The Best Museums in Delhi

#1 Feb 23rd, 2007, 11:08
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I'm a 22 year old American who will be in Delhi for the next couple of months.

I want to explore the museums of the city, but I'm afraid that I'll have to prioritize, as I work about 6 days per week.

So, I was hoping for some tips on the ones that are really worth while. Perhaps people could share their experiences. Are there any that I should avoid?

Let me know what you think. I have a very open mind when it comes to this. I'll check out a modern art museums, but I'm probably more interested in ones that communicate a lot of history (big fan of the New York Tenament Museum and the Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin).
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#2 Feb 23rd, 2007, 12:21
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The National Museum located on Janpath (near India Gate) is a must see - http://www.nationalmuseumindia.gov.in/.
#3 Feb 23rd, 2007, 13:10
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Some of my favourites ( no order):
Red Fort
Nehru Memorial Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum
Raj Ghat
Indira Gandhi House
Rail Transport Museum: on Sundays the world's only remaining steam monorail is steamed: an amazing sight!
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Dito the National museum .. the foreign price includes the headset tour ... we spent 4 hours there. Well worth it.
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I enjoyed the Crafts museum, Bhairon Road, Pragati Maidan.
It's a collection of folk and tribal art, crafts and textiles.

I'll second raj ghat - especially lovely on a sunny late afternoon
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Also the Modern Art Gallery & Shanker's toy museum. The small museum inside the Red Fort is worth visiting, it has Mughal era fabrics & chinaware.
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I went to the rail museum on my last trip in Jan & loved it. I've never been but somewhere in Delhi there is a museum of TOILETS!!!!!! The mind boggles!!! KK
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Yes Kullu there is this crazy museum
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I was waiting for somebody to bring up the toilet museum. :-)

never been there, but heres a link http://www.sulabhtoiletmuseum.org/

Incidentally, I read somewhere that sulabh is one of the few private organisations to have actually given money to the united nations.
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Indira Ghandi memorial is also a must see
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This is a useful link - has location and timings of most Delhi museums http://delhigovt.nic.in/museum.asp
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Originally Posted by capt_mahajan I was waiting for somebody to bring up the toilet museum. :-)

never been there, but heres a link http://www.sulabhtoiletmuseum.org/

Incidentally, I read somewhere that sulabh is one of the few private organisations to have actually given money to the united nations.
Wow! not what i was expecting at all Capt. In fact i'm a bit dissapppointed really!! But i'll definitely "pay a visit" next time, i loved the page about "ARYAN CODE OF TOILETS - 1500 BC" Brilliant!! KK
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Originally Posted by capt_mahajan I was waiting for somebody to bring up the toilet museum. :-)
http://www.sulabhtoiletmuseum.org/

I left it out of my short list deliberately: to see how many people would add it!
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I would like to draw attention to the Tribal Museum of New Delhi which I recently visited and was very favourably impressed. It is right next door to the metro station called Jhandewalan. We were the only visitors. I will be posting some photos of the exhibits later in my Photo Gallery as this really deserves more promotion. Having already seen the much-publicized Don Bosco museum in Shillong as well as the Itanagar museum, this museum, although much smaller in scale, is well laid out and a great place to visit for its intriguing collections of weapons, jewellery, fishing tackle, household items, textiles, etc. The arrow collection is particulary noteworthy! The curator was a Hindi speaker (only) but we managed to communicate in sign language. He particularly appreciated my Tawang shoulder bag...
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Originally Posted by kullukid View Post I went to the rail museum on my last trip in Jan & loved it. I've never been but somewhere in Delhi there is a museum of TOILETS!!!!!! The mind boggles!!! KK
I might want to visit just to see the toilets.. A rarer sight than most museum exhibits....

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