Indian Museums are place of a nation’s culture and tradition as they contain proof of the development of a country’s culture and heritage. There are around 900 museums in India. These include museums under the Central Government, Museums under universities, District level Museums, State governments, as private museums as well. The Ministry of Culture is developing and upgrading the Museums within the country.
Some of the most important Museums of India like the National Museum, Allahabad Museum, Indian Museum and Victoria Memorial Hall, New Delhi, Kolkata, Safdarjung Museum, Hyderabad museum and the 3 National Galleries of Modern Art at New Delhi. Mumbai and Bengaluru respectively function under the control of the Ministry of Culture. This Archaeological Survey of India also has site museums at 45 locations. They spread throughout the country to important archaeological sites.
The National museum of Delhi
National Museum of Delhi is located central Delhi. This is one of India’s finest museums. It displays the real reflection of Indian artistic tradition and culture. It is the witness of thousands of artifacts which are presented in galleries. This preserve around five thousand years of world and Indian history. Earlier National Museum of Delhi was in the premises of president house. It was inaugurated by the Governor-General, Shri R.C Rajagopalachari. Later the museum was shifted to its central Delhi. On December 18, 1960 the national museum was opened to public. Now-a-days it works under control of Ministry of Culture.
Artifacts in National Museum of Delhi
There are miniature from Harappan civilization like clay sculptures of bull and monkey, ant eater, pig. You can also explore Bronze, Silver objects of the Indus Valley Civilization. But the most famous one is the dancing girl (5000 years old). You will wonder after seeing elephant on wheels & a cattle cart. Here also displayed talent of the Harappan metalworkers and the precision. Moreover, There is amazing Lord Buddha figure in black display the unique style.
In addition, you will see some lot of sculptures, decorative Budhhist figures, stone Hindu temples, were built during the Gupta period. It was also the Golden period of the Indian history. There are figures of Ganga & Yamuna on single brick panel. Here one can also explore Hindu & Buddhist sculptures are made of “cire perdue(A lost wax process).
Indian National Museum Kolkata
The Indian Museum Kolkata is located in the city center. This beautiful museum was established in 1814 AD. It is one of the oldest and historical museums. The mail attraction of it are fossils, stones, ancient coins, art etc. are kept here. It is said that the bone of Lord Buddha are kept here. There is also a 4,000-year-old monument. It first felt in 1796 to collect relics with an archaeological theme, when the Bengal Asian Society felt the need to collect a large collection of archaeological, ethnic, geological, zoological objects in one place. But the first museum for them was started in February 2, 1814. This was the birthplace of the Indian Museum, Calcutta, with the core of this Museum of the Asian Society.
In the Archaeological Study of India, too many archaeological remains have been collected due to various investigations initiated since the time of its first Director General Alexander Cunningham.
The aim of this museum is to acquire, preserve and study all antiques of national importance, as well as to spread knowledge and entertainment through them. In 1946, a separate branch of the museum was created in the Indian Archaeological Service (ASI) by Martin Wheeler. After independence, the development of museum sites in the Indian Archaeological Studio grew very quickly. The main features of his collection include oriental culture, history and natural sciences, as well as some samples from other countries. The policy of the Indian government has been that small and existing and profitable antiquities obtained from ancient sites must remain in close contact with these ruins so that they can be studied and transferred into their natural environment. Because of knowing them, attention should not be removed from them.
Government museum Chennai
Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu. Government Museum of Chennai is one of the key sightseeing during you visit to Chennai. It was opened to the public on January 1948. It is popular as Fort St. George Museum as well. This museum had a small collection of items of British rule donated by the Presidency Government of Madras, the officers of St. Mary Church. Later some amazing items were kept here through various means in later years. There are 3666 registered antiquities.
The building in which the museum is placed is one of the oldest buildings in the city. In the hall after 1640, images showing the stages of construction and rebirth have been preserved. The antiquities were exhibited in ten galleries located on three floors. First, Lord Cornwallis an imposing marble statue welcomes the martyrs. Weapons such as swords, stab wounds, rifles and pistols, mortars, firecrackers, cannonballs, stereotypes, helmets, poles, and during holiday wars during the warts of the world, and pieces of balls fired in their defense and three-Weapons as bow are also shown.
