National Museum, New Delhi

Buddha and the six monks

This fragment of a wall painting is from a stupa in Miran, Xinjiang in northwestern China, from the Han dynasty of the 3rd-4th century C.E. It depicts Buddha with six other monks..

National Museum, New Delhi

Holy Trinity

A Horizontal panel depicting the holy trinity or the 'trimurti' consisting of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva- The creator, preserver and destroyer (respectively)

National Museum, New Delhi

Small Bird

A minuscule bird carved out of carnelian stone. An exquisite piece of art with metallic balls and a chain attached to it.

National Museum, New Delhi

Plaque

An arch shaped plaque with floral design on Jade, inlayed with several stones and gold wire.

National Museum, New Delhi

Illustrated Palm Leaf

An illustrated palm leaf with text in Sanskrit Language.

National Museum, New Delhi

Muzzle loading Gun

Gun with a muzzle loading rod attached to it. The barrel is tightened to the wooden butt

National Museum, New Delhi

An exquisite experience at the Alamkara Gallery

Walk through the remnants of history as you walk through the Alamkara gallery at the National Museum.

National Museum, New Delhi

Toy Cart

A toy cart indexing life's actual mode, as it was during the Indus civilisation. It is highly simplified, consists of two wheels with hubs, these are perfectly rounded, a trolley shaped like a bowl with a rectangular frame.

Paintings, Miniatures, art, Regional art.

Painting

Explore the spellbinding collection at the Painting Gallery, National Museum

About The Museum

About The Museum

The National Museum, New Delhi, as we see it today, has an interesting beginning. The blueprint for establishing the National Museum in Delhi was prepared by the Maurice Gwyer Committee in May 1946.

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Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit
 
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Location

Janpath, New Delhi - 110011

Timings

Tue-Fri (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM),
Sat & Sun (10:00 AM to 8:00 PM)
(Closed on Mondays and National Holidays)

Entry Fee

Adults- Rs. 20
Foreign Nationals- Rs. 650 (including Audio Guide).
Students upto class 12th- Free entry (with I-cards).

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Shri Raghvendra Singh

A Note from Chief Executive Officer


Shri Raghvendra Singh
National Museum, the prime cultural organization of India, was inaugurated on 15th August 1949 at President House and moved to its permanent location at Janpath on 18th December 1960...

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Parrot Head Hilt

Object of the Month
Jesus on Cross

Arms belonging to the emperors and person of high status in the court are usually found to have been worked out with decorative details and were not usually made to the used in combat. While attending a court, king and the courtiers of high status used to carry such decorated arm...

Mughal: 18th Century CE
Jade, semi-precious stones and gold
Size: (Ht.) 12.8 cm

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Collections

Pre-historic Archaeology Collection

Beyond the banks of Indus and Saraswati rivers, there was a civilization which flourished, it was known as The Indus Valley civilization. It was also popularly known as The Indus – Saraswati valley or Harappa Civilization. This Bronze Age civilization is supposed to be one of the oldest civilizations of India subcontinent. During 20th and 21st centuries excavation of...

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Archaeology Collections

After the Indus Valley Civilization, India came into the age of different rulers and dynasties. During the ancient and medieval period of Indian history, many dynasties like the Maurya, Shunga, Satavahana, Kushana, Gupta, Vardhanas, Pratiharas (in the north), Palas, Sena (in the east), Maitrakas (in the west), Chola, Chalukya, Hoysalas, Vijayanagar, Nayakas (in the south) has...

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Anthropology Collection

National Museum has a vast collection of anthropological artefacts which consist of approximately 8 thousands object of varied material and mediums such as terracotta, textile, Basketry, bone wood, metal, paper, leather, etc. Many antiquities are made of mentioned material and mediums, a few examples of these artefacts are puppets, garments, masks, weapons, utilitarian...

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Arms and Armor Collection

Since the time of Pre-History to Present, Self-preservation, protection and war have always been an inseparable part of human society. Due to these factors, Arms, as well as Armors, became part of the society. National Museum has an extensive collection of Arms and Armors. From this collection, quite a few examples of Indian weapons like different variety of bows, Variety of...

