7 Museums you must visit in Delhi

Be it the Mughal regime or the British rule, Delhi was always at the fore of culture, and its plethora of monuments and historical structures is a testament to its cultural significance. If you wish to explore that very side of Delhi, there’s no better way to do so than by visiting its many splendid museums.

It is the capital of India today, but Delhi has always been the soul of various eras in Indian history. Be it the Mughal regime or the British rule, the city was always at the fore of culture, and its plethora of monuments and historical structures is a testament to its cultural significance. If you wish to explore that very side of Delhi, there’s no better way to do so than by visiting its many splendid museums. To make life a tad easier, we’ve listed down some of the best ones for you.

Archeological Museum (Mumtaz Mahal Museum)

Situated in the Red Fort, the Mumtaz Mahal Museum harbours various artefacts used by Mughal kings in India, including chairs, cushions, carpets, and even hilts of swords and daggers.

Apart from that, the museum, which opened in 1911, is also home to various arms used in the 1857 rebellion against the British.

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What you can’t miss
  • Relics of the 1857 war
Visiting Hours
  • 9 am to 5 pm; closed on Government Holidays
Admission Fee
  • Free

Archeological Museum


National Gallery of Modern Art

We’ve already featured this brilliant gallery in our Mumbai and Bangalore lists, so there’s no way we couldn’t not feature it in this one too. In fact, the Delhi NGMA might just be the best of the trio. It features over 14,000 works of art, which include paintings and sculptures created by the genius of supremely talented Indian and international artists.

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What you can’t miss
  • Works of Rabindranath Tagore
Visiting Hours
  • Tue-Sun 10 am to 5 pm
Admission Fee
  • Rs. 10 for Indians, Rs. 150 for Foreigners

National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi


National Museum

To bear witness to antiquities from the 4th and 5th Century BC is overwhelming in itself. For those to allegedly be Buddha’s — well, that’s next level stuff! In addition to that, the majestic museum harbours relics from the Harappan civilisation, statues, textiles, and weapons as well.

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What you can’t miss
  • Relics from the Harappan civilisation
Visiting Hours
  • Tue-Sun 10 am to 5 pm
Admission Fee
  • Rs. 20 for Indians, Rs. 500 for Foreigners; Hindi Guide Rs. 150, English/French/German Guide Rs. 400; Addition Camera Charges Rs. 20 for Indians and Rs. 300 for Foreigners; Professional Photography: Rs. 1000 per image

National Museum


National Handicrafts Museum

Set up like a small yet stunning village, the National Handicrafts Museum is home to over 35,000 rare pieces of art, as well as 15 marvellous structures that represent village dwellings from all around India.

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What you can’t miss
  • Carved Temple Chariot
Visiting Hours
  • Tue-Sun 10 am to 5 pm
Admission Fee
  • Free

National Handicrafts Museum


Air Force Museum

The Indian Air Force has quite a rich history and you can learn all about it in this wonderful museum at Palam. A one-of-its-kind museum for the longest time, it has a massive collection of airplanes and armoury on display for the general public.

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What you can’t miss
  • Captured Enemy Vehicles!
Visiting Hours
  • Wed-Sun 10 am to 5 pm
Admission Fee
  • Free

Air Force Museum


Shankar’s International Dolls Museum

If dolls don’t give you the creeps, this museum is quite mind-blowing. Curated by the legend that is K. Shankar Pillai, the museums holds a collection of over 6500 unique dolls from all around the world — including places like Europe, the USA, Australia, Middle East, Africa, and India.

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What you can’t miss
  • Kabuki and Samurai dolls from Japan
Visiting Hours
  • Tue-Sun 10 am to 5.30 pm
Admission Fee
  • Adults Rs.15, Children Rs. 5

Shankar’s International Dolls Museum


National Rail Museum

Recently renovated, the National Rail Museum displays some brilliant train and engine models that have chugged their way through India’s glorious history.

Some of these include the Fairy Queen, the world’s oldest working steam locomotive, Saloon of Maharaja of Mysore, which was made using teak, gold, and ivory, and the Sir Lesley Wilson, India’s first electric locomotive.

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What you can’t miss
  • A Ride on the Toy Train
Visiting Hours
  • Tue-Sun 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Admission Fee
  • Adults Rs. 20, Children Rs. 5; Videos Rs. 100; Toy Train Ride Rs. 20/10 for Adults and Kids respectively

National Rail Museum

Rameez Shaikh

Rameez Shaikh is a twenty-three year old writer. With a degree in journalism to his name, he's an aspiring author with an absolutely astounding admiration for alliteration. Leisure propels him to read, dance, pen fiction and gloat about himself in third person. On weekdays, he works as a features writer. On weekends, he's a Manchester United fan.

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