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Famous Museums in India

A museum refers to a place where artifacts and other objects of old times related to history, science, art, culture and rich heritage of a country are stored and exhibited. Every country has preserved its rich heritage in the form of museums. India also has lots of magnificent and world-famous museums, which are described below:

List of famous museums in India:

1) National Museum, New Delhi

It is located in the capital of India, New Delhi, and is the largest museum in the country. It was constructed in 1949 at the junction of Janpath and Maulana Azad Road in New Delhi. At this place, you can see various articles from the pre-historic era such as manuscripts, arts, utensils, craft items, statues, armours and dresses. It mainly contains the artifacts of the Indus Valley Civilization and the Mughal era.

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Here, you can see luxury coaches of trains used by the kings during the old times. It also has a section for Buddhist artifacts, where you can see the head of Buddha statue and remnants of Gautam Buddha that was built in the 3rd century. The museum is maintained by the Ministry of Culture, Department of India.

It is a two-storey building with clearly separated chambers for the artifacts of different periods. As of now, it contains around 200,000 artwork of both Indian and foreign origin. In 1983, the National Museum Institute of the History of Arts, Conservation and Museology was established in this museum as a different section.

Nearby places to see:

  • Rashtrapati Bhavan
  • Rajpath
  • Vigyan Bhavan
  • Gandhi Smriti
  • Central Secretariat or Udyog Bhavan (nearest metro station)

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

2) Indian Museum, Kolkata

It is located in the Kolkata city of West Bengal, India, and is the ninth-oldest museum in the world. It was constructed in 1814 since then it is serving as a centre of multidisciplinary activities.

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It houses the best collection of contemporary arts and paintings and relics of Buddha, ancient sculptures and statues and Egyptian mummies. Besides this, it also contains attractive ornaments, fossils, antiques, skeletons, armours, and painting from the Mughal era.

The museum is well-organized internally. It is divided into 35 galleries which are further divided into six sections; art, anthropology, archaeology, zoology, geology, and economic botany. It also has a library and book shop for visitors. It is an ideal place to witness the fascinating past of India.

Nearby attractions:

  • Victoria memorial
  • Shaheed Minar
  • Birla Planetarium
  • St. John Church

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

3) Government Museum, Chennai

It is the second oldest museum in India, located in Egmore in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, covering an area of 16.25 acres. It is also known as the Madras Museum or Egmore Museum. In South Asia, it is the largest museum with the numismatic (old currency coins) and archaeological collection. The colossal Museum that organizes Shakespearean plays is also present in this museum.

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Government Museum Chennai comprises six independent buildings that have 46 galleries altogether under various sections such as geology, zoology, botany, anthropology, archaeology, art, and more. Most of these buildings are more than 100 years old. The museum also houses a public library which is also called Connemara Public Library.

It was built at the end of the 19th century. Some of the famous pre-historic collections of this museum include Paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Palm leaf manuscripts, and Roman artifacts. Outside Europe, it has the largest collection of Roman antiques in the world. It is an iconic structure that was constructed in Indo-Gothic style. Around 1000 visitors come here in a day to see the glorious past of India and Rome.

Nearby places to visit:

  • Sri Radha Krishna Temple
  • Sri Kandaswamy Temple, Chennai
  • Semmozhi Poonga (Botanical Garden)
  • Victory War Memorial, Chennai
  • Marina Beach, Chennai

Timings: 09:30 am to 5:00 pm

4) Rail Museum, Delhi

It is located in the Chanakyapuri area of New Delhi. It has preserved the 163 years old railway heritage of India and is also known as the National Railway Museum.

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The museum is built over 10 acres of land that houses some of the excellent railway collectables. It was established on 1st February 1977. As of now, it has a collection of around 100 real displays of Indian railways some are working, some are static including static, antiques, and furniture, signalling tools, old photographs, and more.

A vast outdoor has the famous "Fairy Queen" that is the oldest steam locomotive in working condition. An information table is also provided beside each of the exhibits to provide information to the visitors. It is the best place to know and explore the Indian rail history.

