Remnants of the Past-National Museum

Do comment and let me know how many of you were good in history. I have explored this museum with these.

Let’s recall our non-favourite subject. Yes! the most non- favourite history, in which I never scored more than 25 marks out of 50. See how was I so much in history. However, I took a hard decision to go around once again in history. This is only possible with my friends, id I even thought about history I can’t make it all alone but with them. I make it possible once again I jump into the deep history (still not like it so much) only for you.

In this article, we took a close look how our National Museum of India build and what is in the Galleries.

National Museum of India, is the largest museum in New Delhi, India, museum devoted to Indian art history and iconography as well as to Buddhist Studies. The museum was merged with the Asian antiquities museum to bring the treasure of India and central Asia together. The collections include examples of art and archaeology, anthropology, decorative arts, and epigraphy.

Let me share the most important party is entry.

Nearest Metro Station: Uhyog Bhawan

Timing: 10: 00 am to 6: 00 pm (Closed on Monday and national holidays)

Entry Fee: (Adults): INR 20

Foreign National: INR 500

Student up to class 12th: Free entry (With Id Cards).

Note: Following Galleries are closed due to ongoing work of revolution

  1. Arms and Armour
  2. Central Asia Antiquities
  3. Textiles
  4. Jewellery
  5. Pre-Columbian Western Art
  6. Buddhist Art.

Now let me take you to the fascinating building of the Museum

The building of the national museum was designed by the architect Ganesh Bikaji Deolalikar and the foundation stone was laid by the prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on May 12,1995 and inaugurates by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Vice President of India in December 18,1960.

The national museum has three floors with galleries radiating from a central garden court.  


Harappan Gallery

The museum has various form of the harappan civilization also known as the Indus valley civilization. It has the world’s most representative collection of antiques of the harappan civilization over 3500 objects that are on permanent loan from the archaeological survey of India to the museum. 

Most famous among the objects is the dancing girl belongs to the harappan period, Skeleton excavated from Rakhigarhi in Haryana, Terracotta, Bone objects, lvory, semi-precious stones, pottery and jewellery items.

Mayuray, Shunga and Satvahana Arts Gallery

The gallery has objects from the 4th century BCE to the 1st century BCE. It has objects spanning three major dynasties; The Mayuray, Shunga and Satvahana. Projects in the gallery have greek influence characterized by mirror-like finishing. The gallery also houses fragments of railings from various ancient stupas that are craved on with episodes from Buddha’s life.

Kushana Gallery

This gallery has art objects from the kushan period. The major school of arts were the gandhara school of art and the Mathura school of art. The gandhara school had huge influence of greek iconography and the themes were mainly budddha, made in grey schist stone in gandhara school of art and it belongs to the 2nd century CE. This period was the first time when Buddha was shown in physical form.

Gupta Gallery

As the name suggests, this gallery exhibits artefacts from the gupta dynasty. The art of the gupta period presents a high watermark in Indian art. Mathura and sarnath were the main center of artistic activity.

Medieval art gallery

The sculpture from that medieval period is divided into two categories: early and late. The artefacts from the respective periods are divide into two galleries.

Early Medieval Artifacts

This gallery has sculptures ranging from the 7th to 10th centuries. After the fall of the gupta empire, the indian subcontinent was divided and it was controlled by different dynasties in different parts of india like

  • Palas in the east
  • Maitrakas in the west
  • Varadhanas and paratiharas in the north
  • Pallavas, choias and chalukyas in the south

There was a general decline in the artistic quality because of the limited number of master craftsmen and thee large number of temples being built.

Late medieval Artifacts

This gallery has sculptures ranging from the 10th to 13th centuries.

The main artefacts in this gallery are:

  • Sun god
  • Saraswati, the goddness of music, learning and intelligence. Carved in marble, the statue from pallu, rajasthan is a highly sophisticated and delicate work.
Bronze Gallery

The bronze gallery, showcase pioneer works of bronze in Indian art and sculpture. Renovated to present information in a unique and accessible way, the gallery features a striking layout that juxtaposes the sculptures with a detailed description providing context, significance and production processes of the object.

Key highlights of the collections include:

  • Vishnu vaikuntha, Kashmir, Bronze, 9th century Ad
  • Nataraja, chola, Tamil Nadu, 12th century AD
  • Kailya – Mardan Krishna, Early Chola, 10th century AD
  • Siva- Tripurantaka, Early Chola, 9th Century AD
  • Svachchhhanda Bhairavi, Utpala Chamba, Himachal Pardesh, 10th century AD
Tribal Lifestyle of North East India Gallery

The gallery is dedicated to the states of northeast India. The eight states of the northeast are called seven sisters and one brother (Sikkim) states. The eight states have a wealth of cultural handicraft, performing arts and unique tradition. This gallery exhibits traditional artefacts such as dresses, apparels, headgears, ornaments, paintings, basketry, wood carvings, smoking pipes and articles of personal adornments of various tribal groups.

To enjoy Indian architecture, you must not miss this time. Like me, just get your tickets done online or offline and you are all set to be rewarded by the Indian History

Happy Travelling and Stay Safe!!!

1 Comment

  1. A man who has once looked with the archaeological eye will never see quite normally. He will be wounded by what other people call history. It is possible to refine the sense of time until an old shoe in the bunchgrass or a pile of past in one’s head like a hall clock. This blog helped me a lot. She did an excellent job. How rich our heritage is you can check this out.

    Appreciate your efforts and patience here, Shweta

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