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National Museum of India

Last updated: 07 April, 2024

Casting the curatorial net to embrace not just modern India but the wider subcontinent and parts of its immediate hinterland, this excellent museum provides a fine overview of several millennia of the region’s arts and history.

While its main strength is an array of sculpture depicting the vast pantheon of Hindu gods and goddesses, exhibits encompass Silk Road artefacts, various schools of miniature painting, tribal arts and crafts, weaponry, textiles and jewellery.

The museum also houses the Sacred Relics of Buddha (5th-4th century BC), unearthed in Uttar Pradesh, and an exceptional collection of rare musical instruments from the 15th to 19th centuries.

Logistics

Price from: £7
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The museum is located south of Connaught Place on the main Janpath road. The nearest metro station is Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan.

Entry tickets for foreign visitors include a useful 75-minute audio tour, but you’ll need to leave some ID (or a deposit) for the headset. There’s a museum shop but no café.

When to do it

Open all year round Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Mondays and national holidays.

Delhi’s climate means that for much of the year many visitors opt to visit during the hottest part of the day, when the air-conditioning offers some relief. Earlier or later is quietest.