It also has a big auditorium where around 200 persons can sit comfortably. It is used to organize workshops, screen documentaries, etc. There is also a souvenir shop for visitors to buy souvenirs.

Nearby places to visit:

  • Rashtrapati Bhavan
  • Lodi Gardens
  • Safdarjung's Tomb
  • National Museum, New Delhi

Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

5) Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur

It is located in the Ram Niwas Garden in the Jaipur city of Rajasthan, India. It is the oldest museum in the state of Rajasthan and is also known as Government Central Museum.

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Albert Hall Museum was built in 1876. Its architecture is similar to the Victoria and Albert Hall Museum in London, and hence, it got this name. Its architecture is also based on the Indo-Saracenic architecture such as domes and carved arches that make it very attractive from the outside.

Albert Hall Museum has 16 art galleries that contain a large variety of artifacts that have been collected and brought here from different parts of the world. The clay art and jewellery galleries have a collection of 19th-century items. Besides this, you can see ancient coins, pottery, marble art, carpets, antique musical instruments, arms, armours, and Egyptian mummy in the museum.

In the evening, after the sunset, the whole museum glows with yellow lights. You can spend time in the garden here with the stunning backdrop of Albert Hall.

Nearby tourist attractions:

  • Jantar Mantar
  • Jal Mahal
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Amber Fort

Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

6) Calico Textile Museum, Ahmedabad

Calico Textile Museum is a reputed textile museum of India, under the aegis of the Sarabhai Foundation. It was established by Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira Sarabhai in 1949. However, it was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru the then Prime Minister of India in the same year.

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It has one of the finest collections of antique and contemporary Indian textiles in the world that include ancient textiles, Kalamkari prints, pichwais, royal sarees, carpets, tents, tie and dyes, etc. Apart from textiles, it also has a collection of Jain art objects, collection of South Indian bronze art, miniatures paintings, and temple hangings.

There are various galleries in the museum that contain a specific type of textile artifacts. For example, the historical textile gallery displays Mughal carpets, weapons, palm leaves with holographs, Kalpasutra fabric, court textiles used by Mughals, etc.

The main attractions of this museum are Kashmiri shawls that were made in around three years' time, and Double-ikat, which is a cloth made of one lakh threads where each thread had been dyed individually before making the cloth.

Nearby places to visit:

  • Hutheesing Jain Temple
  • Sabarmati Asharam
  • Bhadra Fort
  • Tomb of Ahmed Shah
  • Kankaria Lake and Zoo

Timings: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm

7) International Dolls Museum, Delhi

It is located at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi in the Children's Book Trust Building. It is a perfect dreamland for kids to spend time among a large variety of dolls. International Dolls Museum was established in 1965. It is spread over 5184 square feet and is believed to be the largest Dolls Museum in the country.

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Famous cartoonist K. Shankar Pillai gave the concept of this museum, so it is named after him to honour him. Today, it has more than 6000 exhibits brought here from 85 countries.

The museum is built into two parts. One part contains the collections from Europe, Australia, the U.S. and New Zealand. The other part is built for the exhibits collected from Asian countries including India. There are around 500 dolls from India dressed up in Indian costumes that are worn in different parts of the country. A workshop has also been built here where visitors can see and learn the art of doll making. It is the best place for a day out of children, where they can see a large collection of dolls in one place.

Nearby places to visit:

  • Tagore Hall
  • National Gandhi Museum
  • Feroz Shah Kotla Fort
  • Raj Ghat
  • Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
  • Closest metro station: ITO

Timings: 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

8) Prince of Wales museum, Mumbai

Prince of Wales museum is located in Mumbai, India and is also one of the heritage buildings of the city. As of now, it is known as 'Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. Its foundation was laid down on 11 November 1905 by the Prince of Wales. Later, on 10 January 1922, it was established as a museum. The architecture of the museum is a blend of Mughal, Indian, and British architecture styles. The govt. of India has recognized it as a grade I heritage building and its maintenance is under the Indian Heritage Society.

