Forest Research Institute Museum

sights / Architecture

Forest Research Institute Museum information

Prices
admission ₹10, guide ₹50
Opening hours
9.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri
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Lonely Planet review

The prime attraction of this museum is the building itself. Set in a 5-sq-km park, the institute – where most of India’s forest officers are trained – is larger than Buckingham Palace and is a grand remnant of the Raj era. Built between 1924 and 1929, this red-brick colossus has Mughal towers, perfectly formed arches and Roman columns in a series of quadrangles edged by elegant cloisters. Six huge halls have displays on Indian forestry that look like leftovers from a middle-school science fair. Highlights include beautiful animal, bird and plant paintings by Afshan Zaidi, exhibits on the medicinal uses of trees, and a cross-section of a 700-year-old deodar tree. A return autorickshaw from the city centre, including waiting time, costs around ₹250. Or take vikram 6 from Connaught Place and get out at the institute’s entry gate.