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Top 10 Popular Museums in India

India is a charming country of rich architectural beauty, culture, traditions and historical past. Being ornamented with historical monuments, it has a majestic past of Mughals and British that speak of the history. In each destination of India, travelers can come across a museum that displays the magnificent past of the region. And no tour to India is complete without paying a visit to a museum of the city that reflects the culture and history of ancient India in a most beautiful way. There are many popular museums in India that unfold lots of unheard truth of a bygone era.

List of Top 10 Museums in India
  • National Museum Delhi
  • Indian Museum Kolkata
  • Government Museum Chennai
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum Mumbai
  • Shankar’s International Dolls Museum Delhi
  • Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad
  • National Rail Museum Delhi
  • Calico Museum Ahmedabad
  • Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Mumbai
  • Napier Museum Trivandrum

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National Museum Delhi

National Museum Delhi

One of the largest museums of India, National Museum has diverse articles from the magnificent ancient era. It was constructed in 1949 on the corner of Janpath in the lively city of Delhi. It is a best place to visit as one gets to know about the luxury coaches of trains, which were a long time back used by the great kings. It houses a variety of collections that include jewellery, paintings, armors, decorative arts and manuscripts. There is also a Buddhist section where one can find head of a Buddha statue, and Buddha Stupa having remnants of Gautam Buddha, constructed in 3rd century BCE by Sovereign Ashoka.

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Indian Museum Kolkata

Indian Museum Kolkata

Established in 1814 by Asiatic society of Bengal in Kolkata, Indian Museum has a unique collection of armors, skeletons, Mughal paintings and ornaments. It possesses six sections containing five galleries of creative and scientific work of arts that is archaeology, geology, economic beauty and art. Being one of the oldest museums in the globe, it is one of the most sought-after places of India that one must not give a miss on holidays in Kolkata.

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Government Museum Chennai

Government Museum Chennai

Also hailed as Madras Museum, Government Museum is positioned in Egmore, which is among the busiest spots of Chennai. It was established in 1851 and exhibits different varieties pertaining to geology, zoology and anthropology and botany. The museum has excellent sections showcasing the main south Indian times encompassing, Chaulkyas, Chola and Vijaynagar. There are separate sections for children also. Moreover, one can have a glimpse at the different collection of books from yesteryear at the well-stocked library.

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum Mumbai

Positioned in proximity to the Gateway of India, Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum Mumbai was erected in the starting of the 20th century. It comprises of three main sections such as the archaeology section, natural history section and art section. Each section shows a variety of work of arts dating back to Gupta and Chaulkyas era.

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Shankar’s International Dolls Museum Delhi

Shankar’s International Dolls Museum Delhi

Displaying the largest collection of dolls from wide and far in the beautiful city of Delhi, Shankar’s International Dolls Museum has two sections exhibiting more than 160 glass cases from New Zealand, Africa, India and Australia. Moreover, the collection of dolls has been divided into two sections; one section consists of the dolls gathered from New Zealand, UK, USA, commonwealth of independent states while the other one comprises of dolls gathered from Middle East, India, Asian countries and Africa. In addition to dolls displaying different countries, the visitors can also have a glimpse of various collections of costumes dolls, representing Indian dances and traditions, pairs of bride and groom etc.

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Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad

Salar Jung Museum Hyderabad

An art museum situated in the beautiful city of Hyderabad, Salar Jung Museum contains a collection of paintings, textiles, metallic artifacts, clocks and carvings from various countries like China, North America, Egypt, Nepal, Europe, Burma and India. It got acknowledged as an institution of National importance by the Indian Parliament. The museum remains open all day except for Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.

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National Rail Museum Delhi

National Rail Museum Delhi

The National Rail Museum has a great collection of more than 100 genuine size displays of Indian Railways. It is situated in Chanakyapuri over an area of 10 acres of land. There is a toy train that tenders ride of the site on daily basis. Some of the other collections put on sight are antique furnitures, working models, historical photographs, signalling tools and more. Except for Monday, the tourists can visit the museum from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

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Calico Museum Ahmedabad

Calico Museum Ahmedabad

One of the most admired tourist attractions in Ahmedabad city, Calico Museum was started by Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira Sarabhai in the year 1949. It has a mind-blowing collection of fabrics ranging from pre-historic cloth paintings to the gorgeous Indian fabrics; one will definitely be fascinated by the spectacular work of art displayed at the Calico Museum. The textiles that have been put on display were once used by the Mughal rulers of ancient times. And these are well taken care by the authorities.

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Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Mumbai

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Mumbai

An ancient museum that displays the decorative arts collection of 19th century, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum was opened for the public on May 2, 1872 and that time it was known as Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibits at this museum are gratifying and give a reflection of life in Mumbai in Nineteenth century. Some of the collections include historical photographs, clay models, maps and costumes.

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Napier Museum Trivandrum

Napier Museum Trivandrum

Constructed in the 19th century, Napier Museum is the oldest museum perched in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. It has got its name from Lord Napier, who was the Governor of Madras. It houses a great collection of historic artifacts such as the kathakali puppets models, musical instruments, Kerala chariots and bronze idols of gods and goddess. Paying a visit to the Napier Museum will give a glimpse of rich culture and history of Kerala.

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These aforementioned museums are worth visiting, reflecting the lovely history of India. Come and experience the real gems of this incredible country and take back beautiful memoirs that you will remember for the rest of the life. To plan your museums sightseeing holidays in India call us at +91-9212777223 or mail us at info@tourmyindia.com.

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Published: 03 Jun, 2021

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Vijayendra Thapliyal

Vijayendra Thapliyal is the name behind Tour My India, one of the leading tour operators in India. Besides being a successful businessman, he is also a typical travel junkie who loves to explore the treasures concealed in different corners of India. When he is not on road, he is active with a pen sharing travelling experiences with many like him. With a keen interest in India’s rich cultural legacy, he loves to capture memories in his lens.