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The museum contains around 50,000 exquisite artefacts from the past related to the history of India such as ancient artworks, sculptures, miniature paintings, antiques from China and Japan, decorative artwork made of metal, wood, jade, ivory, and more.

There are various sections in the museum. The section named 'Natural History' contains a collection of birds, reptiles, mammals, amphibians. One of the sections of the museum contains European Oil Paintings, and one section contains arms and armours of Indian kings of the past. Furthermore, many new galleries have been added in the museum after the renovation project in 2008. These galleries contain artworks of Lord Krishna, traditional costumes and textiles products.

Nearby places to visit:

  • Jehangir Art Gallery
  • Rajabai Clock Tower
  • Bombay Natural History Society
  • Asiatic Society of Mumbai

Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

9) City Palace Museum, Jaipur

The City Palace museum is a part of the City Palace in the Jaipur, Rajasthan. It is also known as Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in the 17th century (between 1729 and 1732). Apart from the museum, the city palace also has gardens, courtyards, buildings, etc.

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It is located in the Diwan-I-Aam public hall of the City Palace. There are many handwritten scriptures in the museum out of which the miniature Bhagwat Gita is very important. Mughal, Rajasthani, and Persian miniature paintings are also kept in the museum.

City palace museum also contains two large silver vessels that are believed to be the largest vessels in the world. These vessels belong to King Sawai Madho Singh II who used these vessels to drink Ganga water.

The collection of armours, weapons, war equipment, etc., is also the main attraction of this museum. It has the largest collection of old handguns and weapons in India. Mubarak Mahal is also a part of this museum which has a collection of old shawls, and royal costumes.

Nearby places to visit:

  • Hathi Pole
  • Speed Boating at Fateh Sagar Lake
  • Tibetan Market

Timings: 9:30 am to 5 pm

10) Napier Museum, Thiruvananthapuram

It is located in the museum compound in the Trivandrum city of Kerala. It is famous for its geometric built and is named after Lord Napier the Governor-General of Madras in those times. In 1872, Lord Napier assigned Robert Fellowes Chisholm the task to build this building.

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Napier Museum houses a large collection of antique artifacts, metal sculptures of Chola, Vijayanagara, Chera and Naik styles of the past from 8th to 18th century. Besides this, the collection of wooden sculptures and carvings or engravings, South Indian stone sculptures of different styles, antique ivory items, and a wide range of antique musical instruments are also part of the fabulous collection of this museum.

The museum also contains the work of famous artists like Raja Ravi Varma, Nicholas Roerich (a Russian Theosophist). It is an ideal place for the history lovers and students who want to see the rich cultural heritage of Kerala.

Nearby attractions:

  • Thiruvananthapuram Zoo
  • Shri Chitra Art Gallery
  • Kanakakunnu Palace

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

11) Birla Industrial and Technological Museum, Kolkata

Birla Industrial and Technological Museum is the first industrial and scientific museum in India, located on the Gurusaday Road, Kolkata. Established on 2 May 1959, it is managed by the National Council of Science Museums.

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Formerly, it was Birla Park that was converted into a museum after a few years of its establishment. It was Dr B.C. Roy, who thought to convert the Birla Park into a museum to promote science and technology and to portray the development in science and technology in a suitable manner. It is also the first to organize the Mobile Science Exhibition on wheels.

There are around 13 galleries in the museum representing different fields of science and industrial technology. The names of major galleries are fascinating physics, electricity, life science, transport gallery, motive power, mathematics, coal mine, and children's gallery, world in darkness, etc.

The liquid nitrogen show, underground mock-up of a coal mine are some of the highlights of this museum. The museum also organizes various educational activities such as Sky observation, Science show, Creative ability centre, popular lectures. It also organizes various events such as engineering fair, science fair, science-based competition, science seminar, quiz conquest, science film festival, etc.

Nearby places to visit:

  • Shree art gallery
  • CIMA art gallery
  • Jairambati Math
  • Forum Courtyard Mall
  • Gariahat Mall
  • Rabindra Sadan Metro Station (nearest metro station)

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

12) HAL Aerospace Museum, Bangalore

It is located on Old Airport Road at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, spreading over 4 acres of land. It was established in 2001 and is believed to be the first aerospace museum in India. It is managed and maintained by HAL, a leading aerospace company in India.

