The National Museum lies within central Delhi and contains an extensive collection of exhibits, which include various historic sculptures and artefacts from both the Mauryan and Vijayanagar periods, musical instruments, textiles, tribal weapons, Indian manuscripts and some small, but detailed paintings. Expect to spend around half a day exploring this large museum, if you don't want to miss anything.
The largest museum of New Delhi, the National museum at Janpath, offers a unique insight into the history and culture of India. It has a wide array of exhibits, depicting the 5000 years of Indian history. The three floors of the museum offer splendid and priceless pieces of Indian art and sculpture that have been arranged in galleries, according to the period to which they belong. The famous sculpture of Dancing Girl from Mohenjodaro belonging to 2,500 BC, the Moghul period paintings & Arabian manuscripts are some of the prized possessions here.
The silk banners, sculpture and wall paintings that were a part of Sir Aurel Stein's collection in the Central Asian gallery are worth seeing here. A collection of Indian miniature paintings, from Mughal, Rajasthani and Pahari schools, and simple stone Neolithic Tools, dating back to 3,000 -1,500 BC, are simply outstanding. Then, there is shell and bone jewelry belonging to Indus Valley Civilization of Mohenjodaro and Harappa and also the carved pillars and statues of the Mauryan dynasty.
The fine bronze idols, stone sculpture, textiles, coins and tribal art are all exhibited at the National Museum of Delhi. The men love the display of weapons and historical costumes on the third floor, while the display of over 300 musical instruments in the museum awes the music lovers. The more inquisitive ones can also attend the film shows on the art heritage of India on weekdays at 2:30 pm and on weekends at 11:30 am, 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm. The museum remains closed on Mondays.