India has a glorious past, one that is the among the most exemplary in the world. From the trade practices to British era to freedom struggle to the formation of the constitution; fables and tales associated with Indian history have all the elements that can keep us fascinated. Though there are many attractions in Delhi that can give you fleeting glimpses of the interesting past but if there is one place where glorious heritages come together then it has to be at Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex [RBMC].
Located in the old garage space of Rashtrapati Bhawan, Rashtrapati Bhawan Museum has finally opened its gate for visitors on 2nd October 2016. A small section of the museum was opened a year ago. Spread over an area of 10,000 square meters, makers of the museum has put on use superior technology to display the various aspects of Rashtrapati Bhawan. In this one of its kind museum in India, you will not find artifacts displayed randomly but in a particular order that will tell a story related to the major event happened in the history of India.
Displaying the memorabilias of the freedom struggle, the ground floor of the museum is a must tour. In this section of the museum, you will find vehicles that have been used by the president of India. Scale model of Rashtrapati Bhawan; silicon sculpture of the important architects associated with its construction; a special art gallery. and montage displays through interactive multi-media techniques are the key highlights of the ground floor.
A walk through the upper basement of the museum will give you information about the former presidents of India. Gifts offered by various countries to the presidents; three-dimensional holographs of former Presidents speaking to the visitors, and virtual reality room are expecting to lure the visitors the most.
In the lower basement section of the museum, several paintings of British kings and queens are well-displayed. Besides, there is a 3D theater and a seven screen projection that narrate the history of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Highlights of Museum:
India’s first underground museum- Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex [RBMC] offers a perfect window to president’s iconic home. Through its rare collection of relics, the museum wishes to the showcase the exciting history of presidents of India, along with a range of vestiges reflecting upon the history of India’s freedom struggle. And generate awareness among the public about the way the office of the president functions. Visitors can see the replica of the president’s study through a huge television; visit the huge art gallery that features more than 2,000 artifacts that depict the glorious past of Rashtrapati Bhavan; and get themselves clicked at the President’s study. Also on display are various tableaus depicting bloody rampage at Jallianwala Bagh; Swadeshi movement; and Dandi March. Make a point to visit the virtual reality room, where you will get an opportunity to walk alongside Mahatma Gandhi out of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. For the music lovers, there is a digital center with a collection of music in the different languages of India. The collection displayed in the museum also includes rare photographs of presidents house; gifts received by the presidents from all around the globe and also vehicles driven by the presidents over the years.
With so many things to see, the museum is a must -visit on a trip to Delhi, especially for art and culture lovers.
See below for further instructions:
Visiting Hours and Days: 09:00 AM to 04:00 AM, Closed on Monday & Gazetted Holidays
Entry fee: Rs 50/ Visitor **Guests below the age of 8 years will be exempt from the payment of registration charges.
Instructions for Visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex [RBMC]
1- Visitors can enter the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex [RBMC] from Gate No. 30 on Mother Teresa Crescent Road
2- All the guest will be required to present a valid, government-issued photo identification. Foreign nationals must represent their passport.
3- Request to visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex [RBMC] can be done online. All what you to do is follow the link – ‘presidentofindia.nic.in’.
4. For any queries and assistance to the visit, please contact the Visitors’ Management Cell: Tel No. :011-23013287, 23015321 Extn.4662; Fax No. 011-23015246; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to reach Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex [RBMC]:
To reach the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex, you can either travel by metro or hire a cab. If planning to visit by metro then de-board at Central Secretariat Metro Station (yellow line).