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Decorative Collection

Every culture has its distinct features, which is clearly reflected in its art, ranging from tiles and wood carvings, ceramic or metal utensils to textiles and jewellery. These functional objects are created manually, and help us in understanding the social, religious, commercial and technological development of the society....

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Manuscripts Collection

The National Museum has a collection of nearly 14,000 manuscripts in various languages and scripts, covering a large number of subjects and representing various schools and provinces. It comprises fragmented or full manuscripts, of which about 1000 are illustrated. The non-illustrated manuscripts are calligraphic, which have ornate letters almost transforming into pictures. Many of...

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Numismatics and Epigraphy Collection

Indian coinage has a long and rich historical tradition that provides a key source of information of political and economic changes. It also reflects the cultural and aesthetic development of different periods and regions.

 

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Painting Collection

The National Museum has nearly 17,000 paintings, representing all important styles of Indian miniatures. It is one of the largest collections of miniature paintings in the country. The Miniature painting tradition has been a key form of Indian painting apart from murals, cloth paintings and paintings on wood. Among miniature paintings, the main schools have been- the Deccani (from...

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Jewellery

The Jewellery gallery at the national museum is called ‘Alamkara’ - The Beauty of Ornament, encompassing the most extensive collection of jewellery in India, with more than 250 items displayed here to tell the story of Indian jewellery. From the beautifully tumbled agate bead necklaces of Mohenjodaro and Harappa to the fabulous jewels adorned with images of gods and goddesses to the...

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Central Asian Antiques Collection

Being a crucial central part of Asia, frequent movements of people from different regions, faith and culture resulted in the emergence of composite cultural tradition. Hence, we could see elements of Hellenistic, Sassanian, Uigurian, Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian in the Central Asian Art. The  collection of...

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Pre-Columbian and Western Art Collection

The collection of Pre Columbian art donated by Mr & Mrs Heeramaneek represents the principal cultures of the Pre- Columbian world. An exquisite collection of artefacts from Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and other regions of South America are a part of the National Museum collection.

 

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Events

150 years of celebrating the Mahatma

Learning and Outreach Event

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Exhibitions

Ritual Vessels and Musical Instruments of Ancient China
Special Exhibitions

Ritual Vessels and Musical Instruments of Ancient China

Venue: Special exhibition hall, National Museum

Date of Inauguration: 20-11-2019

Rajas Nawabs and Firangees
Special Exhibitions

Rajas Nawabs and Firangees

Venue: Special exhibition hall, National Museum

Date of Inauguration: 27-11-2019

Ritual Vessels and Musical Instruments of Ancient China: A Special Exhibition of Cultural Relics from Hubei Province
Special Exhibitions

Ritual Vessels and Musical Instruments of Ancient China: A Special Exhibition of Cultural Relics from Hubei Province

Venue: 2nd Floor, National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi

Date of Inauguration: 13-11-2019

Baluchars: The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal
Special Exhibitions

Baluchars: The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal

Venue: Special exhibition hall

Date of Inauguration: 16-12-2019

'Uncrowned Glory: An Exhibition of the Ethnic Ornaments of Himachal Pradesh'
Exhibitions from the National Museum Reserve

'Uncrowned Glory: An Exhibition of the Ethnic Ornaments of Himachal Pradesh'

Venue: Special Exhibition, National Museum

Date of Inauguration: 16-12-2018

PRA-KASHI: Silk, Gold and Silver from the City of Light
Special Exhibitions

PRA-KASHI: Silk, Gold and Silver from the City of Light

Venue: Special exhibition hall, National Museum

Date of Inauguration: 09-09-2019

Unknown Masterpieces of Himachal Folk Art
Special Exhibitions

Unknown Masterpieces of Himachal Folk Art

Venue: Special exhibition hall, National Museum

Date of Inauguration: 04-06-2019

Jewels of India: The Nizam's Jewellery Collection
Special Exhibitions

Jewels of India: The Nizam's Jewellery Collection

Venue: Ground Floor, National Museum

Date of Inauguration: 18-02-2019

Peru's Fabulous Treasures
Special Exhibitions

Peru's Fabulous Treasures

Venue: --

Date of Inauguration: 16-10-2018

Baluchars: The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal
Special Exhibitions

Baluchars: The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal

Venue: Special exhibition hall

Date of Inauguration: 08-02-2019

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