Delhi is a perfect blend of mix culture and traditions of the old and modern India. Just like the old historical monuments and other heritage buildings, even the museums in Delhi attract people of different age groups from around the world and influence them to add those captivating museums in their itinerary while planning a visit in the capital state of India. The museum in Delhi represents the rich heritage of the state.
Given below is the list of all fascinating museums in Delhi that must be visited in order to have an incredible experience.
Air Force Museum Situated at the Palam Air Force Station in Delhi, the Indian Air Force Museum displays a huge collection of aeroplanes and armoury reflecting the Indian Air force history. It showcases the great achievements of the Indian Air Force along with the best of what it has stood for in the war and peace.
This museum of the Indian Air Force is worth visiting for children, tourists and aviation enthusiasts. It offers an enriching experience along with the in-depth information from the early days when Indian aviators flew for the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War to the Kargil Operations.
Address: Palam, Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi-110010
Timing: 10.00am to 5.00pm
Closed: Monday, Tuesday and Public Holidays
Red Fort Archaeological Museum Located inside the Mumtaz Mahal of the historic Red Fort in Delhi, The Red Fort Archaeological Museum is mainly dedicated to Bahadur Shah Zafar, India's last Mughal King. It showcases various impressive objects dating back from the Mughal period. It contains artifacts, calligraphy, paintings, textiles, costumes and other such objects that date to the Mughal era.
The museum exhibits the leftovers like weapons and map of the 1857 war (First War of Independence). The silk robes decorated with pearls, the sliver made King's smoking pipe, also known as Hookah, decorative blue tiles from the 13th century and fascinating 19th century textiles are some of the major highlights of the museum that grab the attention of visitors from around the world. Visiting this museum is an ideal option for all history buffs and tourists interested in exploring the pre-independence history of India.
Address: Red Fort, Old Delhi
Timing: 9 AM - 5 PM Daily
Closed: Public Holidays
National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum The National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum well known as the National Crafts Museum in Delhi is one of the largest crafts museums in India. It functions under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.
The Crafts Museum complex is an attractive retreat located in the middle of the chaos of Delhi. It comprises of mud huts with thatched roofs, painted walls and courtyards, craftsmen at work, etc. These are some of the aspects that add to the rural appearance of the place. This is a museum of traditional Indian crafts, folk and tribal paintings, metalware, clay and terracotta pots, wooden carvings and images, toys and images, textiles and jewellery. It is worth exploring for all the art and handicraft lovers.
Address: Bhairon Road, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi - 110001.
Timing: 9:30 AM - 5 PM (July to September) & 0930 AM to 0600 PM (October to June)
Closed: Monday and Public Holidays
Shankar's International Dolls Museum Accommodating in the building of the Children's Book Trust in Delhi, Shankar's International Dolls Museum was set up by the famous political cartoonist, K. Shankar Pillai (1902 - 1989). It has one of the largest and impressive collections of costume dolls that grab attention of people of all groups. The museum is worth visiting for children and all those who want to recall their childhood fantasy life. It has over 6,500 dolls from almost eighty-five countries of the globe, which aid in giving the museum an international personality.
Walk across 160 glass cases to see stunning handcrafted dolls from India and abroad. All the dolls displayed at the museum are made after meticulous research comprising of the jewellery, dress and physical aspects of individual characters.
Address: Nehru House, 4, Bahadur shah Zafar Marg, N. Delhi,
Timing: 10:00 am to 5.30 pm
Closed: Monday and Public Holidays
National Police Museum Established in the year 1991, the National Police Museum showcase the items associated with police working, criminals and crimes from ancient to modern times. Collected from State Police Forces, Central Police Forces of India and of Foreign Countries, the displayed items include weapons, images, forged documents, counterfeiter equipment and various other accessories.
The National Police Museum put light on the abilities of the police organizations and the methods used by them to solve complex crime related cases and arrest criminals. Further, it also exhibits all the modern and old technologies adopted by Forensic Science Laboratories, Police Forces across the globe and Finger Print Bureau of Centre and States.
Address: Block No. 4, CGO complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi
Timing: 10.00am To 5:00 pm
Closed: Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays
National Science Centre Museum Established in 1992 in Delhi, The National Science Centre is a science museum and a part of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), which is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India. Since inception, the Centre has given yeoman service to add to the popularization of science and its contribution in creating the modern world.
The National Science Centre is an impressive educational institute that is involved in educating people about the great wonders of science. It exhibits the history of architecture and houses working science exhibition. Inside the centre, there are different sections for people of all age groups along with the number of hands-on displays explaining various physics laws. The Cyberlkool of the museum is the first fun-packed multimedia centre in the country. Spending a day in the museum will leave you with a lifetime experience.
Address: Bhairon Marg, near Pragati Maidan Gate No. 1, New Delhi
Timing: 10:00 AM to 5.00 PM
Closed: Holi and Diwali
National Rail Museum The National Rail Museum in Delhi represents India's rail heritage. Opened in 1977, this unique museum has both outdoor and indoor exhibits. It is set up with an objective of proving information about the history of the railways of India. This museum has a charming and exclusive collection of over 100 real size displays of Indian Railways.
Inside the museum, many working and static rail models, antique furniture, signaling equipments, historical information, photographs and other related literature are displayed. Further, a model of the very first train of India, a steam engine which made its journey from Mumbai to Thane in 1853, is the major attraction of the museum that spellbound almost everyone. A ride in joy train and monorail (PSMT) is the best thing to experience in the museum. It is a must watch museum for rail buffs.
Address: Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Timing: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Closed: Monday and Public Holidays