023
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  • Yash Kirtane
    New York21 contributions
    Part of this museum is located in a stunning venue the Jaisalmer House!
    The rest of the museum is in a building that seems to need sprucing up!
    The art works themselves are outstanding but once again need better lighting/ display etc.
    For a world class art collection more thought to be given to the overall esthetics.
    Written 24 February 2023
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  • Harsh
    1 contribution
    Overall good place for kids to gain knowlage. Toy train is there for fun. Neet and clean washroom. Large area for explore. Out side food allow in museum. Canteen available but food is not ok. We ordered fried rice with manchurian and paneer dosa both were below quality. Rice was uncooked, lots of oil in dosa. My suggestion keep your food with self or eat from out side
    Written 5 March 2023
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  • aditya s
    6 contributions
    It has a small museum with space suit and sarellite model. History of space explorqtuon8 to tickle young minds. 3D show is reasonably good experience.

    TIPS
    book tickets online.
    Reach half an hour beforehand and not much in advance since there is not much to do apart from show.

    PM sangrahalaya museum is just besides planetarium. Plan your day such that you can do both on same day if possible.
    Written 26 May 2023
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  • solotravellershabana
    Pune, India43 contributions
    Shankar's International Dolls Museum is a charming and diverse collection of dolls from around the world. It offers a fascinating glimpse into different cultures and traditions through beautifully crafted figurines. A must-visit for anyone interested in global heritage and art.
    Written 3 November 2023
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  • Madhulika L
    Noida, India4,628 contributions
    The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is part of the organization's institute of sanitation. Surrounded by green gardens (it's very fertile, and you can guess why - these plants get some of the best manure in town!), the museum is free for visitors. You can visit any day of the week; they're open most days from 10 to 6, on Sundays and other holidays from 10 to 5.

    There are two parts to the museum: an outdoor area and an indoor one. The outdoor one is devoted to Sulabh's work of setting up cheap, eco-friendly toilets that are accessible to all. Under an outdoor covered stretch, there are lots of different models of toilets, for different capacities, and showing the working of different types of cess pits, and so on. In the adjoining gardens, there are three statues symbolizing the work of Sulabh: of Gandhiji, Dr Ambedkar, and Dalit woman.

    The most informative part of the museum is indoors, where, across one medium-sized room, there is crammed tons of information about toilets, hygiene and sanitation, and related aspects. There are framed sections of abundant text about everything from historical toilets (in Harappa, Babylon, Rome, medieval Europe, the forts of India, etc) to toilet etiquette in ancient India, to the norms about peeing and pooping in public, disposal of waste, and so on. There are astounding (and hilarious) anecdotes; inventions and innovations through the ages; toilet humour; crazy news (one about a gem-encrusted toilet seat Jennifer Lopez used to lug around as her own private porta-potty); and much, much more. There are models, of discreetly concealed old commodes, disguised as grand chairs or stacks of leather-bound books; of various types of toilets and disposal systems. There are even actual commodes, such as an incinerator, a tent-compatible toilet, a porta-potty, and so on.

    The text is well-written, the exhibits carefully curated and very informative. The problem is that it's not very thoughtfully arranged; most of the text is in the form of framed sections, the paper all yellowed, the images faded. Sometimes the text is hung too high to be easily visible, and some of it is just too much text, without much relief.

