Each year since 1977, we are celebrating International Museum Day across the globe on May 18th, intending to get connected to the History of our culture, heritage, humanity, art, and many more things which give us a chance to live in that era when this was all present.
Each year since 1977, we are celebrating International Museum Day across the globe on May 18th, intending to get connected to the History of our culture, heritage, humanity, art, and many more things which give us a chance to live in that era when this was all present. Museums are one of the greatest ways to live in history by being in present and gaining as much as you can from extraordinary and never-ending knowledge from it. So, this year the theme for International Museum Day is "The Power of Museums".
There are so many great museums in the world that are full of rich culture and history, pack with great knowledge. Speaking of which, In India also we have approximately 1,000 museums as India is one of those countries having rich cultural and historical mysteries.
Here are the top 5 most famous museums in India.
1) NATIONAL MUSEUM, DELHI
It is located on Janpath, New Delhi.
Established in 1949
One of the largest museums in India
It depicts history from the days of Mohenjodaro and Harappan civilizations to modern times.
It exhibits arms and weapons used by great Indian Kings over the centuries
Witness artifacts of the Mughal era and Indus Valley Civilisation
Find remnants of Gautam Buddha, constructed by Sovereign Ashoka.
in the 3rd century BCE.
One of the most visited Museums in India.
2) THE INDIAN MUSEUM, KOLKATA
It is located on Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal
Established in 1814
It is the largest museum in India
It is the 9th oldest museum in the World and 1st oldest in India
Total of six sections having 35 galleries
Some of the must-visit galleries are - The palaeo-anthropology gallery, Mughal painting gallery, coins gallery, mask gallery, musical instrument gallery, etc.
Witness scientific and creative work of art that is Archaeology and Geology, art, Anthropology, Botany, and Zoology.
Experience marvelous displays together with an Egyptian mummy.
It is a not to miss the place if you are in Kolkata.
3) SALAR JUNG MUSEUM, HYDERABAD
It is located in Darulshifa, Hyderabad, Telangana
Established in 1951
The Indian Parliament acknowledged this museum as an institution of national importance.
This museum showcases over 1.1 million artifacts and art pieces - all collected by Salar Jung III himself.
Salar Jung collected metallic artifacts, paintings, textiles, clocks, and carvings from several countries like China, Egypt, North America, Burma, Nepal, Europe, and India.
Not to miss things are- The clock room, Quran collection, paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Tipu Sultan's wardrobe, Aurangzeb's daggers, and antiques from the Mughal era.
4) CALICO MUSEUM OF TEXTILES, AHMEDABAD
Located in Shahibag, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Established in 1949
Started by Gira Sarabhai and her brother Gautam Sarabhai
It is considered one of the finest textile museums in the world.
It has an incredible collection of clothes ranging from pre-historic fabric paintings explaining the extraordinary talent of ancient people.
It beautifully represents ancient clothes and textiles made in India during the Mughal era.
Also, witness the progress of the textile industry in India.
5) CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ VASTU SANGRAHALAYA, MUMBAI (THE PRINCE OF WHALES MUSEUM)
Located in Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Established in 1922
It was designed by George Witte.
This museum is a beautiful blend of Hindu, Islamic, and British architecture.
It has three sections - Art, Archaeology, and Natural history section
The museum has the sculpture, old firearms, rare coins, and a collection of antiques from the Indus Valley Civilization, Gupta, and Chalukyas eras.
It also showcases the ancient Indian weapons of war.
Conclusion: There are more such great Museums in India like Government Museum, Chennai, National Rail Museum, Delhi, Shankar's International Dolls Museum, Delhi, Napier Museum, Thiruvananthapuram, HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum, Bengaluru, etc who contribute equally to preserving the History and educating the society.