The National Museum in Delhi is India's second largest museum that stores variety of objects from the prehistoric era to the modern day works of art and culture. The vast National Museum is being run by the Ministry of Culture, and is located at the turn of Janpath and Maulana Azad Road.
Regarded as one of the premier museums in India, the National Museum in New Delhi was formally inaugurated on 15th August, 1949 by the Governor-General of India, Shri R.C Rajagopalachari. The museum functioned in the Rashtrapati Bhawan during its initial years before the foundation of the present building was laid by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India, on 12th May, 1955. The new building was handed over to the Museum authorities in June 1960 and it formally opened to public on December 18, 1960. The museum is now under the administrative control of the Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
The majestic new building of the National Museum has different forms of art that are displayed elegantly on scientific lines. There are over 2,00,000 works of exquisite art of diverse nature being displayed at the museum. These pieces of art are brought from all over India and across the world and most of them cover over 5,000 years of Indian cultural heritage. In fact, the National Museum is highly regarded for its varied work that is being displayed in its various galleries. Besides, programs like screening of educational films related to art and culture, guided tours, gallery talks and special lectures by the experts and different training programmes that are being arranged in the National Museum has also received laurels from one and all. In addition, access to the reserve collection and the library at the museum are other things, which has received praises for the National Museum.
The exclusive collection at the National Museum covers things like archaeology, arms, armour, decorative arts, jewellery, manuscripts, paintings, and so on. The collection at the National Museum include glimpses of Harappan Civilization in a gallery being jointly set by Archaeological Survey of India and the National Museum, which has a collection of different artifacts from the sites of Harappan civilization.
The Archaeological Galleries has a prestigious collection of approximately 800 sculptures, whereas the gallery on Buddhism takes you through a spiritual journey of Buddhist art and culture. Other collections at the national museum include, Indian Miniature Paintains, Indian Scripts and Coins, the Central Asian Arts Collection, Indian Textiles, Pre-Columbian and Western Art, wood carvings, musical instruments, tribal lifestyle of the North-East region of India, Arms and Armour, Temple Chariot and so on.
The National Museum opens from 10 am to 5 pm everyday except on Mandays. The museum keeps on setting up new Galleries and renovating the old Galleries according to the requirements. Nationial Museum offers audio tour for visitors in English, French, German, Japenese and Hindi languages.