Somewhere in the middle of all the malls, events and yet another place to eat, we tend to forget the essence and rich history of our capital city. Lucky for us, some spaces have dedicated themselves to reminding us. Here we go, presenting the quiet wonders of the city and the past.

Gandhi Smriti Museum / Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum

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You may be advised to visit Birla House or Birla Bhavan; know that they all refer to Gandhi Smriti. Built as a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the space itself is where Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life, and was assassinated. The premises hasn’t been maintained very well, which has the potential to spoil your visit.

Where: 5, Tees January Marg

Nearest Metro Station: Race Course

Price: Free

Timings: 10am – 5pm, Closed on Mondays and second Saturdays

Contact: 23012843, 23011480, +9111 3095 7269

Find out more here.  And here on Facebook.

National Museum

Think Harappa Civilisation relics, artefacts from the Silk Route, war memorabilia, and a fantastic collection of Miniature paintings. The museum also has over 200,000 works of art, both Indian and foreign, more from the last 5,000 years. They have an audio guide too, which you can rent {so carry any form of photo ID}. The National Museum is next door to the Archeological Survey of India, in case you want to drop in for a bit.

Where: Rajpath Crossing, Janpath

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan

Price: INR 10 for Indians and INR 300 for foreigners

Timings:  Tuesday through Saturday; 10am – 5pm

Contact: 011 23019272

You can contact them at their website here.

Stellar Children’s Museum

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India’s first children’s museum, this place gives parents and educators alike a chance to create a fun learning environment for kids. Hosting events and other inquiry based activities for pre-schoolers and kids upto the age of 8, this place has an amazing museum to explore. The galleries have the options of building, creating, inventing, and discovering innovatively.

Where: S-221-226, The Ambience Mall, NH-8, Gurgaon

Nearest Metro Station: Sikanderpur

Price: Starting at INR 500 per child, find more info here.

Timings: 10am – 8pm, Open all days. Find more info here.

Contact: +91 124 4665373

Find out more here.

National Police Museum

For those with an investigative bent of mind, scour the wide range of police and crime-related items, spanning from ancient to current times. The items on display have been acquired from different states of India and central police organisations. You are also allowed to photograph the displays. The museum itself is not large; we reckon you’ll finish it in less than two hours.

Where: Block No. 4, CGO Complex, Lodi Road

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh, JLN Stadium

Price: Free

Timings: 10am – 5pm, Closed on Sundays and Saturdays

Contact: 011 23490051

National Philatelic Museum

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This place fans the inner collector {read hoarder} in you. This museum has a entire collection of all Indian stamps including the first Indian stamp by Sindh Dak in 1854. You’ll also be moved by the range of foreign stamps available here. We hope you go have a look and are able to find that elusive stamp that you’ve been looking for.

Where: Dak Bhawan, Sardar Patel Chowk, Sansad Marg

Nearest Metro Station: Patel Chowk

Price: Free

Timings: 10am – 5pm, Open all Days

Contact: +91-011-23036447, 23753993

Air Force Museum

The museum of the Indian Air Force is split into viewing galleries. The indoor gallery features historic photographs, memorabilia, uniforms, and vintage personal weapons of the Indian Air Force. This indoor exhibit leads to a hangar displaying wall aircrafts and other inventory. For the larger planes, radar equipment, and captured enemy vehicles, make your way outside. The museum also houses large transport aircrafts, which are displayed only on the annual Air Force Day.

Where: Palam Road, New Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Delhi Aerocity, Dwarka Sector 8

Price: Free

Timings: 10am – 5pm, Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Contact: 011 25687194, 9654692950

Shankar’s International Dolls Museum

No prizes for guessing what they have on display, but be a doll, try and guess. The collection of dolls is classified into two parts – one caters to dolls collected from European countries, and the other consists of dolls collected from Asian countries.

Where: Nehru House, 4 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg

Nearest Metro Station: ITO {Violet Line}, Indraprastha, Pragati Maidan {Blue Line}

Price: INR 17/adult and INR 6/child

Timings: 10am – 5.30pm, Closed on Mondays

Contact: 011 23316970/71/72/73/74/75

National Science Center

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A unit of the National Council of Science Museums {NCSM}, this body tries to popularise science amongst those who feel science is blah {like us}. But also a haven for science buffs, this museum hones scientific awareness and temper. Preserving the technological heritage of our country, this museum has galleries that promote innovation and learning. Try it, won’t you?

