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“Good collection but should be housed in a more modern building”
Review of National Museum

National Museum
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Ranked #37 of 437 things to do in New Delhi
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

During our trip to Delhi earlier this year, we visited the National Museum and found this to be a decent place to spend a few hours if you are a museum and history buff or if you are simply looking for indoor activities during your visit to the city.

The National Museum (300Rs per foreign visitor) + (300Rs for camera permit) is the largest museum in Delhi and holds over 200,000 antiquities, artefacts, sculptures, artworks and other items of interest from India and around the world. We enjoyed the rooms on the ground floor best. Most memorable exhibits were the Harappan Civilisation, Miniatures rooms and the various Hindu art and statues of various gods; including Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, Rama, Hanuman, Ganesha and others that were on display. We also liked the The Buddha Art rooms, where there is a supposed relic of Buddha on display. This was interesting to see.

The upper floor rooms were ok but didn't impress as much. Many rooms were dedicated to items from different countries displaying pieces of varying quality and interest. In this regard, the upper floors were often less interesting than what we saw on the ground floor. Also, many of the rooms on the top floor were really showing their age and need for renovation, which was disappointing considering this is the National Museum.

In the end, we enjoyed the ground floor of the National Museum the best and would potentially revisit to see the collection there. However, we'd probably skip the upper floors to allow time for other attractions in Delhi, especially if only in the city for a short stay.

5  Thank BradJill
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

If you want to know more about India's history, visit this museum! The entrance fee is quite expensive but you get a 'free' audio tour :)

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

I'm a huge fan of classical Indian sculpture, and most of this museum is statues, so I was very happy here. Half the exhibitions were closed for maintenance, probably because we were here in the off season, but still the statues were enough to make this amazing. There is an additional charge of 300 rupees just to use your camera, but you can use flash photography on most things and certainly take pictures of everything here. There supposedly is a cafeteria on the 2nd floor, but we didn't see anything. It's not near much of anything else in terms of food, but if you're a geek for ancient stuff it's definitely worth an hour or so of your time. Take the metro to the Central Secretariat stop and take a tuktuk or taxi because it's a deceptively long and confusing walk with nothing interesting to look at along the way. A fair charge should be less than 60 rupees max for the trip.

1  Thank mehemehem
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Awesome stuff by the Delhi museum , apart from the artifacts the knowledge given by the audio guides and the written stuff helps you know better about the civilization , culture, history all together at the same time.
Good for History students esp. and parents who want to educate their children regarding Indian History. Pictorial representation/Models will always hep children gather more.

Things to do -
1) Take Pen and paper with you.
2) Start early. It takes a lot of time (only if you are interested)
3) Camera

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Reviewed May 26, 2013

You must visit this place. Here is all enough information and you will delight when you got to see....

2  Thank Prashant S
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