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It has two main sections. The first section shows the evolution of aviation since 1940. The second section or hall showcases models of real aero engines. You can see aircraft engine models, flight simulators, an ATC Radar, a replica of air traffic control tower, and more.

It also has a sustainability development park where you get to know about solar energy and its uses, how turbines generate power, and how biogas is produced and its uses. Besides this, it also has a herbal garden, souvenir shop, and a play area for kids.

Nearby places to visit:

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
  • Lumbini Gardens
  • Surya Narayan Temple
  • St. Mary's Basilica
  • Innovative film city

Timings: 9:00 to 5:00 pm

13) Crafts Museum, Delhi

It is located in the Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The famous architect Charles Correa has designed this museum. As of now, it is under the aegis of Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. It is also known as the National Crafts Museum and Hastkala Academy.

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It is built to display items and artifacts related to handicrafts, textile, and local décor and aims to revive the tradition of local handicrafts. In this museum, you can find over 33,000 collections of a large variety of crafts that were collected from different states of India during the last 60 years. Its collection comprises bronze and metal lamps, exhaustive textiles and fabrics, wooden carvings, sculptures, bamboo crafts, tribal paintings, etc.

Like other museums, it also has separate galleries. The most visited galleries include Tribal and Rural Craft gallery, Textile gallery, gallery of courtly crafts, and popular culture gallery. Besides this, its village complex contains exhibits that show the life in rural India. Its main attraction is 300 years old Bhoota collection from Karnataka. A library, an auditorium, a laboratory, and a research centre are also built within its premises. It also has a lota shop for visitors to buy crafts products, books, etc.

Nearby places to visit:

  • National Science Centre
  • Children's Park
  • Pragati Maidan
  • Purana Qila
  • National Gallery of Modern Art

Timings: 10:00 am to 5: pm

14) Dakshinachitra Museum, Chennai

Dakshinachitra Museum is located in the Chennai city of Tamil Nadu. It is an exciting place that houses art, lifestyle, architecture, crafts and performing arts of South India. The objective of establishing this museum is to preserve, promote and display the cultures of the state in a participative and engaging way. Dakshinachitra Museum, which is spread over 10 acres, was established in 1996 and is maintained by the Madras Craft Foundation.

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It is developed in the form of a village that exhibits the traditional lifestyles of the people of South India. It has a collection of 18 real houses that were purchased, broken down and then brought here and reconstructed by the artisans hired from the same place from where these houses were brought.

Besides this, it has a collection of over 4,000 artefacts and 1,000,000 pictures showing the lifestyle of ancient times. It also displays more than 900 types of South Indian costumes. Here, you can get an in-depth view of the rich heritage of South India.

Nearby attractions:

  • VGP Universal Kingdom
  • Breezy Beach, Chennai
  • Cholamandal Artists' Village
  • Golden Beach, Chennai
  • Besant Nagar Beach (Eliot's Beach)

Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00

15) Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

It is located at Kalaghoda in Southern Mumbai. It offers a platform for the artists to display or showcase their work. The art gallery was established in 1952, with the funds provided by Cowasji Jehangir. It is named after Jehangir, son of Cowasji Jehangir.

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It has showcased the work of famous artists like S. H. Raza, K.K Hebbar, and M.F. Hussain. Earlier, it was in the form of a huge mansion, as of now, it has four halls that include Exhibition Gallery, Auditorium Hall, Terrace Art Gallery and Hirji Jehangir Gallery.

It organizes around 300 shows in a year. The artists who don't get the opportunity to showcase their work in the gallery can display on the pavement outside the gallery. Durga Bajpai was the main designer who designed this art gallery. Besides this, in 1975 a library was established within its premises. Later, a printing room was also built in the gallery to display the reproduction of books and other arts and writings.

