Purana Qila or the Old Fort is believed to the oldest Fort in Delhi, dating back to Humayun and Sher Shah Suri. But a recent discovery has lead archaeologist to believe the fort existed long before Mughals came, dating back to 3rd Century BC, pre-Mauryan period. Delhi has been witness to many political shifts throughout the century, with different dynasty creating an impression of Delhi of their own. Delhi has got hundreds of museum, forts and monuments, narrating the tale of history. One such monument is the Old Fort near Pragati Maidan (Mathura road). The Fort has got numerous attractions and one such is the Purana Qila Museum. The museum traces the historical evolution of various kingdoms.
We all have read about the history of various dynasty and kingdoms that rules over Delhi but it is a bit hard to remember. This famous museum of Delhi solves that problem for us. The Purana Qila museum or the Archaeological Site Museum exhibits the history of the various dynasty. It’s not just the information but the way it is presented makes it easy to understand. Each and every dynasty and kingdom are mentioned with the names of rulers and their ruling period. The museum also exhibits remains of various dynasties. It’s not every day that you get to experience the history of more than 2 centuries, explained and stored in a single museum. The city is believed to be more than 5,000 years old, established by Pandavas as the city named, Indraprastha. Despite such a rich history, many facts and details have been lost over the passage of time. Not many people know the history of Delhi pre-Mughal. This place is the ideal place if you want to learn about the history of the city. The Gupta Dynasty, Maurya Dynasty are some of the oldest dynasties to rule the city and you can know all about them in this museum. One of the most popular museums in Delhi, you can also visit the nearby Fort and Zoo.
Major Highlights of the Museum
- Tools of prehistoric time dating back to the Sunga Dynasty (200 BC- 100 Bc)
- Tools and remains of Mauryan Era
- Pictorial representation of all the kingdoms of Delhi
- Remains and artefacts of various prehistoric kingdoms.
Open all days except Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.
The entry fee is INR 5
Purana Qila, Mathura Road, New Delhi
How to Reach
The nearest metro station is Pragati Maidan on Blue Line. You can interchange for Blue line at Rajiv Chowk (Yellow Line), Mandi House (Violet Line), Rajouri Garden (Pink Line) and Janakpuri West (Magenta Line).