    But, despite those drawbacks, still an amazingly interesting museum. To understand the entire history of toilets and sanitation around the world, this is the place to come.
    Written 1 June 2022
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  • SAROJ8585
    Bokaro Steel City, India1,500 contributions
    The indian air force museum is located at the Palam air force station.It stores the rich history of Indian air force.In this museum photographs of brave officers are displayed .many war aircrafts are also kept here.
    Written 4 June 2020
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  • Traveler28450266013
    1 contribution
    This museum is having various illustrations to teach kids, a good source of kids education nd entertainment only 690 Rs per person
    Written 26 October 2023
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  • Sonja L
    New Delhi, India12 contributions
    Had a great time at the EXPO, a must see
    They have a beautiful garden. And inside was very quiet. A monk gave me the holy book as a gift and I really enjoyed the light-show. I was a woman on my own and I was the only one to see the light show, but a security lady escorted me, i was very happy.
    Written 27 November 2019
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  • Basho
    London, UK4 contributions
    I was interested by a large golden case in one corner. It was holding a glass display cabinet in the centre about head height. As I drew closer I could see that this was in the Thai style of design and amazingly intricate. Hundreds of what looked like Deva sat at the foot of the case, wrapped around the sides and carved into respectful attitudes. Atop them, flanked by four golden pillars, was a simple, and not particularly clean, display cabinet. Inside were some bone looking relics sat on a red cushion stand. Separating us from the case was a simple plastic wall, but I remember feeling that I was really close to it and leaned in to see as close as possible. Hmm, I thought, what’s this? I leaned back and looked at the plaque.

    “Holy Relics of Lord Buddha”







    I have thought long and hard about how to describe what went through my mind at that moment, but in the end I think the above ellipses are the only thing I can say.

    In Thailand there are temples of enormous size, prodigious aspect and mightily special prominence that house a single statue of this man.

    In Singapore there is a temple 6 stories high built to house 3000 golden carved likenesses of this man.

    In Laos there are thousands of people who dedicate their life so much to studying this man’s way that they have no time to feed themselves and have to beg food off the towns-people, who dutifully line up every day to hand out the provisions.

    In China, a particular carving of this man is forty-foot high.

    In Japan, wooden temples to this man’s way are so large that you would need serious rock climbing gear to scale them.

    In Sri Lanka a tooth from this man is so holy that thousands congregate daily at the temple housing it in a continuous ever-moving horde.

    However, in India – the home of his birth – they just plonk his remains in a glass case.



    My brain unfroze.
    Written 30 March 2022
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  • Madhulika L
    Noida, India4,628 contributions
    The Rashtrapati Bhawan Museum is located in what were once the stables and the garage of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The entrance is located opposite the Talkatora Stadium, so it’s advisable to park at the Talkatora Stadium parking lot on Mother Teresa Crescent and then cross the road to enter the Rashtrapati Bhawan grounds through Gate #30. Note that you have to book your tickets in advance, online at the Rashtrapati Bhawan website. Tickets are issued in slots that last for two hours, and cost Rs 50 per adult Indian. You have to carry photo identity cards (Aadhaar), and while a phone is allowed, you can’t take in cameras. Bags or other large items - including umbrellas - must be deposited at the locker room at the museum reception.

    When you enter the Rashtrapati Bhawan grounds, you’ll be issued a pass that you have to retain through the duration of your trip, and return once you’re leaving. After the security check at the gate, walk straight down the path, past the Clock Tower/Ghanta Ghar, and on to the museum. Here you can either go around the museum on your own, or if there’s a large enough group, a docent from the museum will take you on a guided tour (for free).

    The museum spreads across two buildings. The one on your left as you come from the main gate is the main one: this has three floors (two floors in the basement). On the ground floor are the exhibits ranging from Lutyens and Baker’s designs for the presidential palace they built; furniture designed by Lutyens; lots of gifts received by presidents as well as personal belongings of presidents. There are dioramas depicting the freedom movement; photos and copies of documents (including the constitution), etc. On the lower floors are a fascinating exhibition of the Rashtrapati Bhawan’s kitchens of yore, including lots of old crockery, glassware, silverware, and cookware. There is plenty of art too, encompassing both beautiful full-length portraits of viceroys, as well as paintings by famous Indian artists.

    In the other wing of the museum (across the narrow road that separates the two) are more memorabilia, mostly artworks as well as gifts received by various presidents.

    This is a superb museum. The collection is fascinating, as well as well-maintained. Well worth a visit.
    Written 1 September 2022
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  • Tarique S
    New Delhi, India535 contributions
    If there is any place for philatelists to savour the experience of Postal Stamps Collection, then it surely is either a museum or an exhibition. National Philatelic Museum is one such place which caters, a relishing experience, not only to philatelists but to non-collectors as well.

