Museums of Delhi


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. Also on view are paintings, textiles and costumes. One section concentrates on relics of the 1857 war (First War of Independence) like maps and weapons.

Location: Red Fort, Old Delhi.
Timing: 9 am- 5 pm Daily
Closed : Government Holidays. Attractions: Paintings, Textiles, Costumes.


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.

Location: Bhairon Road, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Timing: July to September : 0930 am- 5 pm; October to June : 0930 am to 0600 pm Daily
Closed: Monday and National Holidays.
Attractions: Indian Crafts, Wooden Carvings, Metalware, Paintings.


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 'ahinsa' (non-violence).

Location: Opposite Raj Ghat, Ring Road, Delhi.
Timing: 10.00am To 5:30 pm
Closed: Monday
Attractions: Personal Belongings Of Gandhiji.


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 comtempory poets.

Location: Ghalib Academy, Hazrat Nizamuddin(West), New Delhi
Timing: 11.00am To 6:00 pm
Closed : Sunday
Attractions: Famous Poet Mirza Ghalib, display a statue, photograph, books & documents.


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.

Location: Red Fort (Naubat Khana Building), New Delhi
Timing: 10.00 am To 5:00 pm
Closed: Friday
Attractions: Arms, Weapons


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.

Location: No. 5, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, New Delhi.
Attractions: Collection of threatre crafts from all over the country.


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.

Location: Jaipur House, India Gate, Near Delhi High Court, New Delhi
Timing: 10:00am To 5:00 pm
Closed: Monday
Attractions: Vast collection of books.


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.

Location: Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Timing: April-Sep. 9.30 am to 7.00 pm , Oct- Mar. 9:30 am to 5 pm.
Closed : Monday Attractions: Collection Of Locomotives And Carriages

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.


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.

Location: Teen Murti Bhavan, Teen Murti Marg, New Delhi
Spl. School Programmes: 9:30 am to 10:30 pm.
Additional shows on Sundays and holidays in Hindi: 10:30 am to 3:00 pm.
Hindi Shows: 10 am to 5 pm.
Attractions: Newspaper Clippings And Photographs From The Independence Movement.


Location: Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla, New Delhi - 110 0020
Timing: 10.00am To 4.30pm
Closed: Friday
Attractions: A Collection Of photographs, souvenirs & memorabilia, acquired during Dr. Zakir Hussain's term as President of India. An Exhibition of photographs, souvenirs & memorabilia, acquired during Dr. Zakir Hussain's term as President of India.
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