In the porcelain gallery, this type of pottery has been displayed. The East India Company officially used in the form of food utensils. There are various pottery pots and arcade local kings. In the pictures gallery you will explore the pictures of George-III and his wife Queen Victoria. There is also the Robert Clive, along with pictures of Sir Arthur Havelock paintings on the canvas are displayed. The first painting of Fort St. George is also very interesting picture.
Albert Hall museum Jaipur
The albert hall museum holds wonderful architecture as the Victoria and Albert museum in London. The outer part of museum is decorated with stone. It is built in typical facade structure. The architecture of the museum makes it one of the unique attractions in Jaipur city. The museum holds more than 9000 collections of ancient India. It includes wood crafts, miniatures paintings and sculptures. Historic ar, arms, ivory work, musical instruments, clocks, marble statues are kept here. It also has section for international art.
Albert Hall is the oldest museum in Jaipur. It got its name after King Albert Edward, who visited Jaipur in 1876. The museum earlier was a temporary museum. But now-a-days it is as the State Museum of Jaipur. It was inaugurated in 2015 for night tourism. The Albert museum is located in the central point of Ram Nivas Gardens. This city is not a big city so it can be reached easily. However, a taxi will change you around 1500 or an auto will take 50 INR depending upon your hotel. The Albert museum timing is from 9:00 am – 17:00 pm. The entry fee to the Albert Hall museum is only 200 INR.
Napier museum Trivandrum (Indian Museums)
The Napier Museum is located inside the Museum in Trivandrum, which is the capital of the state of Kerala. The main attraction of this structure, which houses a good collection of ancient artifacts, is its geometric construction. Designed by the then government architect of Madras, this magnificent structure has obtained a niche among the drawings of buildings for its Indo-Sarcene architectural background. Housing a large number of artifacts such as idols, sizes, carts, armor, weapons and coins, this place shows us the complete history of the region with respect to the different rulers who governed it and the changes suffered during certain periods of history. Located right in the city center, this place contains a treasure trove of information from the region and is the ideal place for history lovers to enjoy.
The best time to visit the museum would be the day during the winters and nights during the summer seasons. Trivandrum is a place that basically has a very hot summer, while winters are mild and pleasant. Monsoons can see even stronger rains. But this internal museum can be visited at any time depending on the convenience. Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala, has its own international airport about 5 kilometers away and the railway station about 3 kilometers from the Museum. In addition, local buses, taxis and auto rickshaws can be used to reach the grounds of the Museum where the Napier Museum is located. Being located right in the heart of the city, it is easily accessible.
City Palace museum Jaipur (Indian Museums)
Jaipur City Palace is located in the pink city, which is officially called Jaipur. Jaipur’s founder was Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. The country’s most beautiful palaces are located in Jaipur. Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob and Vidyadhar Bhattacharya designed two architects. Eating Mantar, Jaipur City Palace and Hawa Mahal are the main attractions of Jaipur Old Town. The city is divided into nine blocks and the city palace is located in the center of Jaipur. One part of the city palace houses the museum and the other part is the residence of the descendants of the sovereign Erstwhile of Jaipur. In 1700, the capital was moved from amber to Jaipur.
This beautiful Palace is a mix of European, Rajput, Mughal and architecture. One of the most interesting objects of the City Palace are two silver jars that are officially registered in the Guinness Book of Records and one of the largest bottles of pure silver in the world. This is why a large number of tourists visit this cityMany kings have ruled this city and built several palaces and buildings. The palace has a series of clothes worn by Sawai Madho Singh I, which was 1.2 meters wide and weighs 260 kg.
The prince of whale’s museum Mumbai (Indian Museums)
The Prince of Wales Museum Mumbai was built in 1905 for the visit of King George V. The architecture of this museum is very attractive and is therefore recognized as a heritage structure in Mumbai. It’s on Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda. Many new galleries containing the works of the Hindu god Krishna, traditional Indian fabrics and costumes, have been opened after the completion of the renovation project in 2008. In the museum, you will see rare and extraordinary collection composed of ancient works of art, sculptures, bronze, miniature Indian paintings. You can also explore European paintings, artifacts excavated from Harappan sites, porcelain and ivory from China and Japan.
