To many, museums may pass off as one of the most boring places to visit. But little do they know that the amount of information and treasure found within the four walls of these structures are priceless. Some of the museums are well known for their exhibits, whilst some are not known to others.
The rich cultural heritage of India from a bygone era are all preserved in museums. If you think museums in the country are dull and boring, visit some of these popular museums which are old and new and gain knowledge about almost everything, from the bloody partition of India to the progression of transport in India along with the evolution of textiles and much more.
1. Don Bosco Centre For Indigenous Cultures – Shillong
With 17 galleries, this huge and well-planned museum promotes the indigenous and tribal cultures of Northeast India. The museum is spread across seven floors with every floor having a different theme, from agriculture, food, religion, weapons, clothing and much more.
The topmost floor has a skywalk which offers a breathtaking, panoramic view of Shillong. There is also a restaurant which serves traditional Northeast cuisines.
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2. Tribal Museum – Bhopal
Opened in June 2013, the Tribal Museum celebrates the tribal culture of Madhya Pradesh. The museum displays artifacts which are created by the tribal artists who are members of various tribes from the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.
The museum has galleries which depict tribal life, their aesthetics and the religious beliefs etc., that are all kept alive by making use of creativity and artistic expression. It is one of those places which would transport you to the magical land of a tribal village.
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3. DakshinaChitra Museum – Chennai
Opened in December 1996, the museum is a project of the Madras Craft Foundation which features a collection of 18 pure ancestral homes from across South India. Each structure has been transported and rebuilt in the museum premises. Along with the structures one can find an exhibition of the lifestyle of a particular community who lived in one of these homes.
4. Jaisalmer War Museum – Jaisalmer
Visit this museum to learn more about the Indian Army, the martyrs of the Indo - Pakistan war of 1965 and the Battle of Longewala which was fought in the year 1971. The museum is the brain child of Lieutenant General Bobby Mathews and was opened in August 2015.
It has two large display halls, an audio visual room, souvenir shop, and a cafeteria. Up for viewing are numerous war trophies, vintage equipment, tanks, guns and military vehicles. One of the highlights is a Hunter aircraft used by the Indian Air Force during the Battle of Longewala.
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5. Calico Museum Of Textiles – Ahmedabad
The museum was set up in 1949 at Calico Mills, in the heart of Ahmedabad's flourishing textile industry, by industrialist Gautam Sarabha and his sister Gira Sarabhai. Visit this museum, which has an enormous collection of traditional Indian textiles, some even dating back 500 years.
The ornate chauk features the main galleries with court textiles of Mughal and provincial rulers from the 15th - 19thcenturies, regional embroideries of the 19th century, carpets, costumes, and a display of India's textile trade with the world.
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6. Heritage Transport Museum – Gurugram
Opened in late 2013, the museum showcases the evolution of transport in India. A private museum which was conceived by vintage car collector Tarun Thakral, who included his collection in the museum's expansive display.
Expect to see all kinds of transport such as howdahs, bullock and goat carts, palanquins, vintage scooters, aircraft, boats, trains, and unusual contraptions used in rural India.
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7. Partition Museum – Amritsar
The Partition Museum was opened in October 2016 with the aim of recording and preserving the experiences of those affected by the 1947 Partition of India. One of the highlights is the Gallery of Hope, which tells inspiring stories of people who crossed over to India with nothing and managed to build successful businesses.
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8. Victoria Memorial Hall – Kolkata
An extensive fine art history museum with 25 galleries, displaying a collection of 3,900 paintings and more than 28,000 artifacts is the Victorial Memorial Hall. The memorial was constructed during the height of British reign in India in memory of Queen Victoria.
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9. Gandhi Smriti – Delhi
Dedicated to Gandhi, the Gandhi Smriti is located in the building where he spent the last 144 days of his life before he was assassinated on January 30, 1948. The room where he stayed has been preserved and contains a number of his personal belongings, including his glasses and his walking stick. Visitors can also see the place in the back garden where he was shot, now marked with a Martyr's Column.
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10. City Palace Museum – Udaipur
The museum is housed within a series of palaces, dating as far back as 1559, that you can walk through. Its exhibits include priceless royal memorabilia such as silverware, musical instruments, family photographs and portraits, artwork, and weapons.
The Mewar royal family have converted much of their Udiapur City Palace Complex into a world-class museum, and it's a remarkable place to immerse yourself in with India's regal history and heritage.
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