Cultural Treasures – Guide to the best museums in Delhi

Welcome to the fascinating world of Delhi’s museums! Come with us while we dive into the land of art, culture, and history. Join Savaari on a captivating journey through the vibrant museum scene in the heart of India’s capital. From ancient artefacts to modern masterpieces, each museum offers a unique perspective on the rich heritage of this incredible city. Whether you’re an art enthusiast, a history buff, or simply curious about the diverse cultural tapestry of Delhi, these museums are sure to leave you spellbound.

With the help of you all – our customers, we have compiled a list of reviews of the best museums in Delhi. Let’s explore the captivating stories and exhibits that make Delhi’s museums a must-visit destination for every traveller seeking to unravel the city’s captivating past.

Museums in Delhi

Table of Contents

  1. National Museum
  2. National Gallery of Art
  3. Museum of Illusions
  4. Indian Air Force Museum
  5. Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam Memorial
  6. National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy
  7. National Science Centre
  8. Tribal Museum
  9. Shankar’s International Dolls Museum
  10. Metro Museum 
  11. Yuge Yugeen Bharat
  12. More museums in Delhi you must visit

1. National Museum

“I have a daughter, and last year we were going through a bit of a rough patch. She was a teenager and was going through a phase where all things Indian were automatically deemed uncool. As someone who is very patriotically inclined, this was just unacceptable to me. The museums of Delhi came to the rescue. I decided that she needed to see the place where I found my love and intrigue towards my country, the National Museum. But of course, I was told that that seemed like the single most boring thing in Indian History.  I was angry and upset when my husband decided to step in and take charge of the situation. 

He told her that we were going to this special event as VIPs and there was no limit to her excitement. She got dressed in the most beautiful dress she had and was ready to move. When I saw a car with a chauffeur holding the door open in front of the house, even I got surprised. How did he manage it? He had apparently booked a Savaari without telling any of us, just to give her the real feel of being a VIP. The museum was a very good decision. Not only did we succeed in making India look cool, but we also learnt so much ourselves. The National Museum has an extremely vast collection of pieces of our soul. If you want to do a crash course on India, National Museum is the place to go.”

Seema Sachdev

Address – Janpath Rd, Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, Delhi 110011

Timings – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Open days – Closed on Mondays. 

Special exhibits – 

  • Harappan Gallery – Displaying artefacts from the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, including pottery, seals, and figurines.
  • Maurya and Shunga Sculpture Gallery – Showcasing sculptures from the Mauryan and Shunga periods, including the famous lion capital of Ashoka.
  • Gandhara Gallery – Featuring Buddhist sculptures from the Gandhara region, reflecting the influence of Greek art on Indian sculpture.
  • Bronze Gallery – Exhibiting a wide range of exquisite bronze sculptures from various periods of Indian history.
  • Miniature Painting Gallery – Displaying miniature paintings from different schools of art, such as Rajasthani, Pahari, and Mughal.
  • Manuscripts Gallery – Showcasing ancient manuscripts and rare texts, including religious scriptures and historical documents.
  • Textiles Gallery – Highlighting the rich textile traditions of India with displays of embroidered fabrics, silk sarees, and other textile artefacts.
  • Jewellery Gallery – Featuring a stunning collection of traditional Indian jewellery, including intricate necklaces, earrings, and bangles.
  • Arms and Armor Gallery – Exhibiting a variety of weapons and armour used in different periods of Indian history.
  • Contemporary Art Gallery – Showcasing modern and contemporary artworks by Indian artists, reflecting the evolving art scene in the country.

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National Museum, Delhi

2. National Gallery of Modern Art

“My fiance was coming to Delhi to meet me. And this was going to be the first time we were going to be spending so much time together without our families. It was super stressful because a last-minute meeting popped up right on the day she was landing. I had promised her that I would be at the airport to pick her up, and since she was already in the air, there was no way to tell her that I won’t be able to make it.

I wasn’t having my fiance waiting for me the first day she was here! So, playing it smart, I booked her an airport Savaari which would ensure that a driver was at the airport before she was. Now all I had to do was keep track. I asked the driver to tell her that it was a surprise day and take her to my house, where she freshened up and got dressed. Then, the driver drove her to the museum, where I joined her for a beautiful date. She said she felt like a queen, and there was nothing in the world that made her happier. The Gallery was everything I had imagined it to be. The way they preserve art that is more than 100 years old is extraordinary. The museums of Delhi and Savaari were a lifesaver that day. ”

Suharsh Suvarna

Address – Jaipur House, Shershah Rd, near India Gate, Delhi High Court, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003

Timings – 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Open days – Closed on Mondays. 

