Children’s Museum Delhi

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Children’s Museum Delhi

national-children-museumNational Children’s Museum of Delhi is situated in the Bal Bhawan Complex on Kotla Marg, near ITO. A visit to this museum is one of the best ways to keep the children in touch with the tradition, culture and heritage of India. The National Childrens Museum at Delhi displays a rich collection of toys and dolls from different countries, stone and bronze objects, traditional jewelry, arts and crafts, musical instruments, currency of various countries, etc.

National Children Museum has a place known as Children’s Creative Work, which displays the pieces of arts created by children. Summer camps are organized here, with workshops on arts, theatre, painting, music, dance, etc. National Children’s Museum also provides a number of other facilities like drama kits, stories, puppets, toys, costumes and puppet shows. The museum complex also has a hostel, sports facilities, Science Park, aquarium, jet fighter, functional mini train and so on.

There are a number of permanent galleries in the museum, namely…

Hamara Bharat Gallery

This gallery uses mediums like audiovisual aids to showcase culture, arts, religions, etc of India.

Gaurav Gatha Gallery

This gallery aims to display past civilizations, achievements, legends, freedom struggle, leaders, etc of India.

Surya (Sun) Gallery

As the name suggests, this gallery is dedicated to Sun, trying to explain its importance, origin, and its significance from a religious angle, etc.

Location      Near ITO, New Delhi

Attractions     Showcases the heritage and traditions of India

Timing     9:00am to 5:30 pm (Sunday and Monday Closed)

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National Gallery of Modern Art

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National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi

national-galleryNational Gallery of Modern Art DelhiThe National Gallery of Modern Art was established in the year 1954 by, the then Vice President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. The best place to see Indian contemporary art, this museum is situated at Jaipur House of New Delhi. The royal building of the museum was formerly the residence of erstwhile Maharajas of Jaipur. It houses a splendid collection of paintings, some of which are as old as 150 years! The painting treasure housed here includes the 19th and early-20th century paintings of British artists, Thomas Daniell, and his nephew, William.

You can also see the artworks of renowned Indian artists, such as Rabindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy and Amrita Sher Gill. National Gallery of Modern Art throws light on the evolution of modern Indian paintings and sculpture. There is also an Art Reference Library, with a good collection of art books, journals and periodicals as well as a sculpture garden at the back. Apart from organizing shows and gallery management, there are a number of other activities undertaken at the gallery.

* A reserve collection is being carefully maintained and documented by the gallery.
* The restoration department conserves the art works.
* The publication department publishes 335 publications, 35 posters, postcards, etc.
* The gallery is also producing and acquiring films on artists, many of which have received awards.
* The gallery organizes annual summer camps of art training for children and other educational activities.

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Theater Craft Museum

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Theater Craft Museum, New Delhi

theater-craft-museumAmidst the hustle and bustle of the capital city of Delhi, it is a delight to come across a place like Theater Craft Museum, which is a repository of the objects of creative value. The Theater Craft Museum, New Delhi is famous for its attractive collection and easy accessibility from any corner of the city.

Located in No. 5 Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, the Theater Craft Museum in New Delhi is also known as the Malliah Memorial Threatre Craft Museum. It is one of the must-see tourist attractions in New Delhi especially for the avid lovers of art and creativity. The museum exhibits a wide range of the theatre crafts of the country.

In the Malliah Memorial Threatre Craft Museum, New Delhi, you will come across an interesting collection of the ornaments. Most of the ornaments are made of metal, horn pitch, wood, and shells and are an absolute delight to take a look at.

The Theater Craft Museum also contains a nice collection of the masks and puppets of rare kind. You must not miss these items. These make for a popular collection of the museum.

Apart from these, the Threatre Craft Museum, New Delhi, has a production center. The production centre of the museum is famous for recreating craft items of theatre and old designs. You must not miss a visit to this area of the museum.

For visiting the Threatre Craft Museum of the city, you need to schedule your time between 10 am and 5 pm.

After a trip to the Threatre Craft Museum in New Delhi, you can venture out on a journey to other famous museums of the city that include Crafts Museum, National Museum, Red Fort Museum of Arms and Weapons and others.

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Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum

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Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum in Delhi

Indira Gandhi Memorial MuseumThe Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum was set up in the same bungalow that once served as the residence of Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum was the residence of the former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. It was in this house that she was assassinated by her own Sikh bodyguards on 31st October 1984. The house was converted into a museum after her assassination.

The museum conserves some of the belongings of Indira Gandhi, including the sari she was wearing when she was assassinated. There is a collection of photographs, which record the Nationalist movement and the Nehru-Gandhi family.