Where: Near Gate No.1, Bhairon Road, Pragati Maidan

Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan

Price: INR 40, Students – INR 20. Find more here.

Timings: 10am – 5.30pm, Open all days

Contact: {011} 23371945, 23371893, 23371297

Find out more here

Nehru Planetarium

If you went to school in Delhi, you’ve probably already been here. The planetarium was set up with the aim of promoting astronomy education, especially for children. A wing of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, more than still displays, the planetarium prides itself on live interactions and programs. Because of their innumerable workshops, lectures and activities, this one should be bookmarked for children and young adults.

Where: Teen Murti Bhavan, Teen Murti Marg

Nearest Metro Station: Race Course

Price: INR 50 {above 12 years of age} and INR 30 for children

Timings: Public shows are at 11.30am and 3pm in English, and 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 4pm and 4.45pm {in Hindi}

Contact: 011 23014504

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

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This private art museum holds most of the modern and contemporary art of India and beyond. Changing exhibitions every three months, the viewer can catch any artist anytime during the quarter. Completely free of cost, KNMA caters to the art enthusiast and expert alike. Apart from this, they also curate a permanent collection and hold regular workshops for students.

Where: 145, DLF South Court Mall, Saket

Nearest Metro Station: Malviya Nagar

Price: Free

Timings: 10.30am – 6.30pm, Closed on Mondays

Contact: 011-4916 0000

Find them on Facebook here.  Or here.

National Rail Museum

A museum dedicated to the rail heritage in India {thank the British that we have one}, National Rail Museum is another children and young adult checklist item! It houses over 100 exhibits of Indian Railways {static and working models}, antique train furniture, signalling equipment, historical photographs and related literature. Not to miss are the Patiala State Monorail Trainways, Fairy Queen {world’s oldest working steam locomotive in operational service}, and the Morris-Belsize fire engine {one of two in the world} exhibits.

Where: Near Motibagh Flyover, Chankayapuri

Nearest metro station: Race Course

Price: INR 20/adult and INR 10/child

Timings: 9.30am – 5pm, Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Contact: 26881816, 26880939

Metro Museum

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Like the Transport Museum in London, we now have our own metro museum that holds a special place in the dilliwala’s heart. The place mostly shows what goes on behind the scenes of our favourite public transport, ranging from the management style and work culture of the DMRC, and the construction, to photographs, a model of the metro train, stations and more. The museum also has a gift shop {yay souvenirs!} and monitors for film shows.

Where: Patel Chowk Metro Station, Patel Chowk

Nearest Metro Station: Patel Chowk

Price: Free

Timings: 10am – 4pm, Closed on Sundays and Saturdays

Contact: 011 23418415.

Tibet House

Delhi’s premier destination for an insight into Tibetan and Buddhist culture and practice. Founded by his holiness Dalai Lama, the five-story museum houses Tibetan art and artefacts, and has an in-house library with over 5,000 volumes of manuscripts and books. Tibet house offers incentives and resources for research and translation projects, and also hosts events focusing on Indian and Tibetan Buddhist culture.

Where: 1 Institutional Area, Lodhi Road.

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh

Price: INR 10

Timings: 9.30am – 5.30pm, Closed on Sunday and Saturday

Contact: +91-11-24611515 / 24603652 / +91-844-721-8959 or click here.

Ghalib Academy and Library

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The Ghalib Museum inside the academy presents artefacts and views of Ghalib’s time. Ghalib’s residences, the poet’s favourite foods, and attire make up the most interesting parts of the museum. The coins, seals, postal stamps and specimens of handwriting are housed for those who are intrigued by and interested in Ghalib. You will even find paintings by renowned artists {like MF Hussain} here.

Where: Plot No-168/1, Nizamuddin West, New Delhi, Delhi 110013

Nearest Metro Station: Race Course

Price: Free

Timings: 10am – 6pm, Closed on Sundays

Contact: 011-24351098

Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum

Another Gandhi, another living quarter turned museum. This one takes a turn for the tragic, with the sari she wore at the time of her assassination, now bloodstained, on display. A lot of rooms have been preserved along with a lot of her personal memorabilia, including her Rubik’s cube, and an enclosed crystal pathway marking her final steps. It sounds morbid, but it is fascinating to see the sight of a historical event.

Where: 1 Safdarjung Road

Nearest Metro Station: INA

Price: Free

Timings: 9.30am – 5pm, Closed on Mondays

Contact: 011 23010094

Zakir Hussain Memorial

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This is a more informal museum that isn’t very large, and houses the posts, photographs and memorabilia from during Zakir Hussain’s time of presidentship. This is especially informative if you’re doing any research or have special interest in that time period.

