National Museum of Delhi, Delhi

National Museum of Delhi, Delhi

The National Museum is the second largest museum in Delhi. Brainchild of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the museum was inaugurated by Sri R.C. Rajagopalachari, the first Governor General of Independent India in 1949. Here you will find thousands of exquisite artworks that depict Indian cultural heritage. These art pieces were collected from all over India and across the globe.

The museum contains a great collection of rare coins, costumes, jewelry, terracotta sculptures, statues made of bronze and copper, manuscripts and weapons. You will also find a range of artifacts dating back to the Mauryan Empire, Chola dynasty, Bahmani and Vijaynagar kingdoms. The weapons, costumes and murals of tribal communities can also be found here.

The National Museum comprises of a gallery dedicated to the Indus valley Civilization. Here you can find numerous items excavated from Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro such as seals and tablets. You will gain an in-depth knowledge on the unique town planning methods adopted in these cities. The sculpture of a dancing girl found in the ruins of Mohenjo-Daro is the highlight of this museum.

Do not miss the original copy of Gita Govindha and Baghwath Gita in golden alphabet displayed here. At this museum, you can also find musical instruments invented by the famous poet and musician Amir Khusru.

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Sight Name: National Museum of Delhi
Sight Location: Delhi, India (See walking tours in Delhi)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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