A modest bungalow, it is furnished simply and hung with photographs narrating her life from childhood days with the Mahatma to later off-duty relaxation with her grandchildren Rahul, Priyanka and Varun. It is surrounded by a charming garden where you can hear Mrs Gandhi’s speeches from megaphones hidden in the bushes. It was in this garden that she was assassinated.

The spot where Indira Gandhi was assassinated is enclosed in a glass frame. One can still see the dried blood spots.

Location      Safdarjung Road, South Delhi

Year of Establishment     1959 (At this particular location)

Dedicated To     Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi (Former Prime Minister of India)

Attractions     Photographs Of The Nehru-Gandhi
Family

Timing     9:30am to 5.00pm

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Indian War Memorial Museum

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Indian War Memorial Museum in Delhi

Indian War Memorial MuseumThis museum was set up as a tribute to the soldiers who had participated in the world war in India or abroad on behalf of the British. Naubat Kahana or Naqqar Khana (Musical house) of the Red Fort was chosen to accommodate the museum in its first and second floors. The museum is approachable from the north and south of the building facing east.

The introductory gallery comprises diorama showing the battle of Panipat with the army of Babur and Ibrahim Lodi standing opposite each other. The other displayed objects are arrows, swords, khukris, revolvers, machine guns, shells etc. Variety of daggers with ivory and inscribed hilt, chest armour, small weapons like gupti, battle axes are also exhibited in the gallery. Helmets, armours, different types of swords, daggers etc are displayed in Gallery No. 2 and 3. Bomb fuses, shells, models of pistols, bullets, gun powder flasks on display gives vivid picture of the arms and ammunition used during the First World War.

The last two galleries show the impact of European industrialization over the weapons and communication since radars, telephone, telegraph, signal lamps, guns with periscope, trench periscope etc were introduced during the war. Various types of badges, ribbons, uniform of Turkish and New Zealand army officers, and flags are also put on display. Model of army transport cart and railway goods track, model of Baghdad Arab port and Basra dockyard exhibited in the museum attract the attention of the visitors. Another attraction of the gallery is the complete dress of Maharaja Jodhpur. His Highness Pratap Singh including kurta (long shirt), belt, trouser, turban with zari work, shoes and inscribed sword with sheath.

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Gandhi Smriti Museum

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Gandhi Smriti Museum in Delhi

gandhi-smriti-museumGandhi Smriti Museum is the house where Mahatma Gandhi spent his last 144 days of his life before he was assassinated on the inauspicious day of 30 January 1948. Located on 5, Tees January Marg, the Government of India later converted it into a national memorial and dedicated it to Gandhiji. The building belonged to one the popular business houses of the country, Birla Group, from whom it was acquired by the Government of India in 1971.

A quiet and calm place to visit, the memorial has been designed in such a way to highlight various aspects of the life of Mahatma, his ideas, principles and values. The Gandhi Smriti museum has kept up his personal belongings along with some rare photographs, relics, frescos and sayings of Gandhiji that are on display for the visitors. The room in which he lived as well as the prayer ground where evening congregations were held have been preserved in the same way as they were during Mahatma’s lifetime. A concrete footprints trace his last steps from the room to the prayer ground and a martyr’s column marks the place where this mass leader was assassinated.

An imposing statue of Mahatma Gandhi can also been seen just at the entrance of the house with a girl and a boy holding a dove in their hands emerging from a globe. The sculptor of the statue is the popular artist Ram Sutar who has tried to convey Gandhiji’s message of peace and concern for the deprived section of the society.

Special Event / Annual Event

The Gandhian Memorial Lecture is held here annually apart various discussions, seminars and symposiums organized by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti.
Nearby Tourist Attractions

Indira Gandhi Memorial, Dilli Haat, Safdarjung Tomb, Rastrapati Bhawan, India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and Hanuman Mandir
Nearby Places to Eat

Hotel Le Meridien, Imperial Hotel, Hotel Inter-Continental, Parikrama Revolving restaurant, Gaylord, El Rodeo, Bercos, Zen restaurant, Delhi Darbar, Nizam’s Kathi Kebabs and Standard Restaurant. For snacks and fast foods: Bengali Market (sweets and chat), Kake da hotel (Indian food), Wenger, Mc Donalds, Pizza Hut, Domino’s Pizza, Nirula’s, Ruby Tuesday, Sona Rupa, Starbeans, Barista, Café Coffee Day, Dilli Haat, and innumerable roadside foodstalls and good Indian restaurants in INA market, Yusuf Sarai Market, Green Park and South Extension market.