    Located on Sansad Marg, opposite to Gate No 3 of Patel Chowk Metro Station, inside the Dak Bhawan, this amazing museum should be on the bucket list of all the stamp collectors. Behind the humble entrance of the museum, lies a collection of some of the most beautiful and rarest of the rare postal stamps, ever printed by Indian Postal Department.

    As you walk through the gallery of this beautiful museum you will find that the collections has been fittingly curated into distinct categories. Indian aviation, space technology, art and culture, flora and fauna, eminent personalities, historical monuments are few to mention. There is a section which meticulously displays the Indian Postal Stamps in chronological order from 1948 to till date. Handpicked foreign postal stamps are also on display at this museum.

    There is also a souvenir shop inside the museum, where you can purchase recently printed Indian Postal Stamps and other philately related stuffs (payment can be done only through cash).

    The museum also has a projector with sitting arrangements where the department people, with the help of educational videos, imparts knowledge about postal stamps and its printing procedure (displayed only during group visit).

    I personally believe that this museum should be visited by people of all age group. It is informative, relishing, fun and a perfect delight to see those beautiful little piece of paper with lots of stories behind it.

    Important Infos:
    1. Museum can be reached by metro (yellow Line). It is just opposite to Patel Chowk Gate No 3 exit.
    2. There is a big paid parking space behind the metro station. Parking would cost INR 30 for 3 hours.
    3. There is no entry fee for Museum. You just need to enter your name in the register, kept at the entrance.
    4. The Museum opens at 10 am and closes at 5 pm.
    5. This Museum is quite close to Connaught Place (another popular place in Delhi).
    Written 2 January 2020
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  • Cedric N
    Mumbai, India600 contributions
    Had visited this crafts museum in New Delhi a long back ago. This museum is a popular tourist attraction and is visited by tourists.

    This museum located at the corner of Pragati Maidan. It is commonly known as National Crafts Museum. This museum houses a village showcasing wooden artifacts, embroidery, artificial jewelry, handicrafts etc. It also has an auditorium, a laboratory, research and documentation facilities etc. This museum is run by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. There are various galleries within the museum. It is open from 9.30 am to 5 pm. This museum is closed on Mondays. It is accessible from Pragati Maidan metro railway station. Had admired the different types of handicrafts and observed the Craftsmen creating the beautiful handicrafts as a school going child.

    This museum is an ideal place for families as well as school children. It is a must visit place and should not be missed when in New Delhi.
    Written 10 January 2020
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  • Madhulika L
    Noida, India4,628 contributions
    One of the Delhi Metro’s important stations (also one of its earliest stations to be opened) is the one at Patel Chowk. Here, above the platforms but within the station’s premises, is the Metro Museum, a small two-gallery museum that focuses on the work of the Delhi Metro.

    The museum includes a set of models of different trains used by the Metro; it also has a model (along with a detailed description of how it works) of a tunnel-boring machine, as well as a cross-section of a machine. There are full-size mannequins sporting the different uniforms worn by DMRC’s workers, a tool kit used for maintenance, and the different types of helmets worn. There is a history of the DMRC and the phases in which work has been carried out to take the NCR’s Metro network to where it is now.

    For me, one of the most interesting bits about the museum was a section on ‘interesting facts about the Delhi Metro’: how many escalators across the network (1,000), the deepest station (Hauz Khas, 30 mt), the highest point (Dhaula Kuan, as tall as a 7-storey building), tallest escalator in India (Janakpuri West), how many times the Metro’s train doors open and close in a day (25 lakh), and so on. This was really fascinating and impressive.

    There’s no entrance fee for the Museum, which is basically just a series of exhibits on either side of the passage leading to the exit gates. However, since it is within the area between the exit gates and the platforms, you do need to have a smart card or token in order to view it.
    Written 30 November 2019
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