The National museum can be considered as the living chronicle of the Indian History and heritage. This museum was the brainchild of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. He himself laid the foundation stone of this museum in the year 1955 but sadly, passed away before it was opened for the public in the year 1965. Since then, the National museum has worked for the cause of preserving the relics of Indian history.
The National Museum has a very impressive collection of copper and
bronze statuettes, terracotta sculptures, jewelries, costumes and other
commodities that give an in-depth peek into Indian heritage and way of
life. The collection consists of rare coins, costumes, potteries,
manuscript and weapons of Mauryan Empire dating back to 3rd century B.C.
Besides it has an excellent collection of the exhibits from Chola,
Vijayanagar and Bahmani kingdom in south India. Special attention has
been given to the tribal lifestyle too, which are the integral part of
the Indian culture and heritage. It has a remarkable collection of
miniatures, murals, costumes and weaponry system of the various tribes
including now extinct Gondwana tribes. It will present you a different
facet, of the human evolution in Asia.
The National museum has a special gallery dedicated to he Indus Valley
Civilization. It contains various things that were excavated from
Harappa and Moen-Jodaro. It includes among other things, seals and
tablets excavated from Harappa. These things along with the town plan of
the city tell us about a civilization that was more developed and
urbanized than the Vedic civilization that followed it. The sculpture of
The Dancing Girl excavated from the ruins of Moen-Jodaro is an exclusive
item worth watching. It dates back to 2,500 BC. The National museum is
not restricted to the ancient period only.
The Mughal period paintings and Arabian manuscripts are some of the
prized possessions of this museum. The silk banners, sculpture,
manuscript and wall paintings of the medieval period will help you in
building an insight of that era. It has also in its procession, Sir
Aurel Stein's collection in the Central Asian gallery. These items from
the excavation site in Tashkent, Oxynia and Herat are worth seeing too.
The other exclusive items include the original copy of Git Gobinda, a
sixth century Mahabharata and a Bhagawat Gita in golden alphabet. From
the medieval era it has an Octagonal Quran, the original copy of
Babarnama, Jahangir's diary as well as musical instruments invented by
|Location||New Delhi, near India Gate|
|How to Reach||Take an auto or cab or disembark at Central Secretariat Metro station|
|Attractions||Idols, Ruins and miniatures|
|Timing||10A.M. to 5 P.M except Monday|