Nearby attractions:

  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
  • Flora Fountain
  • David Sassoon Library and Reading Room
  • Gateway of India
  • Bombay Natural History Society

Timings: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

16) Vintage and Classic Car Museum, Udaipur

It is located on the Gulab Bagh Road in Udaipur, Rajasthan near the Gulab Bagh Zoo. It was established on 15 February 2000 by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. The owner of this museum is Rana Shri Arvind Singh Ji Mewar. Former Mewar State Motor Garage is also a part of this car museum.

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It has a large collection of antique cars used by the Udaipur rulers. These cars include Four Rolls-Royce, 12 Mercedes, Cadillac of 1939, Vauxhall-12 from 1936, MG-TC, Ford-A convertible, and more. Besides cars here you can see solar power operated rickshaws, motor garage, shell petrol pump, etc.

Some interesting facts about this museum include:

  • One of the cars from museum elite 1934 Rolls Royce was used in a James Bond movie named Octopussy.
  • In 1961, when British Queen Elizabeth was in India, Cadillac convertible was used to escort her in the airport.
  • In 2008, the 1924 Rolls Royce 20H.P of this museum was declared the "Best of Class Category, Vintage Classic in the Cartier Travel with Style Concours.

Nearby attractions:

  • Lake Palace (Jag Niwas)
  • City Palace
  • Lake Pichola
  • Saheliyon ki Bari (Garden of Maidens)

Timings: 9 am to 9 pm

17) Sarnath Museum, Varanasi

Sarnath museum is located in Sarnath, Varanasi. It was established in 1910 to preserve and display excavated artefacts and antique items. It has a collection of finest illustrations of Buddhist art and other ancient artifacts of old times from 3rd century BC to 12th century A.D. The museum comprises five galleries and two verandahs.

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The main highlight of the museum that attracts thousands of visitors is the Lion Capital of the Mauryan Pillar located at the middle of the gallery. It stands at a height of 2.31 metres and has been adopted as one of the national symbols of India. In the main hall, visitors can see images of Buddha in different postures. A 5th-century Lord Buddha sculpture in meditation posture can also be seen in this museum.

Besides this, the red sandstone Bodhisattva images are also very appealing and the Buddhist artifacts inside the museum are also very captivating. The figures and sculptures of the Kushana, Mauryan and Gupta period and inscriptions of Kumardevi and Ramgrama stupa can also be seen in the Museum. It is one of the best places in Sarnath to witness the historical heritage of Sarnath.

Nearby attractions:

  • Sarnath Zoo
  • Buddha Fountain
  • Tibetan Temple
  • Chaukhandi Stupa
  • Horinji Temple

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm.

18) Patna Museum, Patna

It is located in Patna, Bihar. It is also known as the Jadu Ghar among the locals. Patna museum has over 50,000 rare artworks and artefacts from the old times. Patna museum was constructed in 1917 during the British rule in India to house the artefacts found in Patna. It is an ideal place to recall Indian history and its beauty.

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Its architecture is based on Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture. Like other museums, it also has many galleries to house the masterpieces from the past. The main attractions of the museum include various attractions such as the Holy Relic Casket that contains ashes of Lord Buddha and a beautiful statue of Yakshani. Besides this, it has lots of archaeological objects such as art objects, instruments, bronze sculptures, textiles, thankas, and terracotta images made by Buddhist and Hindu artists.

Another one of the highlights of the museum is a rare collection of paintings of the daily routine of the people during the British rule in India and a collection related to the Dr. Rajendra Prasad (the first president of India), and a cannon used in First World War.

Nearby attractions:

  • Buddha Smriti Udyan
  • Folk Art Museum
  • Golghar, Bihar
  • Gandhi Sangrahalaya
  • Mahavir Temple

Timings: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

19) Shivalik Fossil Park, Himachal Pradesh

Shivalik Fossil Park is located in the Sirmaur District of Himachal Pradesh and is also known as Suketi Fossil Park. It houses a collection of fossils of prehistoric vertebrate and skeletons dug out from Shivalik range. It is believed that these fossils are of the mammals that were living in this region around 2 million years ago and are the world's richest antiquities.

