Famous and Peculiar Museums in India to visit on your next trip

“Don’t go to a museum with a destination. Museums are wormholes to other worlds.” 
These are the words of Jerry Saltz, a revered columnist and art critic. He has rightly described museums as portals that take us on journeys across time and unveil for us the secrets of other ages. Now India is a country rich in heritage, and museums dotting its landscape are a peek into these treasures. With 2019 International Museum Day just around the corner, we bring you a list of famous museums in India that you can visit for an insight into the cultural treasures of the country. Some peculiar and strange museums have also been added to this list. Check these out.

Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian-Museum,-Kolkata

Indian Museum is one of the best museums to visit in India. Also one of the oldest museums in the country, it boasts one of the most extensive collections you can find, depicting the history of India from prehistoric times to very recent. It has sections devoted to industry, art, zoology, archaeology, ethnology and art. Carpets, pottery, glass, textiles and statues belonging to various Asian civilisations among other things are artefacts you can admire on your visit.

Timings: Tuesday to Friday – 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday – 10:00 am to 08:00 pm

Closed on: Mondays

Entry fee for adults: Rs. 50

Nearest metro station: Park Street (450 m)

National Rail Museum, New Delhi

Rail Museum in Delhi

The first-of-its-kind museum in India, National Rail Museum has the largest collection of railways and related artefacts in the country. It displays locomotives as well as coaches from various states of the Indian subcontinent. The museum has something for people of all ages. From riding different trains to coming across artefacts of the history of railways in India, you can do it all here.

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (entry closes at 4:30 pm)

Closed on: Mondays

Entry fee for adults: Rs. 50 for weekdays and ₹100 for weekends

Nearest metro station: Sir Vishweshwaraiah Moti Bagh (1.6 km)

Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad

Calico-Museum-of-Textiles,-Ahmedabad

Calico Museum of Textiles is among the must-see museums in India. The Sarabhai Foundation galleries that are comprised of Calico Museum of Textiles it is among the most celebrated such institutions in the world. Its highlights include Pichhwai, bronze, Indian miniature paintings, Jain art and more.

Timings: 10.15 am to 12.30 pm and 2.45 pm to 4.30 pm

Closed on: Wednesdays

Entry fee: Nil

Nearest bus stop: Shahibaug Underbridge (140 m)

Sulabh International Museum of Toilet, Delhi

Sulabh-International-Museum-of-Toilet,-Delhi

Sulabh is counted among the most famous international museums in India. Needless to say, it is quite a peculiar place and you may have already guessed from the name. It is all things toilet. The founder of this museum, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak has put a chronological account of all things related to toilet.

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Closed on: Sunday

Entry fee: Nil

Nearest metro station: Dashrathpuri (550 m)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

Chhatrapati-Shivaji-Maharaj-Vastu-Sangrahalaya,-Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is a sight to behold from outside and within. While the Indo-Saracenic architecture of the edifice impresses at first sight, the impressive collection appeases as you step in. Founded in the early 20th century, it is also one of the oldest museums in India. It has a remarkable collection of about 50000 artefacts encompassing everything from bronzes, miniature paintings and sculptures to terracotta’s, porcelain and ivory.

Timings: 10:15 am to 6:00 pm

Closed on: Open all days

Entry fee for adults: Rs. 85

Nearest bus stop: Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Chowk (200 m)

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Archaeological Museum, Ahmedabad

Archaeological Museum is one of the unique museums in India. While others bring artefacts to you, this one takes you to a historical site where you can behold a living piece of history. It is one of the most excavated sites belonging to the Harappan civilisation. The site dates back almost 4500 years, giving you an insight into the local way of life during that time.

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Closed on: Friday

Entry fee for adults: Rs. 5

Naval Aviation Museum, Goa

Naval-Aviation-Museum,-Goa

Naval Aviation Museum in Goa is the Smithsonian Museum of India, loved by adults and children both. On your next Goa trip, pay a visit to the museum and learn about the naval aviation history. Swathes of historians and aviation enthusiasts flock to the museum every year to admire its incredible collection.

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Closed on: Mondays

Entry fee for adults: Rs. 30

National Museum, Delhi

National-Museum,-Delhi

Delhi is a hub of museums that offer a glimpse into the rich history of India and a part of this list is the famed National Museum, which is among the largest and most popular museums in India. Its collection includes everything from arms, armours and decorative pieces to jewellery, manuscripts and paintings. You will surely be astonished by the magnificent collection that the National Museum in Delhi holds.

Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Closed on: Mondays

Entry fee for adults: Rs. 20

Nearest metro station: Udyog Bhawan (900 m)

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Jawahar Toy Museum, Pondicherry

Jawahar-Toy-Museum,-Pondicherry

If you like toys and everything fluffy and cuddly, then Jawahar Toy Museum should be at the top of your list of places to visit in Pondicherry. As you may have already guessed, the place is a hit among children and thus makes for a great site to visit during family outings. It has dozens and dozens of dolls collected from different parts of the country. Calling it one of the cutest museums in India, would not be an overstatement.

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Closed on: Mondays

Entry fee for adults: Nil

Nearest bus stop: GH (550 m)

Shankar’s International Doll Museum, Delhi

international doll museum

Shankar’s International Doll Museum is a place that you would love to visit with your entire family. It is among the most popular museums in India among kids. This paradise for children is home to more than 6000 dolls curated from over 85 countries. The sheer number of dolls and their variety will leave you awe-struck when you visit this museum.

Timings: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Closed on: Monday

Entry fee for adults: Rs. 15

Nearest metro station: ITO (2 m)

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May 18 is observed every year as International Museum Day. With 2019 International Day just around the corner, we urge you to break the misconception of museums being boring and pay a visit to one of these. You can book your cheap flight tickets and hotels with HappyEasyGo and celebrate the International Museum Day in a grand fashion.