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The Museums of Delhi

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A December 2005 trip to Delhi by phileasfogg

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Quote: From trains to toilets to terracotta: Delhi’s museums range from commonplace to unusual to sheer whacky. A brief roundup of some of the best museums in town.

National Gallery of Modern Art

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National Gallery of Modern Art Photo, New Delhi, India
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The National Gallery of Modern Art celebrates fifty years in 2006, so we decided to visit. The Gallery isn’t huge; you can do it in two hours. But it’s a fine collection, and contains some of India’s best art. At the entrance, next to the ticket counter (tickets are Rs 150 each), is a shop that sells somewhat grubby prints. We continued, past a circular atrium featuring a group sculpture of metal figures, into the first gallery. This one, like most others, contained a mishmash of styles and artists. There were delicate paintings in the Company style, of peasants and artisans; vivid images of the snowcapped Himalayas by the Russian Nikolai Roerich; and exquisite miniatures, perfect in every detail...Read More

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National Gallery of Modern Art
Jaipur House, India Gate
New Delhi, India 110003
011 23384560

The National Museum of India

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The National Museum of India Photo, New Delhi, India
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With a collection of 206,000 artifacts, the National Museum covers 5,000 years of Indian history, and is definitely one of India’s best museums. It spreads across three floors, and you get a glimpse of what’s to come as you enter. The corridor’s lined with intricately carved stone statues, some more than 500 years old. India, never a homogeneous entity, has mostly been divided into individual kingdoms or states. Many of these patronised art, and you’ll get to see some good examples in the museum. If you don’t have the time to see them all, head for these galleries: 1. Harappan Civilisation: Harappa and some smaller sites form part of the Indus Valley civilisation (one of the four major Bro...Read More

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The National Museum of India

Janpath, New Delhi

The Crafts Museum

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The Crafts Museum Photo, Delhi, India
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The Crafts Museum (officially the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum), is more than just exhibits; artisans display their skills and sell their wares; there’s also a reference library and a crafts shop - and an indifferent cafeteria. But it’s the galleries that steal the show. They’re only a handful, but they house some unusual Indian crafts. Most exhibits date from the early 1700s to the early 1900s, but there are some odd ones that are either 21st or 16th century. But regardless of their antiquity, they’re all worth seeing. The first gallery, the Bhuta Sculpture Gallery, is the only one devoted to a single art. The black walls form a stark backdrop to solid, angular 18th ...Read More

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The Crafts Museum
Pragati Maidan, Bhairon Marg
New Delhi, India
011 23371370

International Museum of Toilets

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International Museum of Toilets Photo, Delhi, India
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Delhi’s wackiest museum is about 6 km from the International Airport (3 from the Domestic Airport), so a quick look in transit is convenient. Alternatively, take the Metro from Rajiv Chowk to Dwarka Sector 9, 10 minutes by autorickshaw from the museum. The Toilet Museum is part of a complex with a school, a college of vocational training, a biogas plant, and research laboratories for waste disposal. It’s run by Sulabh International, an NGO that provides eco-friendly solutions for waste disposal. Sulabh’s synonymous with public loos in India, and run thousands of paid loos. We visited the complex one hot Saturday afternoon. The staff were very welcoming. They showed us round, explained th...Read More

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International Museum of Toilets
Sulabh Bhawan, Mahavir Enclave, Palam Dabri Marg
Delhi 110 045
91-11-25031518-19

Sanskriti Museums of Indian Terracotta and of Everyday Art

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Sanskriti Museums of Indian Terracotta and of Everyday Art Photo, Delhi, India
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There are many reasons to visit these two little known museums. Firstly, they’re both quiet, peaceful places - the day we went visiting, we were the only people around. Secondly, though small, they have excellent collections. Thirdly, entry is absolutely free. The fact that both museums are set in pretty gardens, and that the staff (in particular the coordinator, a cheerful girl called Supriya) are very helpful, doesn’t hurt either. We entered at the gate of the Sanskriti Kendra (literally, the 'Culture Centre’) and made our way to the reception area, where Supriya told us a bit about the layout of the museums. She then left us to do our own thing, and we wandered off to the Museum of Indian T...Read More

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Sanskriti Museums of Indian Terracotta and of Everyday Art
Anand Gram, Arjun Garh, Ghitorni, Near Aaya Nagar, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road
New Delhi, India
011 26501796

The National Rail Museum

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The National Rail Museum Photo, Delhi, India
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150 years of history - and the world’s largest network - aren’t to be sneezed at. Indian Railways has loads to show off, and it’s all displayed here. Inaugurated in 1977, the National Rail Museum is an outdoor affair spread over 11 acres. The tiny Joy Train chugs along every few minutes on a circuit of the area, and an unsightly eatery stands in the middle of it all. The museum’s most conspicuous exhibits are steam locomotives. Most date to the late 1800s, and were built largely by British manufacturers with evocative names: Dubs Co., Glasgow; Vulcan Foundry; Saltley Works; Kerr Stuart and Co.; and Beyer, Peacock and Co. Ltd. There are some impressive locomotives here: the HG-/C-1598...Read More

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The National Rail Museum
Chanakyapuri
New Delhi, India 110021
91-11-26881826