National Museum

The National Museum is a splendid collection of the historical, cultural, and artistic heritage of India. It is an essence of our national identity and has some rare relics that are worth a look. Here we take you through a detailed tour of the National Museum and help you plan your trip perfectly with information on how to reach, the official timings as well as nearby places to visit.

How To Reach The National Museum

The museum is located at the junction of Janpath and Maulana Azad Road. The National Museum can be reached by metro train, bus, taxi, and auto.

Address: National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi – 110011

Nearest Bus Station: National Museum Bus stop and Nirman Bhawan Bus Stop

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan

Public transport like auto and taxis are conveniently available from all the points of the city which will directly take you to the site.

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The museum is open from 10:00 am in the morning to 6:00 PM in the evening on all days except Monday and gazetted holidays. The duration of the visit may range from 2 hours to 3 hours.

The National Museum also encourages people with special needs to visit the museum. A tour can be arranged through a prior booking by sending an email to, at least 48 hours before a scheduled visit.

Entry Ticket

Indian Adult: Rs.20/-
Foreigners: Rs.650/- (Including audio guide)

The entry for Students up to class 12 is free. To avail the facility, they need to show their school ID cards. No extra fee is levied for camera and photos can be taken with permission. Videography, however, is not allowed.

History Of The National Museum

The National Museum, New Delhi has an interesting dose of history attached to it. The Royal Academy, London in cooperation with Government of India and Britain organized an exhibition of Indian art. This exhibition was displayed at the Burlington House, London during 1947-48. It was also decided to display the same in Delhi before the exhibits were returned to respective museums. This display was planned in the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi in 1949. The exhibit attracted immense attention and its success led to the idea that this collection should be expanded and permanently displayed in Delhi.

Various museums and state governments, as well as private donors who had contributed to the original artifacts, were requested to gift or loan the same and the response was quite encouraging. The National Museum was inaugurated on August 15, 1949, by Shri R.C. Rajagopalachari, the then Governor-General of India. Later, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation of the present building on May 12, 1955.

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Tour Of The National Museum

The National Museum is the largest museum in Delhi and is a treat for history enthusiasts and art lovers alike. This is a two story building. One will find ancient archaeology, sculptures, arms, jewelry, ancient manuscripts, and scores of other collections from various eras of Indian history. On the ground floor, you will see the auditorium, display of arts of different dynasties, miniature paintings, and more. On the first floor, the central Asian antiquities, maritime heritage, Ajanta paintings, and coins take the pride of place. On the second or top floor are located the galleries displaying costumes, textiles, wood carving, arms and armor, musical instruments, and much more.

Besides the galleries, there is also an auditorium which can accommodate more than 250 people. Several films on art and history are shown there. An audio tour facility is also available in the museum in five different languages – Hindi, English, German, French, and Japanese. Path Pradarshak, which is a volunteer-led guided tour of the museum’s highlights is also available and lasts for about 90 minutes.

Nearby Places To Visit

After witnessing the rich cultural heritage of India, you can explore nearby areas like:

  • India Gate: An important landmark, India Gate, is within 1 km from the National Museum.
  • Rajpath: It is just 1 km from the museum, and perfect for a walk on the open tree lined avenues. Do not forget to pay your obeisance to the Father of the nation.
  • Gurudwara Bangla Saheb: For a spiritual experience a visit to Bangla Saheb, 2 km away, is a must.
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan: The grandeur and beauty of this monument will make your eyes go wide. It is only 1.5 km from the National Museum.

National Museum, Delhi is among the largest museums in India and is a treasure trove of history. Its a must visit for a walk through the rich heritage of our country.

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