Nurturing the essence of Tibet in its many forms is the Tibet House Museum in Delhi. Serving as a major part of the Tibet House which was established by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the year 1965, the museum showcases the History, Arts, Culture, Heritage and Traditional attributes of Tibet. Coming along the lines of the Tibetan culture, the museum houses the relics and artefacts that belonged to the Tibetan refugees who gave it as a token of love to His Holiness Dalai Lama. Some of the objects put on exhibit here are bestowed by the Tibetan Communities taking place in India as a gift to the H. H. Dalai Lama.
The major reason that goes into the running of this museum is to make the past and present of Tibetan culture come together. It is a way to showcase the rich heritage of Tibet to the youth who is interested in knowing the deep insights about it. And it’s not just the youth who are deeply influenced by the exhibition, as avid travellers from around the globe visit the museum to know more about the history, arts, and tradition of Tibet. Invaluable like copper statues, gilded bronze, sandalwood, paintings, figurines of Lord Buddha, wooden sculptures graced with colours, ancient carpets, Tibetan ritual objects, household accessories and more are put on the showcase. Apart from the museum, there is a library and resource centre in the 5 story setup of the Tibet House. There are more than 1500 books in English, 3000 Tibetan books, manuscripts all of which sing tales of the culture of Tibet and Buddhism. All of these are collected in the library to share with readers, scholars, and researchers the impact of the Tibetans from that time till now. The museum also hosts seminars on music, folk dance, lectures on Padmapani and the ancient Dharma Texts and a number of workshops based on the interest of the people who come to visit the museum often.
Major Highlights of the Museum
- It is said that some of the artefacts were put on sale for collectors across the globe even after putting in rigorous efforts for preservation.
- Over 200 Thangka painting rolls of Buddha from the monasteries in Tibet are present in the museum.
- Old currency notes are also put on display.
- Tibet House is also home to a library and resource centre, bookshop, conference hall, and gallery.
- Travellers can buy goods like jewellery, clothes, handicrafts, and medicines from the souvenir shop that is set up close to the museum.
Monday to Friday- 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Closed on Saturday & Sunday
Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
How to Reach
Khan Market on Violet line serves as the closest metro station to Tibet House Museum. The metro station is 1.5km away from the museum.