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It was inaugurated in 1974 and is spread over 1.5 sq. km. and is supposed to be the largest fossil park in Asia. Shivalik Fossil Park was established by Geological Survey of India to find out the destruction of fossil bones and to preserve the fossils obtained by digging the rocks and to educate people and research scholars by providing the scientific information of pre-historic period.

At this place, you can see six replicas of extinct mammals that are made of fiberglass and resins including the limbs and skulls of tortoises, crocodiles, gharials, etc., and tusks of different species of elephants.

Nearby attractions:

  • Maa Bala Sundri Temple
  • Nahan Church
  • Queens Way
  • Kalisthan Temple

Timings: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

20) Chitra Museum, Goa

Chitra Museum is located in Benaulim, Goa. It was established by Victor Hugo Gomes, a professional artist and restorer. Its objective is to preserve the traditional items and collectables from the state. It houses over 4,000 art objects and artefacts to display that include ancient tools, farming equipment, traditional art objects, vessels, and more.

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Each artefact on display is provided by the information collected by taking the interview of seniors of the community and by studying its application in daily life.

It is an ethnographical museum that means it reflects civilisations whether they are technically advanced or not. In such museums, the emphasis is given on people's lifestyle, their art and culture, craftsmanship, etc. It also showcases organic farms along the Western Ghats.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Utorda Beach
  • Varca Beach
  • Sunset Beach
  • Church of St. John the Baptist

Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

21) Folklore Museum, Mysore

Folklore Museum is located at the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion of the University of Mysore. It houses over 6,000 indigenously-made artefacts, arts and crafts related to folklore, collected from the state. It was established in 1968.

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The museum comprises three sections or wings that are folklore section, doll section, and folk-life section. In the folklore section, you will see displays of Kathakali costumes, Hanuman crown, leather dolls, folk music instruments, puppets, 200 years old ink preparation, wooden altar, deities, figurines, etc.

The doll section houses a large collection of dolls and statues. Whereas, the folk-life section contains agriculture instruments, weaving implements, daily instruments, utensils, baskets, folk games, and more. In the outer premises, there is a wooden chariot.

The three wings or sections are connected to each other by arched walkways. A beautiful fountain can be seen at the centre of the main hall. The interior of the museum is decorated with spectacular carvings.

Nearby attractions:

  • Kukkarahalll Lake
  • Devaraja Market

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

22) Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

It is located on Salar Jung Road, at Dar-ul-Shifa, on the southern bank of the river Musi of Hyderabad. It was inaugurated on 16 December 1951 by the then prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, and is the third-largest museum in India.

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Salar Jung museum occupies an area of 10 acres and has a semi-circular shape. There are 38 galleries in the museum that are divided into two floors. It has three different buildings that are Eastern Block or Mir Laiq Ali Khan Bhawan, Western Block or Mir Turab Ali Khan Bhavan and Indian or Central Block. The other sections of the museum include an Education wing, a Display section, and a Chemical Conservation Laboratory.

It houses a collection of artefacts, paintings, and carvings, etc., from various countries and eras. The 19th century British Musical Clock is one of the main highlights of this place. It was sold by Kelvey and Cooke of England. The other attractions are Veiled Rebecca, a marble sculpture, a dagger of Jehangir, a fruit knife of Noorjehan, and a set of ivory chairs that was gifted to Tippu Sultan of Mysore by the king of France, Louis XVI.

Nearby attractions:

  • Charminar
  • Nizam Museum
  • Dharti Mata Temple
  • Chowmahalla Palacev

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on all days except for Fridays.

23) Paldi Kite Museum, Ahmedabad

As the name suggests, this museum is built for kites. It was established as a cultural centre of Ahmedabad in 1954 and is designed by the famous architect Le Corbusier. Paldi Kite museum is located within the premises of Sanskar Kendra in Paldi, Ahmedabad.

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It started when Mr. Bhanu Shah's donated his kites to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. It has a huge collection of a large variety of kites of different shapes, sizes, and colours and made of different materials such as nylon, bamboo, cotton, paper, etc.