Where: Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Nagar, OKHLA

Nearest Metro Station: Kalkaji

Price: Free

Timings: 10am – 4.30pm, Closed on Friday

Contact: 011 26981717

National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum 

Modelled as a traditional Indian village, the museum aims to preserve, display and promote Indian crafts and weaves. Also called just Crafts Museum, it houses over 35,000 rare pieces, showcasing traditional Indian paintings, embroidery, textiles, and crafts, including the 300 year old Bhoota Collection from Karnataka, rare Kashmiri Dushalas, rare brocade and Baluchari Saris, and Kutch embroidery. Its highlights definitely include a 5-acre village complex and the resident traditional craftsmen; you can see and purchase their craft.

Where: Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan

Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan

Price: Free

Timings: 10am – 5pm, Closed on Sundays

Contact: 23371887, 23371641

You can see more info here.

Sangeet Natak Akademi

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This gallery of musical instruments is the most awe inspiring place that any amateur or expert could set foot in. Catering to enthusiasts, the Akademi Museum is called Asawari, a kind of raga, and showcases over 2000 objects related to performing arts. These include musical instruments, masks, puppets and headgear. The paraphernalia of adornments is fascinating, and so we recommend not only visiting the museum but also the exhibitions that take place along with it.

Where: Rabindra Bhawan, Ferozeshah Road

Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House

Price: Free

Timings: 9.30am – 6pm, Closed on Sundays and Saturdays

Contact: 23387246, 23387247, 23387248

National Gallery of Modern Art

The definitive place for those interested in modern art, NGMA is a must for all art students and lovers. Curating arts from way back in time, it even houses items from the government toshakhana {treasury}. The outside itself is so magnificent, we urge you to take a look inside, especially when entry for students in INR 1. There are 17,000 works of art in there; we are sure you’ll find something to your liking. {It’s hard not to.}

Where: Jaipur House, India Gate

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Price: INR 10 for Indians and INR 150 for foreign nationals

Timings: 10am – 5pm, Closed on Mondays

Contact: 011 – 23384640, 23382835, 23388874, Extn. – 225

 

Archaeological Museum and Indian War Memorial Museum

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Set inside the Red Fort, the Department of Archaeology runs this museum, which is tucked away in a corner of the site. Set as an honour to soldiers who’d been part of the WWI, this war memorial cum museum now houses dioramas and weaponry including guns, swords and khurkis. The last two galleries are super impactful, showing the use of modern technology in war, which includes telephones, radios and periscopes. {Class 11 physics guys!}

The Archaeological museum also has implements and objects from the Mughal period on show.

Where: Naubat Khana Building, Red Fort {Lal Quila}

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk

Price: Free

Timings: 9.30am – 5pm, Closed on Fridays

Contact: 011-23273703

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

A preservation of Nehru as a heroic individual, this museum has a very different tone. It demonstrates how the struggle for independence matured over the years and how Nehru as a person coped with it. The best part, according to us, is the gifts gallery. It has totes cool gifts from all over the world that Nehru received. And in case you’re a little hazy on your history, there are free guided tours.

Where: Teen Murti Bhawan

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh, Race Course

Price: Free

Timings: 9am – 5.30pm, Closed on Mondays

Contact: +91-11-23017587

National Children’s Museum

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National Bal Bhavan tries to inculcate creativity and innovative thinking capabilities in children upto the age of 16. Providing them facilities that will enhance on the basis of age, aptitude and ability, this museum has toys and dolls from different countries and holds interesting workshops.

Where: 1 Kotla Road, Near I.T.O

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh, JLN Stadium

Price: Free

Timings: 9am – 5.30pm, Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Contact: 011-23231597

Find more information here.

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Set up as recently as 1992 by the founder of Sulabh International School Service Organization {a non-profit NGO working towards the sanitation of India}, the museum is an incredible journey through the evolution of toilets and toilet design. {A 200 year old toilet awaits}. If you’re only vaguely intrigued, worry not, you don’t have to make the trip; they’ve made their entire toilet collection available online. So, take a virtual journey why don’t you.

Where: Sulabh Bhawan, Mahavir Enclave, Palam Dabri Marg

Nearest Metro Station: Dwarka Sector 9 & 10

Price: Free

Timings: 10am – 5pm, All days

Contact: 011 25031518/19, or for a virtual tour, click here.