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National Museum

The National Museum in Delhi is one of the largest museums in India. Blueprints for the Museum were prepared in 1946 and the collection was inaugurated on the 15th of August by the Governor-General of India, Shri R.C. Rajagopalachari in Rashtrapati Bhavan. The construction of the present building began on 12th May, 1955, when the foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. The Museum opened on December 18th 1960, a repository of over 5000 years of history.

The National Museum houses a collection of over 200,000 rare and beautiful works of art including miniature paintings, wood carvings, embroidery, jewellery, murals, manuscripts and many more. It holds artefacts from every period in Indian history, from the Harappan Civilization, to the Mauryans, the Guptas, the Vijayanagar era, the Gandharas to the Mughals. Weapons, Buddhist antiques, musical instruments, old coins and armour are among the many notable objects on display. The most famous exhibits are the memoirs of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir and the renowned Dancing Girl, a bronze statue found in Mohenjo Daro and famed throughout the world for its craftsmanship. The Museum is a popular location for tourists and locals, and receives over 7 million visitors every year.

The National Museum can be found in New Delhi, on the corner of Janpath and Maulana Azad Road.


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