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.
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