( National Museum )
National Museum is one of India's most prestigious institutions.
The galleries of the museum follow a historical and chronological
sequence. The Indus Valley Gallery displays many antiquities excavated
from Mohenjodaro and Harappa, like terracotta toys, images and pots,
jewellery, seals, bronze and copper implements and sculpture. The
most outstanding object here is the lyrical bronze Dancing Girl.
National Museum also has a rich collection of sculpture. All the
major periods are represented here : Maurya, Sunga, Satavahana,
Gupta, Pallava, Chalukya, Pala and Sena. Also on view are sculpture
from Gandhara and Mathura. The Bronze Gallery has some superb pieces
from the Chola and Pallava period. Among these the Nataraja figure
of Shiva and the Kaliya Mardan Krishna are all time greats.
are a number of rare manuscripts and miniature paintings, textiles,
coins and tribal art. However, the museum's most significant gallery
is the one of Central Asian exhibits. Silk banners from Dunhuang,
wall paintings, sculpture and other objects collected by Sir Aurel
Stein between 1900 and 1916 capture the lifestyle and culture prevalent
along the ancient Silk Route that stretched between Europe and
Janpath, New Delhi
Timing: 10.00 am to 5.00
Closed on Mondays and government holidays.