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Gandhi Museum

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Gandhi Museum, Delhi

gandhiThe origin of this Museum goes back to the period soon  after the  assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on the fateful evening of January 30, 1948, when the slow  process of  scouting for, collecting  and preserving  the personal  relics, manuscripts, books,  journals and documents, photographic and audio-visual material, all that could go into a Museum  on  the life,  philosophy and  work  of Gandhiji–began  in an unostentatious way in Mumbai.

Later the work was shifted to Delhi and in early 1951 the nucleus of a Museum on Gandhiji was set up in the Government hutments adjoining Kota House. Later still, in mid-1957, it was shifted to the picturesque old mansion at 5,  Mansingh  Road.

It was finally brought to its present new and permanent   home, most appropriately built opposite  the SAMADHI of Mahatma Gandhi – free India’s most revered place of        pilgrimage-at  Rajghat, New Delhi, in 1959. The imposing   two storey Museum was formally  inaugurated by Dr.   Rajendra Prasad, the   President  of India, on January   30, 1961.

The Museum was named ‘Gandhi Memorial Museum’ (Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya),
now commonly known as ‘National Gandhi Museum’ (Rashtriya Gandhi Sangrahalaya)
as there are also a number of regional  Gandhi memorial museums in India. c

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Dolls Museum

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Dolls Museum in Delhi

dolls-museumThe Dolls Museum, situated near Pragati Maidan, is the perfect place for the entertainment of children. It displays a huge collection of almost 6000 dolls collected from as many as 85 countries. Almost one third of the collection of the Delhi Doll Museum is assembled from different parts of the country. The dolls are even dressed up in the traditional costumes of the country or the area to which they belong. The museum is divided into two parts, each consisting of wall mounted glass cases, approximately 1,000 ft long.

In one segment are exhibited dolls from European countries, the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, etc. The other segment is dedicated to dolls from the countries of Asia, Middle East, Africa, etc. Shankar’s International Dolls of Museum Delhi also comprises of a workshop and a Doll Designing Centre. Along with viewing, you can also buy dolls from this museum. Dolls Museum of Delhi facilitates cultural exchanges. Since, the dolls are displayed in their traditional attire, with conventional costumes, jewelry, etc, they tend to represent the true culture of their country/ area.

Location      Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Delhi

Attractions     Collection Of 6,000 Dolls From Over 85 Countries

Timing     10:00am to 5:30 pm (Monday Closed)

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Crafts Museum, Delhi

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Crafts Museum in Delhi

crafts-museum-delhiMain Attractions

The institution of the museum, aimed at housing objects of antiquity and curiosity, is of western origin. Indians themselves did not have a tradition of setting up museums of fragmented sculptures, rusted swords and out-of-context paintings. Broken images were immersed in holy water, worn out metal objects were melted down to cast new ones, and terracotta votive objects were left to decay and merge with the very earth from which they were created.

The core collection of the Crafts Museum was actually put together to serve as reference material for the craftsmen who were increasingly losing touch with their own traditions in terms of materials, techniques, designs and aesthetics of their arts and crafts due to the sudden changes caused by modern industrialization. Here the craftsman feels free to confine to his tradition or to innovate in response to his new contemporary environment.

¤ Collection of Unique Item of Tribal Arts

The large permanent collection of 20,000 items of folk and tribal arts, crafts and textiles is housed in a concrete, but almost ‘invisible’ building. Charles Correa, the architect, had a challenge before him – on the one hand to provide a pucca building for safe preservation and display of the rare art objects, but on the other, not to let the building be so imposing that it would belittle the humbler objects collected from village homes. The scale and appearance of the building had to be such that it would not attempt to upstage its ancient neighbour, the Purana Qila on the one side and the Village Complex of the Museum on the other.
Consequently the low-lying building has old carved wooden doors and windows from Gujarat and Rajasthan, central courtyards having champa trees, tulsi shrines and a monumental temple-car coexist in this ‘modern’ building not as revivalist ethnic chic exercise, but as a contemporary juxtaposition of past traditions in a modern building meant for a modern Indian Crafts Museum.