Some of the highlights of this museum include mirror work kites, block kites, Japanese kites and paintings and illustrations. Here, you will also see displays that show the origin of kites, the advancement in the making of kites, and different techniques used to fly kites, and more. Some of the main attractions are 16 feet long kite showing Garba dance, and a kite featuring Radha Krishna.

Nearby attractions:

  • Amphi Theatre
  • Parimal Garden
  • Shree Dardi Narayan Mandir
  • Shri Maha Lakshmi Mataji Mandir

Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

24) Wax Museum, Kanyakumari

It is located near the Kanyakumari railway station, in Kanyakumari. It is built inside the premises of Baywatch Amusement Park in Kanyakumari. This Wax Museum is built in line with Madame Tussauds Wax Museum of London. It was opened for public on 24th December 2005.

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It is believed to be the first wax historical centre in India. The speciality of this museum is that it showcases the wax figures of various famous national and international personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth, Indira Gandhi, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Michael Jackson, David Beckham, and more. Besides wax statues, it also houses 3D paintings on walls and on the floor. All of these statues are made by talented Indian wax artists.

Nearby places to visit:

  • Baywatch Amusement Park
  • Bhagavathi Amman Temple
  • Thiruvalluvar Statue
  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  • Kanyakumari Beach, Tamil Nadu

Timings: 8:00 am to 6:30 pm

25) Island Museum, Hyderabad

It is located in Nagarjunakonda Island in the manmade Nagarjuna Sagar Lake of Hyderabad. It is the only island museum in the whole world. It has a large collection of all Buddhist Palaeolithic and Neolithic artifacts and ruins that were found by the archaeologist at this site.

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Island museum is built in the form of a Buddhist Vihara. The main highlights of this museum are an earring and a tooth that are supposed to be of Buddha. The monolithic statue of Buddha and slabs that are carved with pictures showing the life of Buddha and sandal stone sculptures.

This region was discovered in 1926 and excavations were carried out in the 1950s and 60s. This place is named after Nagarjuna, the famous Buddhist scholar and founder of Mahayana Buddhism.

Other attractions at Nagarjunakonda:

  • Ethipothala Waterfalls
  • Nagarjunakonda Caves
  • Nagarjunakonda Dam

Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

26) Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, Delhi

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is located on the palam-dadri road in Mahavir Enclave in New Delhi. The museum is maintained by Sulabh International Social Service Organization. It was established in 1992 in New Delhi with the efforts of Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak.

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It has a rare collection of objects and pictures showing the evolution of toilets from 2500 BC to till date. It displays developments related to the use of toilets, toilets-related social customs of different times in chronological order. Here, the visitors can see privies, toilet furniture, chamber pots, water closets, and bidets from 1145 to till date. The toilets are collected from more than 50 countries and are divided into three categories that are Ancient, Medieval and Modern.

The main highlights include the display of the sewerage system of the Harappan Civilization, a record of the flush pot devised in 1596 by Sir John Harrington and a treasure chest that was used by the English as a toilet whey they used to live outside during hunting and camping. It also has showcases gold and silver made toilets that were used by the Roman emperors.

Nearby places to see:

  • Birla Mandir
  • Chhatarpur Temple
  • HUMAYUN's Tomb
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Jama Masjidv

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

27) Dogra Art Museum, Jammu

Dogra Art Museum is located in the Pink Hall in Mubarak Madi complex, Old Secretariat, Jammu. Formerly, it was known as Dogra Art Gallery. It was inaugurated on 18 April 1954 by Dr. Rajender Prasad the then President of India. The Dogra art museum is famous for its miniature paintings from Basohali, Kangra and Jammu schools of art.

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The displays of the museum include Terracotta heads from Akhnoor, Dogra costumes, arms and armoury, jewellery, etc. The main highlights of the museum include gold-painted bow and arrow of the Mughal emperor Shahjahan, Krishan-Sudhama paintings from the 18th century and handwritten manuscripts from Sikandernama and Shahnama. Besides this, the attractive marble jharokhas (skylights) decorated with work of precious stones in the marble hall further enhances the charm of the museum's collection.