Many exhibitions and conferences also take place within the museum, which increases the number of visits. Currently, the museum has three different parts for the natural history section, archaeology section and art section. There are many interesting and lesser-known facts about the Prince of Wales Museum, its history and architecture. All tourists visiting Mumbai from all over the world will surely visit this beautiful heritage to admire the ancient artifacts preserved since 1900.
The National rail museum Delhi (Indian Museums)
The love for locomotives is the main reason for the Delhi Railway Museum. It attracts a large number of people since its inauguration. The museum’s internal collection consists of models of trains that are divided into six tunnels starting from the old model and gradually present the developments of the industry. Starting with miniatures of ancient trains, the museum also exhibits original buses designed exclusively for eminent personalities. The National Railway Museum displays the evolution of Indian railways from the first railway between Mumbai and Thane.
The toy train impresses visitors of all age group especially children. A train ride covers the entire external unit of the museum and is a pleasant experience that you should never miss on a visit to the museum. The Fairy Queen, the world’s oldest locomotive built in 1855, is the museum’s biggest attraction. The Patiala State Monorail Railways is also a great attraction of the museum. It was built in 1907 and designed with the Egwig system. A splendid photo gallery and an auditorium are also present with monuments linked to the Indian railways.
Egwig system is a monorail balancing system. Although closed in 1927, a train engine was discovered and restored by Northern Railways. Since then, it is on display at the museum. Akansha’ for visually challenged and Gyandeep’ for physically challenged are the sections that offer the whole history of Indian Railways on the Braille system. The sections are equipped with wheelchairs for assistance. The Souvenir counter offers books, audiovisual Cds on the locomotives of the country.
Calico museum Ahmadabad (Indian Museums)
The Calico Textiles Museum is one of the most important and popular museums in India. Created in 1948, this museum houses one of the best textile collections and is reinforced by a breathtaking line of Patachitras and Pichhwais (fabric paintings). The museum, housed in two buildings, has beautiful fabrics of not only religious significance, but also of conventional cut curtains, clothes, fabrics and carpets. The items on display in the museum are protected by the museum authorities. Tourists from around the world visit this historical museum when they are in India. Tourists visit this historical museum.
A gallery dedicated to the different weaving techniques displays sample works, along with technical notes and their connection with the different sects. Three buildings with conventional carved wooden facades built around the Temple house secular or courtesan works of art, such as dressing rooms, decorated and embroidered shamans, carpets and wall carpets. Also, you can see great works by Phulkaris from Andhra, Kalamkaris and Punjab and Saris.
Excellent textile and textile works are protected against changes in temperature, air pollution and ducts from the trees planted around the museum complex. Among some of the best designs for the best engravings, this museum located in Ahmedabad is known for the large collection of beautifully designed fabrics that dates back to the seventeenth century. To preserve the tissues from some damage, the lights become dark and the humidity is controlled between visiting hours. The main attractions of the museums are exquisite works of art, beautiful hand-woven works and intricate designs
Shankar doll museum Delhi (Indian Museums)
Shankar Pillai founded Delhi Dolls Museum as a cartoonist. It occupies the floor area of 5184.5 sq. feet, of Children’s Book Trust building. The museum displays costume dolls from all across the world. K. Shankar got an apple cheeked doll from Hungarian ambassador. He started gathering dolls from the places he visited. The two sections of the museum showcases dolls from European countries, U.K., U.S.A, Australia, New Zealand in one part, and dolls from Asian countries, the Middle East, Africa and India in the other section.
The museum has more than 900 dolls with an exhibit from many countries. You may see dolls, dance of India, Brides of India. It has exhibited his collection of 500 dolls.. The museum was set up in 1957 and ready by 1965. This museum owes fine collection of dolls. The majority of dolls of India occupy the frame here. The dolls crafted here have won first prize in 1980 at Golden Peacock Feather. These beautiful dolls interpret features, accessories and lifestyles of people. The major attraction of International Dolls Museum Delhi includes a Kathakali doll with its lavish costume, dolls from Japan, dolls of the Queen’s collection, dance dolls from Hungary and Samurai. (Indian Museums)