¤ Other Marvelous Artifacts

The museum’s collection, built over a period of thirty years, comprises bronze images; lamps and incense burners; ritual accessories; utensils and other items of everyday use; wood and stone carvings; papier mache; ivories, dolls, toys, puppets and masks; jewellery; decorative metalware including bidri work; paintings; terracotta; cane and bamboo work and a large number of textiles, from different regions of India.
Galleries of folk and tribal arts and crafts, aristocratic objects, and that of traditional Indian textiles, display selected objects within these categories which are unavoidably overlapping as the culture itself. Moreover, there is a ‘Visual Store’ for reference, comprising about 15,000 objects which can be used by scholars, designers, craftsmen and interested public for study and research. While brief captions provide basic information about the displayed objects, for further information the Museum’s catalogue could be consulted.
The Crafts Museum Shop on the premises sells books, picture-postcards and a whole range of exquisite contemporary handicrafts. The objective of the shop is to sell original creations of the finest Indian craftspersons and not to market mechanically replicated souvenir.

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Air Force Museum Delhi

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Air Force Museum , Delhi

air-force-museumThe Air Force Museum, Delhi, is housed within the ground-space of the historical Palam Air Force Station. It bears an aura of historical significance with it. Any aviation-crazy mind will love to witness the testimonials of the outstanding courage and glorious history of the aviation-battalion of India. However, the Naval Air Museum in Goa, has followed the footsteps of the prestigious Air Force Museum. The wide dazzling spectrum of history commences from the days of the Royal Flying Corps , participating in the First World War, to the perilous Kargil Operations. The regalia of pictures, mementoes, souvenirs, models, and the actual aircraft used for the war-encounters, crowd in the shelves.

Air Force Museum, Delhi -IAFM Uniforrm galleryThe Museum houses an intriguing Indoor Gallery consisting of the graphic representation of the history of the Indian Air Force. The wonderful display of memorabilia, uniforms, personal arms and ammunitions of various times fill the mind with awe. The joy of gazing at real-life aircrafts is simply indescribable. Moreover, vital implements such as Ordnance, Anti Aircraft Guns, Vehicles and other consorted articles, add to the brewing enthusiasm of the people about the place . A few aircrafts are so outsized, that they cannot be fitted in the air-dock, and are thus exhibited on the forestage. The Outdoor Gallery also showcases War trophies, Radar Implement and Conquered Enemy transport .

Model of Vintage Aircraft Flight – North American Harvard – HT 291The awesome models of Vintage Aircraft Flight, out of bounds to the common visitors, have still been sustained with their operational capabilities. In spite of fund-deficiency, the air-military personnel, committed to preserve the IAF Vintage Aircraft Flight in their best conditions. The still splendid, Spitfire Mk VIIIe NH631 of the IAF`s Vintage Aircraft Flight was moved around the ground on the Air Force Day, 1999. Again, the North American Harvard – HT 291, colored in brilliant yellow, went past the podium, on the occasion of the Republic Day, 1998. One of the mind-blowing Gnats in the Museum, is an Ajeet (Gnat Mk.2) E-265, belonging to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. There are other such models too in the reserve. Indeed, it is fascinating to learn, that the Air Force Museum curators have maintained these invaluable heritage-pieces with such praiseworthy diligence.

Even the Transport Aircraft installed outside at the chief apron of the Palam Air Station, is an off-limit presence. This so because, the safety clauses and privacy rules of the functioning Air Force station, is maintained meticulously. Only on the Air Force Day , annually, the doors of all the sections of the Air Force Museum, Delhi, allows access to everybody.

Modern trend of Aircraft – Sukhoi-7The modern trends of aircrafts are visible in the later versions of jet-fighter planes, displayed in the Museum. For example, the MiG-21 and the Sukhoi-7, hailing from Russia, deserve attention. Again, the single HAL Marut , also the second instance of a Hunter, is captivating enough.

However, the more recent editions, such as the MiG-21 bis or, the MiG-23 BN, endowed with certain changes, in comparison to the earlier ones, have not yet entered the list of repertory. Nevertheless, some related showpieces are present in other IAF bases. And the latest inclusions involve, Iskras, an uncommon and striking MiG-25R and a MiG-23MF.

The Indian Air Force Museum, Delhi, has demonstrated the ordnance stuffs , borne by these aircraft.

IAF-BREVETSEvery aircraft, kept on presentation, are bestowed with the by the squadron crests, th heraldry emblems of the units , engaged in assignments with these aircrafts . The IAF Brevets are wonderful emblematic structures, evocative of an air of dignity and respect, enveloping the Air Force Officials. IAF Pilots wings, circa 1933, IAF Pilots, circa 1942, wherein the crown-image in circa 1933, has been replaced by the star are curious displays to watch at. In the IAF Pilot Wings 1946, introducing letter `R`, stands for the “Royal” attribute associated with the aviation- warriors, subject to the allegiance of the British Empire in India. In the IAF Pilots Wings, 1950, coming into existence, after the Republic-formation of India, the Crown symbol was substituted with our National signifier, the Ashoka symbol.

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