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The National Museum houses an important collection of varied artifacts that highlight the eventful history and varied culture of India. The layout here is labyrinthine, but the collection ranging from archeological and anthropological artifacts to paintings and decorative arts is unparalleled and contains some true masterpieces. The museum houses 200,000 works of art, from intricate miniature paintings to silk banners and gold overlaid Thanjavur paintings.

The ground floor has archaeological finds from the Bronze Age Harappan Civilization that existed 5000 years ago, and art from the Maurya, Sunga, Satavahana, Kushana, Gupta and late medieval eras, coins and decorative arts. The first floor showcases ancient manuscripts, Central Asian antiquities, and Alamkara - tracing the evolving styles of jewelry from the Indus Valley Civilization to the present day. The second floor displays costumes, wood carvings, musical intruments, anthropological exhibits, Pre-Columbian and Western arts, arms and armour.

Highlights of the museum include the bronze figurine of the Dancing Girl from Mohenjodaro, terracotta Mother Goddess, Rakhigarhi skeleton, Buddhist rock carvings from Bharhut,Gupta era reliefs depicting scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata, jewel-studded throne of the King of Varanasi, antique Indian game-sets, miniature painting of Marriage procession of Dara Shikoh, Gupta era gold coins, Gandhara-era stone statue of Standing Buddha with Greek hair and a Roman toga, and a 5-tiered octagonal wooden chariot dedicated to Lord Vishnu parked near the museum entrance.

About National Museum (Delhi)

 Rajpath Crossing, Janpath, New Delhi, DL,110001, India

 +91 11 2379 2775

National Museum (Delhi) and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
India Gate

India Gate(1.5 km)
The India Gate is a monumental arch been built as a memorial for the Indian soldiers who died in World War I.

Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib

Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib(1.5 km)
The Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib is an 18th century Sikh house of worship where the 9th Guru Teg Bahadur was cremated after his execution on the orders of Emperor Aurangzeb.

Connaught Place

Connaught Place(2.1 km)
Connaught Place is a historical shopping arcade in Delhi and a major landmark.


Rajpath(0.2 km)
Rajpath is the main route of the annual Republic Day parade that leads from the Rashtrapati Bhavan (President's Residence) to India Gate, with many grassy lawns along the way.

Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah(3.2 km)
The Nizamuddin Dargah is the mausoleum of Nizamuddin Auliya, the famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order in the 13th - 14th century.


Janpath(1.8 km)
Janpath is a bargain-hunter's dream and just a two minute walk from Connaught place.

Jantar Mantar (Delhi)

Jantar Mantar (Delhi)(1.7 km)
Jantar Mantar is one of five astronomical observatories commissioned by Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur during the 18th century, the others being at Jaipur, Varanasi, Mathura and Ujjain.

Hanuman Temple

Hanuman Temple(2.1 km)
The Hanuman Temple on Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place is one of the oldest temples in India dedicated to the Monkey-God, built by Raja Jai Singh around 1724 AD.

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