Special exhibits – 

The NGMA houses a diverse collection of over 17,000 artists, each with its own distinct significance. These artworks not only showcase a rich and magnificent history but also pay homage to the artistic brilliance of the present era.

National Gallery of Modern Art

3. Museum of Illusions

“When I hear the word ‘museum’, my mind automatically starts making up excuses to get out of going there. Museums are the most boring places on this planet, and no one can change my mind. All of this was true before I knew what a museum could be. The Museum of Illusions in Delhi is an understatement to the fact that museums go much beyond just past and paintings. They can be about fun, laughter, activities and above all – illusions. 

From holograms to colour illusions to upside-down rooms, the Museum of Illusions is the museum in Dehli to go to for anyone who isn’t really a fan of museums. It is a truly luxurious experience to be able to go witness all these fun rooms. And if you want, you can also learn about the hows and whys of the illusion. Coming out of this place is like walking out of the wonderland that Alice was lost in. My head was dizzy, and I sat quietly in the back seat of my cab while my nice Savaari driver drove me back home after a day of child-like fun.

Sarthak Khurana

Address – A Block, A 30-33 1st Floor, Rajiv Chowk, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Timings – 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Open days – Open on all days. 

Special exhibits – 

  • Enter the Ames Room and witness a mind-boggling illusion of varying sizes, where people can appear to grow or shrink depending on their position within the room.
  • Get ready to challenge your perception of space and depth as you step into the Infinity Room, a mesmerising exhibit that creates an illusion of infinite space.
  • Defy gravity in the Anti-Gravity Room, where water appears to flow upwards, and objects seem to suspend in mid-air, leaving you questioning the laws of physics.
  • Immerse yourself in a room filled with mirrors that create an illusion of infinite reflections, making it seem like you’re standing in a never-ending hallway.
  • Prepare for a mind-altering experience in the Rotated Room, where the laws of gravity seem to be defied as the room itself appears to be tilted at an angle.
Museum of Illusions
Source – Museum of Illusions website

4. Indian Air Force Museum

“I am not sure if I am the only one who goes through this, but every time I watch a patriotic movie, I just get so inspired by the militia of India that I start looking for ways to join the forces and make every other country bow down to us. Something like this happened right after I watched the movie URI a while back. But this time around, I did something different. 

I booked a Savaari from Bareilly to see the Indian Air Force Museum in Delhi. I know it’s a little crazy, but it was definitely worth it.  Located in Palam, the museum showcases a remarkable collection of aircraft, weapons, uniforms, and memorabilia that highlight the rich history and achievements of the IAF. From vintage aircraft to modern jets, the Indian Air Force Museum is a treasure trove for aviation enthusiasts. The museums of Delhi always make you feel closer to India. Or if you’re like me, then this might just be the push you need to make the call and join the forces finally.”

Shalini Jain

Address – H4F8+JM4, Palam, New Delhi, Delhi 110010

Timings – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Open days – Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Special exhibits – 

  • Aircraft Collection – The museum features a fascinating display of aircraft from various eras, including vintage planes, fighter jets, transport aircraft, and helicopters. Visitors can marvel at iconic aircraft like the Hawker Hunter, MiG-21, and Gnat.
  • Indoor Galleries – The museum has indoor galleries that offer an immersive experience. These galleries showcase the history of the IAF, including the role played during major conflicts, technological advancements, and achievements. Visitors can explore the extensive collection of photographs, models, weapons, uniforms, and artefacts.
  • Outdoor Display – The outdoor display area is a major highlight of the museum. Here, visitors can witness the grandeur of large aircraft up close. The collection includes transport planes, bomber aircraft, and helicopters that were instrumental in various missions.
  • Flight Simulators – The museum features flight simulators that provide a realistic experience of flying an aircraft. Visitors can enjoy the thrill of being a pilot and understand the complexities of controlling an aircraft.
  • Vintage Vehicles – Apart from aircraft, the museum also houses a collection of vintage vehicles used by the IAF. Visitors can explore the assortment of cars, motorcycles, and utility vehicles that were once an integral part of the Air Force operations.
  • Souvenir Shop – The museum has a souvenir shop where visitors can purchase memorabilia, scale models of aircraft, books, and other Air Force-related merchandise as a memento of their visit.
Air Force Museum, Delhi

5. Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam Memorial 

“As a young girl who has always drawn inspiration from the remarkable life of Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam, visiting the Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam Memorial in Delhi was a deeply moving and unforgettable experience for me. Stepping into the memorial, I was immediately enveloped by a sense of reverence and admiration for the visionary scientist and former President of India.

