Organization - National Museum-New Delhi

National Museum-New Delhi
Basic Information
English National Museum-New Delhi
Local language
Country India
Category Government Agency Museum
Domain Oral Traditions and Expressions
Performing Arts
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Function Research
Education and Training
Established year 1960
  • To collect art objects of historical, cultural and artistic significance for the purpose to display, protection, preservation and interpretation (research).
  • To disseminate knowledge about the significance of the objects in respect of history, culture and artistic excellence and achievements
  • To serve as cultural center for enjoyment and interaction of the people in artistic and cultural activity
  • To serve as epitome of national identity

The blueprint for establishing the National Museum in Delhi was prepared by the Maurice Gwyer Committee in May 1946. An exhibition of India Art, consisting of selected artifacts from various museums of India was organized by the Royal Academy, London with the cooperation of Government of India and Britain. The Exhibition went on display in the galleries of Burlingston House, London during the winter months of 1947-48. It was decided to display the same collection in Delhi, before the return of exhibits to their respective museums. An exhibition was organized in the Rashtrapati Bhawan New Delhi in 1949, which turned out to be a great success. This event proved responsible for the creation of the National Museum.

On August 15, 1949, the National Museum, New Delhi, was inaugurated in the Rashtrapati Bhawan by Shiri R.C. Rajagopalachari, the Governor-General of India. The foundation of the present building was laid by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India, on May 12, 1995. The first phase of the National Museum building was inaugurated by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the Vice President of India, on December 18, 1960. The second phase of the building was completed in 1989.

The Museum presently holds approximately 2,000,000 objects of a diverse nature, both Indian as well as foreign, and its holdings cover a time span of more than five thousand years of Indian cultural heritage. The Museum is constituted of several departments which include Archaeology, Anthropology, Arms and armor etc. In addition, there are non-collection sections as well handling different tasks in the museum, which are Education, Exhibition, Display, Publication and Modelling Section. The museum houses a large collection of books, journals on a variety of themes such as anthropology, archaeology, conversation, decorative arts, history, literature, museum studies, painting, philosophy and religion.

In addition, Anubhav is a special tactile gallery that aims to expand access for all visitors, particularly visitors with disabilities. The Gallery has been developed with the help of UNESCO, Saksham (an NGO working with blind persons), Open Knowledge Community (OKC), Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi(IIT) and the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled(NPRD).

It has on display 22 tactile replicas of museum objects, carefully chosen from the vast collection of National Museum by its curators representing 5000 years of Indian art. The idea is to provide a rich and engaging experience to visitors aesthetically, historically and intellectually. The objects range from archaeological finds, sculptures, tactile impressions of painting, utilitarian objects, ethnographic objects and decorative arts.

Major Activities
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Education programs
  • Conference and seminars
  • Lecture series
  • Guided Walks
  • Disabled Friendly Events
Contact Information (Organization)
Address National Museum, Jan Path, New Delhi - 110011
Tel 011-23019272

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