National Museum

National Museum information

Delhi , India
+91 11 23019272
Getting there
Metro: Central Secretariat
More information
Indian/foreigner ₹10/300, audio guide English, French or German ₹400, Hindi audio guide ₹150, camera Indian/foreigner ₹20/300
Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue-Sun
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Offering a compelling snapshot of India’s last 5000 years, this splendid museum is perfect for a rainy day and not so large that it overwhelms. Exhibits include rare relics from the Harappan Civilisation, antiquities from the Silk Route, a mesmerising collection of miniature paintings (look out for the hand-painted playing cards), woodcarvings, textiles, statues, musical instruments, and an armoury with gruesomely practical weapons and a suit of armour for an elephant.

Allow at least two hours, preferably half a day. Bring identification to obtain an audio guide. Video cameras are prohibited. Next door is the Archaeological Survey of India which stocks publications about India’s main archaeological sites.