But what touched me the most was the simplicity and humility that radiated from every corner of the memorial. It felt as if Dr Kalam’s essence permeated the space, reminding me of the values he held dear – integrity, perseverance, and compassion. I left the memorial with a renewed sense of purpose and a determination to follow in his footsteps, striving to make a meaningful impact on society. The museums of Delhi have a way to make you feel at home.”
Kavya Gupta

Address – H6F4+9CW, Dilli Haat, Kidwai Nagar West, Kidwai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023

Timings – 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Open days – Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Special exhibits –

  • The memorial displays the personal belongings of Dr Kalam, including his books, clothes, and spectacles, offering a glimpse into his personal life.
  • A highlight of the museum is the display of various missile models that Dr Kalam played a pivotal role in developing. Like the Agni and Prithvi missiles, showcasing his contributions to India’s defence capabilities.
  • The museum features interactive displays that allow visitors to learn about Dr Kalam’s scientific discoveries, contributions to space research, and vision for a developed India.
  • Engaging multimedia presentations bring Dr Kalam’s speeches to life, allowing visitors to experience his powerful oratory skills and visionary ideas.
  • The memorial includes a library dedicated to Dr Kalam’s favourite books. Offering visitors the opportunity to explore the literature that influenced them and delve into various subjects of interest.
APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial
Source – Tour my India

6. National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy

“I am a design student in the morning. And I volunteer to help women from underprivileged backgrounds make a living by passing on my knowledge to those without access in the evenings. My college recently took us out on a field trip to the National Handicrafts and handlooms museum or the National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy. And it was so inspiring to see the textile collection showcases a variety of exquisite fabrics, including Kalamkaris, Jamawars, and Shahtoosh Shawls. It also features embroidered fabrics like Kanthas, Chikankari works, Chaklas, Tie and Die (Bandhani) fabrics, Baluchar, Phulkaris, Ikat fabrics from Orissa, and more. Additionally, the collection includes tribal textiles from the Lambadi, Toda, and Naga tribes of North-Eastern India.

I thought about how much the women I work with would help from a field trip like this to the museums of Delhi. I spoke to a few people and arranged some money for the entry fee. Subsequently, the next issue was transportation, and that’s when Savaari helped. They allowed me to book a tempo so that all of us could go together. It was a gala time on the bus with laughter, songs and even some dance moves.”

Saiba Parveen

Address – Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Timings – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Open days – Closed on Mondays.

Special exhibits –

  • Textile Gallery – Discover a stunning collection of textiles, including intricate hand-woven sarees, vibrant embroideries, and traditional fabrics representing various regions of India.
  • Terracotta Gallery – Witness the artistry of skilled potters through a display of beautifully crafted terracotta figurines, sculptures, and pottery showcasing different styles and techniques.
  • Metalwork Gallery – Admire the brilliance of Indian metalwork with exhibits featuring exquisite brassware, copperware, silverware, and intricately designed metal sculptures.
  • Tribal and Folk Art Gallery – Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of tribal and folk art with exhibits featuring intricate paintings, masks, sculptures, and crafts representing the cultural diversity of India.
  • Puppetry Gallery – Experience the enchanting world of Indian puppetry with displays of traditional puppets from different states, each reflecting unique storytelling traditions.
  • Village Complex – Step into a recreated rural village setting showcasing traditional dwellings, craft workshops, and live demonstrations of various crafts like pottery, weaving, and more.
  • Hastkala Library – Delve deeper into the world of Indian crafts with access to a comprehensive library that houses books, journals, and research materials on various craft forms.
  • Craft Bazaar – Indulge in some retail therapy at the Craft Bazaar, where you can purchase authentic handcrafted items directly from the artisans, supporting their livelihoods and preserving traditional crafts.
National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy

7.  National Science Centre

“I was in grade 7 and a little bit isolated, somewhat of a “nerd”, as many people would describe me. I was very interested in science, and one day, on my birthday, my dad took me on a day out. He woke me up with breakfast in bed and asked me to get dressed. I got out and saw a cab waiting out front with a chauffeur holding the door. I hoped and waited excitedly for my gift. 

