Natural History Museum
The museum at Federation House, Tansen Marg has a rich collection of stuffed animals and birds of the pre-historic times. It also conducts regular film shows and illustrated lectures on wild life and conservation for children.
The museum is open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm. There is no entry fee.
Timings for the film show - 11-30 to 15-30.
It show cases the most comprehensive collections of Indian art and artefacts. Spread over three spacious floors, it provides a comprehensive review of ethnological objects from the pre-historic archaelogical finds to the late medieval period.
The collections of Indus Valley Civilization, Brahminical, Jain and Buddhist sculptural antiques can be viewed here. The colourful paintings of the Mughals, Rajputs and the Deccans are praiseworthy. Octogonal mini Quran, Babamama in Babar's handwriting, Jahangir's diary, over 300 varieties of musical instruments, textiles, an anthropoligical section and a handicrafts gallery enriches the museum. It also houses relics exacavated in Delhi region.
Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum
The official residence of Mrs. Gandhi at 1, Safdurjung Road has been converted into a memorial. The museum houses some personal belongings, a collection of family photographs and photographs covering the nationalist movement. The exact spot of her assisination in 1984 is also marked here.
National Gallery of Modern Art
Located in Jaipur House, near India Gate, this gallery was originally the palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur.
There are over 15,000 paintings, sculptures and graphics which are exhibited from time to time. The works of modern Indian artists like Gagaendranath Tagore, Nanadalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Amrita Shergil and others are on display. In the gardens of this gallery works of the best Indian sculptors is displayed.
The gallery also houses a well catalogued library and a sales counter where reproductions, catalogues, picture post cards and posters can be purchased.
As per the plan and design of Robert Tor Russel, this structure was the residence of the British Commander-in-chief. Since India got its independence in 1947, it was converted as the residence of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.After his death in 1964, it was converted into a museum.
This museum has a research library. The terraced rose garden looks beautiful in full bloom. During the tourist season, a light and sound show depicting his life and the independence movement is held.
At Jawaharjyoti Garden, the historical speech on 15th August, 1947,- the eve of India's independence has been inscribed in stone.
Shankar's International Dolls Museum was founded in 1954. More than 6000 varieties of dolls representing almost 85 countries of the world are on display in the museum.1/3rd of the total dolls depict Indian culture and lifestyle.
A dolls design centre here attracts toy makers from all over the world. The B.C. Roy Children's Library also located here offers a wide selection of books and a play corner for children.
National Rail Museum
Located in south of Delhi close to the diplomatic area of Chanakayapuri, it traces through the 140 year old history of the Indian Railways. The museum, spread over a ten acre area, is the first of its kind in India.
The indoor museum is highly informative and exhibits a wide range of interesting objects.Centre of attraction, are a collection of 26 vintage locomotives, 17 quaint carriages and saloons and a complete armoured train parked outside.The other highlights include the Fairy Queen of 1885,(the oldest working steam locomotive), the luxury saloon of the Prince of Wales(1876)(the carriage in which the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were carried) and the saloon of the Maharaja of Mysore, made of teak wood and covered with ivory
A toy train going around the yard is also visible here.
Timings: Summer-08.30 am to 11.30 am and 04.00 pm to 05.30 pm
Winter: 09.00 am to 05.30 pm
Closed every Monday.