National Museum is near Rajpath in Delhi.
This place is like a history buff’s dream come true. It’s got an impressive collection of relics that’ll make you feel like Indiana Jones (minus the hat and the whip, of course). But, before you get too excited, let me give you a heads up: the museum closes at 6 PM sharp, even if Google says otherwise. Also, there’s a pack of monkeys outside that have claimed the stone sculptures as their personal toilets. So, if you’re not a fan of monkey pee, steer clear.
The museum is located near the Central Secretariat metro station and it’s open from 10 AM to 6 PM.
The entry fee for Indians is only 20 rupees and they even have audio guides for 150 rupees.
The museum is spread out over three floors with different sections for different time periods and cultures. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Harappa civilization section with pottery and ornaments from the past. There’s also a section for stone sculptures from the Maurya, Gupta, and Kushana dynasties. And, if you’re a fan of bronzes, you’re in luck because there’s a whole section dedicated to them.
But, let’s not forget about the ivory section or the one for Buddhist art. And, for all you bling lovers out there, there’s even a section where you can touch and feel the exhibits and read about them in Braille.
The first and second floors have even more sections, including a maritime museum, Ajanta art, Mysore art, coins, and even a section on the history of Indian script. There’s also a section dedicated to the culture of the northeastern states and one for musical instruments. And, if that wasn’t enough, some of the sections are currently under renovation and will be open soon. Outside of the main building, there are exhibits related to Ashoka’s dharma sermons and a traditional temple cart.
It’s a huge collection of sculptures, coins, paintings, and more that spans from the Indus Valley Civilization to modern history. If you’re interested in the history and culture of India, this is a must-visit place. Just make sure to give yourself at least 3-4 hours to fully explore all the sections. Oh, and watch out for the monkey pee.”