As we got down to the  National Science Centre, it was like someone had taken down notes from my fantasy world and made it, especially for me. Their holographic theatre and The Hall of Nuclear Power were too fantastical. They even have a pre-historic exhibit which really takes you on a journey with you. The museums of Delhi have since been a place of peace for me.”

Dilbagh Singh

Address – Bhairon Marg, Near Gate No.1, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Timings – 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Open days – Open on all days.

Special exhibits –

  • Human Biology Gallery – Discover the intricacies of the human body through interactive models and exhibits that showcase the various systems and organs.
  • Earth Science Gallery – Dive deep into the mysteries of the Earth, explore different types of rocks and minerals, and learn about natural phenomena like earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • Fun Science Gallery – Engage in hands-on activities and experiments that demonstrate scientific principles in a playful and interactive way.
  • Prehistoric Life Gallery – Step back in time and encounter life-sized models of dinosaurs and other ancient creatures that once roamed the Earth.
  • Innovation Hub – Explore the world of innovation and technology through exhibits that highlight the latest advancements in fields such as robotics, renewable energy, and space exploration.
  • Science Park – Venture outdoors to the Science Park, where you can interact with outdoor exhibits and learn about physics, optics, and other scientific concepts through play.
National Science Museum

8. Tribal Museum

“​​Visiting the Tribal Museum in Delhi was an incredibly enriching and eye-opening experience. As I stepped into the museum, I was immediately immersed in the rich and diverse cultures of India’s tribal communities. The exhibits showcased a wide range of artefacts, crafts, artworks, and traditional objects that beautifully represented the tribal heritage and way of life. From intricately woven textiles and vibrant paintings to intricately carved wooden masks and tribal jewellery, each exhibit spoke volumes about the creativity, craftsmanship, and deep-rooted traditions of these indigenous communities. 

It was fascinating to learn about their unique customs, rituals, and belief systems, which were beautifully preserved and presented in the museum. The museum also offered insights into the challenges faced by tribal communities and the efforts being made for the upliftment and preservation of their cultural heritage. Overall, visiting the Tribal Museum was not only a glimpse into the vibrant tapestry of India’s tribal cultures but also a humbling experience that instilled a deeper appreciation for their resilience, artistry, and contributions to our diverse nation. It is one of the most culturally rich museums of Delhi.”

Kelly Martin

Address – 5-1, Link Rd, Jangpura, Block M, Jungpura Extension, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi 110014

Timings – 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Open days – Open on all days.

Special exhibits –

  • Discover a diverse range of tribal art forms, including paintings, sculptures, pottery, and handicrafts, each showcasing the unique artistic traditions of various tribes.
  • Traditional Costumes and Jewelry: Get mesmerised by the colourful and intricately designed traditional costumes and jewellery worn by different tribal communities, reflecting their distinct cultural identities.
  • Explore a collection of traditional musical instruments used by tribal communities, showcasing the vibrant and rhythmic sounds that accompany their dances and celebrations.
  • Learn about the rituals, customs, and spiritual practices of different tribal groups, including their religious artefacts, sacred objects, and symbolic representations.
  • Witness an array of tools, implements, and traditional household items used by tribal communities for daily chores, farming, hunting, and other livelihood activities.
  • Gain insights into the lifestyle and social structure of tribal communities, including their dwellings, food habits, hunting practices, and traditional occupations.
  • Explore the rich oral traditions and folklore of tribal communities through storytelling, folk songs, and legends passed down through generations.
Tribal Museum

9. Shankar’s International Dolls Museum

“Visiting Shankar’s International Dolls Museum in Delhi was a delightful and intriguing experience for both me and my daughter, who had developed a fascination for old dolls after watching the movie “Annabelle.” She kept asking me for a doll like that for her birthday, but the movie gave me jitters, so that wasn’t happening. Instead, I booked a Savaari for a trip to one of the museums in Delhi where she could let her energy out.

As we entered the museum, we were greeted by an incredible collection of dolls from around the world, each with its own unique charm and story to tell. The museum houses an extensive display of dolls representing different cultures, traditions, and historical periods. From meticulously crafted porcelain dolls to vibrant cloth dolls, each exhibit showcased the artistry and craftsmanship behind these miniature masterpieces.”

