Top Popular Museums in India

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1. Napier Museum

Constructed in the 19th century, Napier Museum is the oldest museum perched in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. It has got its name from Lord Napier, who was the Governor of Madras. It houses a great collection of historic artifacts such as the kathakali puppets models, musical instruments, Kerala chariots and bronze idols of gods and goddess. Paying a visit to the Napier Museum will give a glimpse of rich culture and history of Kerala.

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2. National Museum

One of the largest museums of India, National Museum has diverse articles from the magnificent ancient era. It was constructed in 1949 on the corner of Janpath in the lively city of Delhi. It is a best place to visit as one gets to know about the luxury coaches of trains, which were a long time back used by the great kings. It houses a variety of collections that include jewelry, paintings, armors, decorative arts and manuscripts. There is also a Buddhist section where one can find head of a Buddha statue, and Buddha Stupa having remnants of Gautam Buddha, constructed in 3rd century BCE by Sovereign Ashoka.

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3. Indian Museum

Established in 1814 by Asiatic society of Bengal in Kolkatta, Indian Museum has a unique collection of armors, skeletons, Mughal paintings and ornaments. It possesses six sections containing five galleries of creative and scientific work of arts that is archaeology, geology, economic beauty and art. Being one of the oldest museums in the globe, it is one of the most sought after places of India that one must not give a miss on holidays in Kolkata.

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4. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

An ancient museum that displays the decorative arts collection of 19th century, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum was opened for the public on May 2, 1872 and that time it was known as Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibits at this museum are gratifying and give a reflection of life in Mumbai in Nineteenth century. Some of the collections include historical photographs, clay models, maps and costumes.

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5. Calico Museum

One of the most admired tourist attractions in the city of Ahmedabad, Calico Museum was started by Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira Sarabhai in the year 1949. It has a mind-blowing collection of fabrics ranging from pre-historic cloth paintings to the gorgeous Indian fabrics; one will definitely be fascinated by the spectacular work of art displayed at the calico Museum. The textiles that have been put on display were once used by the Mughal rulers of ancient times. And these are well taken care by the authorities.

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6. Government Museum

Also hailed as Madras Museum, Government Museum is positioned in Egmore, which is among the busiest spots of Chennai. It was established in 1851 and exhibits different varieties pertaining to geology, zoology and anthropology and botany. The museum has excellent sections showcasing the main south Indian times encompassing, Chaulkyas, Chola and Vijaynagar. There are separate sections for children also. Moreover, one can have a glimpse at the different collection of books from yesteryear at the well stocked library.

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7. National Rail Museum

The National Rail Museum has a great collection of more than 100 genuine size displays of Indian Railways. It is situated in Chanakyapuri over an area of 10 acres of land. There is a toy train that tenders rides of the site on daily basis. Some of the other collections put on sight are antique furnitures, working models, historical photographs, signaling tools and more. Except for Monday, the tourists can visit the museum from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

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8. Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum Mumbai

Positioned in proximity to the Gateway of India, Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum Mumbai was erected in the starting of the 20th century. It comprises of three main sections such as the archeology section, natural history section and art section. Each section shows a variety of work of arts dating back to Gupta and Chaulkyas era.

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9. Salar Jung Museum

An art museum situated in the beautiful city of Hyderabad, Salar Jung Museum contains a collection of paintings, textiles, metallic artifacts, clocks and carvings from various countries like China, North America, Egypt, Nepal, Europe, Burma and India. It got acknowledged as an institution of National importance by the Indian Parliament. The museum remains open all day except for Friday from 10 am to 5 pm.

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10. Shankar’s International Dolls Museum

Displaying the largest collection of dolls from wide and far in the beautiful city of Delhi, Shankar’s International Dolls Museum has two sections exhibiting more than 160 glass cases from New Zealand, Africa, India and Australia. Moreover, the collection of dolls have been divided into two sections; one section consists of the dolls gathered from New Zealand, UK, USA, commonwealth of independent states while the other one comprises of dolls gathered from Middle East, India, Asian countries and Africa. In addition to dolls displaying different countries, the visitors can also have a glimpse of various collections of costumes dolls, representing Indian dances and traditions, pairs of bride and groom etc.

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