Nearby places to see:

  • Mubarak Mandi Palace
  • Gadadhar Temple
  • Kali Mandir

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

28) Mani Bhavan, Mumbai

It is located in Laburnam Road, Mumbai. This historical place is dedicated to Gandhi. It was once the Mumbai headquarters of Gandhi Ji that was later converted into a museum.

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The museum has a collection related to Mahatma Gandhi's stay in the Mani Bhavan mansion such as his personal belongings and his activities from 1917 to 1934. Gandhi started most of his freedom movements from this place, such as swadeshi, satyagraha, non-cooperation, khadi, etc.

The first floor of the museum has a photo gallery that showcases photographs of Gandhi Ji from his childhood to his assassination, along with press cuttings. The room of Gandhi Ji is located on the second floor where visitors can see his spinning wheels, book, and his bed. The terrace is also important as it is the place where Gandhi Ji was arrested on 4 January 1932. It also has a library that contains around 40000 books and periodicals and an auditorium where films and important speeches of Gandhi Ji are played. This place takes the visitors back to the struggle for freedom led by Mahatma Gandhi.

Nearby places to visit:

  • Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple
  • Chowpatty Beach
  • Nariman point
  • Babulnath Temple
  • Mackichan Hallv
  • Church Mission House

Timings: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

29) Partition Museum, Amritsar

The Partition Museum is located at Town Hall in Amritsar. It was developed by Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust (TAACHT). The museum is a part of the Heritage Street that starts from the Golden Temple up to the Town Hall.

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It was started in August 2017. It was built to focus on the trauma and stress faced by the millions of people during the partition of British India into India and Pakistan.

The collection at this place includes newspaper cuttings, photographs, and items donated by the people before leaving their homes during partition. It showcases the things related to the life of victims and survivors of partition and their lifelong legacy.

The aim of TAACHT is to establish the Partition Museum as an international level physical museum dedicated to the memories of the partition in 1947. It has a boundary commission room that has maps and census information related to borders. In its Gallery of Migration, there is a replica of the life-size train to display the movement of refugees by train during partition. It also has multi-media and audio video stations that have voices of the people who suffered due to the partition.

Nearby places to visit:

  • Golden Temple
  • Jallianwala Bagh
  • Central Sikh Museum
  • Durgiana Temple

Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

30) Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh

It is located at sector 10 in Chandigarh, adjacent to the Government College of Art in the union territory of India. The establishment of this museum is linked with the partition of the country in August 1947. It is a huge collection of Gandharan sculptures, Rajasthani and Pahari miniature paintings, decorative arts, etc.

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Before partition, this collection was housed in the Central Museum, Lahore the capital of Punjab in those times. On 10 April 1948, the collection was divided into two parts, around sixty percent of the items were retained by Pakistan and the remaining forty percent of the collection was given to India. Initially, this collection was kept in Amritsar, later it was shifted to Shimla then to Patiala and finally to sector 10 in Chandigarh. The building of the museum is designed by Le Corbusier.

The inauguration of the museum was held on 6 May 1968 through the support and initiatives of Dr. M.S. Randhawa the then Chief Commissioner of Chandigarh. Few more buildings were added to the museum to fulfil the need of Museum expansion.

Its collection comprises around 10,000 items divided into nine categories that include Ancient Indian sculpture, Gandhara sculpture, Textiles, Medieval Indian Sculpture, Epigraphy and Numismatics, Indian miniature paintings, Metal sculpture, Contemporary Indian Art, and Decorative Art.

The main highlights of the museum include the Jain statue of Padmavati, sculptures of the legendary female demon Hariti, ten decorated Laur Chanda poem folios from 16th century, the Sikandar Nama Rumal shawl with embroidery of superfine rafu stitching, the illustration of 1730 Gita Govinda poem by Jaidev in the form of paintings on paper, and Nepalese wooden statue of Manjushri (the Buddhist God) from 15th to 16th century.

Nearby places to see:

  • Rock Garden
  • Sukhna Lake
  • Punjab University Chandigarhv
  • Rose Gardenv

Timings: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

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