Sameeksha Dubey

Address – 4, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, near Central Bank, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Nehru House, New Delhi, Delhi 110002

Timings – 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Open days – Closed on Mondays.

Special exhibits –

  • Discover a diverse range of dolls from different countries, representing their traditional costumes, customs, and cultural heritage. From the flamenco dancers of Spain to the geishas of Japan, each doll tells a unique story.
  • Explore a wide variety of dolls from various states of India, showcasing the rich diversity of Indian culture. From the colourful attire of Rajasthan to the intricate sarees of South India, these dolls represent the different traditions and regional identities of the country.
  • Witness the historical dolls that depict important figures and events from different eras. From royal kings and queens to legendary historical figures, these dolls offer a glimpse into the past and provide educational insights.
  • Get a chance to see dolls representing famous personalities from the world of politics, sports, entertainment, and literature. From Mahatma Gandhi to Michael Jackson, these dolls capture the essence of iconic individuals.
  • Engage with interactive displays that allow visitors to learn more about the dolls, their origins, and the cultural significance behind them. These interactive elements add an immersive and educational aspect to the museum experience.

10. Metro Museum 

“My visit to the Metro Museum in Delhi was an incredible journey into the history and marvels of Delhi’s metro system. As I entered the museum, I was greeted by captivating displays that showcased the evolution of the metro, from its inception to the modern-day metro network. The interactive exhibits, informative panels, and life-sized models made the experience engaging and immersive. It was fascinating to learn about the engineering marvels behind the construction of metro lines and the impact of the metro on Delhi’s transportation landscape. Exploring the museum gave me a newfound appreciation for the seamless connectivity and convenience that the metro brings to the city. It was an enriching experience that left me inspired and proud of Delhi’s remarkable metro system.”

Shobhit Kumar

Address – J6F7+8Q9, Patel Chowk Metro station, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Timings – 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Open days – Closed on Mondays.

Special exhibits –

  • Evolution of Metro Systems – Learn about the evolution of metro systems globally and discover how the Delhi Metro came into existence.
  • Miniature Models – Marvel at the intricate and detailed miniature models of metro stations, trains, and infrastructure.
  • Metro Simulator – Experience the thrill of being a metro train operator with a state-of-the-art metro simulator. Get hands-on experience in operating a virtual metro train and understand the complexities involved in running a smooth and efficient metro system.
  • Historical Artifacts – Explore a collection of historical artefacts related to the Delhi Metro. These include early plans, construction equipment, and photographs that depict the challenges faced during its inception. These artefacts offer a glimpse into the metro’s past and the hard work that went into its development.
  • Virtual Reality Experiences – Immerse yourself in virtual reality experiences that simulate the metro ride and offer a glimpse of various metro stations and landmarks in Delhi.
Metro Museum, Delhi

More museums in Delhi you must visit

  1. National Rail Museum
  2. National Police Museum
  3. Sangeet Natak Akademi Museum
  4. Madame Tussauds Delhi
  5. Yuge Yugeen Bharat

Exploring the museums of Delhi is like embarking on a thrilling treasure hunt, where each exhibit holds a piece of history, culture, and art waiting to be discovered. From the grandeur of the National Museum to the enchantment of the National Crafts Museum and the immersive experiences at the Metro Museum and Indian Air Force Museum, Delhi’s museums offer a tapestry of diverse narratives. 

Whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply curious about the world around you, the museums in Delhi promise a journey filled with wonder, knowledge, and endless inspiration. So, grab your museum guide, put on your explorer’s hat, and dive into the captivating world of Delhi’s museums. Book a Savaari in Delhi and get ready to be mesmerised, enlightened, and transported through time and space as you unravel the fascinating stories that make up the rich tapestry of Delhi’s cultural heritage. Happy museum-hopping, and may your adventures in the world of art and history be truly unforgettable!

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Last Updated on January 17, 2024 by Swati Deol

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Being a passionate wanderer and storyteller, Aarushi's love for exploration began during her childhood adventures across India. With a background in teaching, she crafts narratives that intertwine cultural insights she learned and observed with travel experiences. Her articles reflect a deep connection to heritage and an insatiable curiosity about India's diverse landscapes.

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