Museums around Connaught Place in Delhi


National Museum – Janpath, Ph: 23019272/9352 Timing: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday closed. Features: * Collection of antique crafts, store carvings and artefacts. *Maritime heritage gallery set up by Indian Navy, Guided tours. *Films on the art and heritage of India are shown on Sat.-Sun.

National Science Centre- Pragati Maidan Gate No.1 Ph: 23371263/1893. Timings: 10.00 apm. to 5.30 p.m.

National Museum of Natural History – FICCI Building, ansen Marg, Near Bengali Market, Ph: 23314849 Timing: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Features: *Stress on ecology. *Earth’s natural resources on display. *Activity rooms for Children. *Film shows from 11 am.m. – 3 p.m. (Monday closed)

Nehru Memorial Museum and Planetarium- Teen Murti House, Ph: 23016734 Timing: (Planetarium) School programmes: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Regular shows: Hindi Shows – 1.30 p.m. & 4 p.m. English Show – 11.30 am. & 3 p.m. Additional shows on Sundays and holidays in Hindi – 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 pm. (Monday Closed) Features:* Exhibition of pictures and belongigs of Nehru. *Memorabilia of an Nehru. * Replica of the British crown. * Books for children on sale at the counter.

National Philatelic Museum Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg – Ph.: 23036447, 230362727. Timing: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday Closed) Features:* Reare stamps. *First day covers and special collections. *Counter for sale of stamps from all over the world.

Parliament Museum – It is a high-tech interactive story-telling museum depicting the continuum of India’s democratic heritage through sound-light-video-synchronization, large screen interactive computer multi-media and immense visualization with multi-screen panoramic projections. Entry is regulated with fixed 90 minute tours. Closed on Sunday, Monday and public holidays. Entry ticket of Rs. 10 free entry for school-children. Children below 10 years are not allowed. For details call: 23035326/5318

Red Fort Museum of Arms and Weapons – Red Fort, Ph: 23273703, Timing: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., (Mon, Closed) Features: *Displays chronologial development of arms and armour from the Mughal period till the first world war.

Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Musical Instruments Gallery – Rabindra Bhawan, Ferozshah Road Ph: 23387246, Timing: 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sat. & Sun. Closed) Features: * A large archive of audio and video tapes, photographs and films. *Video tapes, photographs and films and performing art. *A library. *A gallery of musical instruments.

Sant Nirankari Mission – A State-of-art audio-visual experience at the “museum with a difference”. Take the spiritual journey of man from darkness into eternal light with the Sant Nirankari Mission. Free entry. Open everyday, except Monday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Burari Road, North Delhi.

Shankar’s Inter-national Dolls Museum – Nehru House, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Ph: 23316970 – 74 Timing: 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Features: *Display of dolls from all over the world. * Doll designing centre and workshop.

Supreme Court of India Museum – It gives an insight into the history of the country’s legal system including rock tables of the Ashokan era, coins and sculptures. Wigs and other things used by British judges and documents apart from other things can be seen. Closed on Monday and other holidays of the Supremem Court office. Entry free, photography not allowed. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tibet House Museum – 1 – Institutional Area, Lodhi Road Ph.: 24611515 (Sat. & Sun. Closed) Timing: 9.30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Features: *A collection of painted scrolls depicting the life of Buddha. *Old currency notes, head pieces, prayer objects and musical instruments on display. *A Library. *An emporium.

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