What you will see in the museum safari
The guided city tour begins with a visit to THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART, where you get to see works of modern art from the mid 19th century onward. It has a wonderful collection of around 15000 paintings, sculptors and works of art by Indian as well as international artists.
The second visit in the guided city tour is at the CRAFTS MUSEUM. It has a fine collection of tribal art, folk art, textiles, bronze images, stone carvings, terracotta, cane and bamboo work from different regions of India.
The museum safari comes to a crescendo with a visit to THE NATIONAL MUSEUM. It is the biggest museum of India holding a variety of articles ranging from pre-historic era to the modern work of art. The collection covers archaeology, arms, armour, decorative arts, manuscripts and paintings.
Significance of each visit
The National Gallery of Modern Art
Situated at the end of Rajpath, in the Central Hexagon around the India Gate, the building was a former residential palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur, hence known as Jaipur House. The butterfly-shaped building with a central dome and built in 1936, and designed by Sir Arthur Bloomfield, after the construction of Lutyens' Delhi. The Central Hexagon around the India Gate, where the buildings of leading princely states, was itself designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Its collection of more than 14,000 works includes works by artists such as Thomas Daniell, Raja Ravi Verma, Abanindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil as well as foreign artists, apart from sculptures by various artists. Some of the oldest works preserved here date back to 1857. With 12,000 square meters of exhibition space, the Delhi branch is one of the world's largest modern art museums. (Wikipedia)
National Crafts Museum in New Delhi is one of the largest crafts museums in India. It is run by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The museum is situated on the corner of the Pragati Maidan, facing the Purana Qila complex.
It was set up over a period of 30 years starting in the 1950s and 60s by the efforts of the renowned freedom fighter late Smt Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay, when the area was envisaged as an ethnographic space where craftsmen from various parts of India would come in to work towards preservation of various traditional arts and crafts. By the 1980s it already had a substantial collection, and in time the museum space gradually evolved and transformed into its present shape. (Wikipedia)
The National Museum
The National Museum in New Delhi, also known as the National Museum of India, is one of the largest museums in India. Established in 1949, it holds variety of articles ranging from pre-historic era to modern works of art. It functions under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The museum is situated on the corner of Janpath and Maulana Azad Road. The blueprint of the National Museum had been prepared by the Gwyer Committee set up by the Government of India in 1946. The Museum has around 200,000 works of art, both of Indian and foreign origin, covering over 5,000 years.
The roots of the National Museum begin with an exhibition of Indian art and artefacts at the Royal Academy in London in the winter of 1947-48. At the end of the London exhibition, the exhibition curators had decided to display the same collection intact in India before returning the artefacts to their individual museums. The Indian exhibition was shown at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in 1949, and was so successful that it led to the decision to form a permanent National Museum. (Wikipedia)
Map of the guided Museum tour of Delhi
What is included in the Museum Safari
- A private air-conditioned vehicle
- Service of an English speaking expert guide on private basis
- Complimentary mineral water for consumption during the tour
What is not included in the Museum Safari
- Entrance Fee
- Camera Fee
- Any other item not mentioned under ‘Inclusions’
- You will be collected from and dropped off at your hotel (within 15km radius of Connaught Palace in the heart of Delhi)
- Duration of the trip is 5-6 hours (from pickup to drop off)
- Best time to do this experience is between 10AM and 5PM
- Earliest time to start the tour: 10AM IST
- Latest time to start the tour: 12PM IST
Cost of the Museum Safari
- INR 7491 (Adult 12+ years)
- INR 3745 (Children 5 to 11 years)
Things to know about the guided city tour
- The trip should be booked at least 3 days prior (excluding weekends)
- For any entrance fee or camera fee, please pay directly (our guide will assist you in buying any entry tickets, if applicable)
- After you book the experience a voucher will be generated and sent to your email ID. The voucher will have all the information – including contact details of the experience provider
- A 'No Show' will result in No Refund Museums are closed on Mondays and National Holidays