This is one of four museums that have been opened in the Red Fort grounds recently in the former British barracks that dominate the fort. The Museum of 1857, as its name indicates, focuses on educating visitors about the uprising of 1857. Spread across several floors, the galleries cover interesting aspects of the uprising, from its causes to its spread, the way it was planned (with fascinating insights on how chapatis, red lotuses, tree bark and more were used to convey secret messages), how it played out, and how it was suppressed. The text and images are well-arranged: just enough text to explain, lots of large, interesting photographs, paintings, maps and more.
There are separate galleries on how the uprising played out in different parts of India: in Lucknow/Awadh, for example; or the Ajnala massacre (a particularly brutal instance of how the British put down those who had revolted). There’s one gallery devoted completely to the uprising in Delhi, and this—besides the usual text and images—also has some artefacts, most of them belonging to the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah ‘Zafar’: a brocade robe, a pen holder, a powder horn, and so on.
In order to be able to visit the museums within the fort, you need to buy a ‘monuments + museums’ ticket at the ticket counter: for foreigners, this costs Rs 950; Indians pay Rs 80. If you want to visit more than one museum, keep your ticket safe; you’ll need to show it at each museum you want to enter.