The National Museum in New Delhi 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
The museum is situated on the corner of Janpath and
Maulana Azad Road.
The museum has 200,000 works of art, both of Indian and
foreign origin, covering over 5,000 years.
It also houses the National Museum Institute of History of
Arts, Conservation and Museology established in 1983
A Deemed University since 1989.
Run Masters and Doctoral level courses in History of
Art, Art Conservation and Art restoration.
The National Museum begin with an exhibition of Indian art
and artifacts at the Royal Academy in London 1947-48.
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. On 15
The National Museum was formally inaugurated by the
Governor-General of India, Chakravarti Rajagopalachari. At
that time, it was decided that until a permanent home could
be found for the collection, it would continue to be housed at
the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The present museum building was laid by Jawaharlal Nehru,
then Prime Minister of India, on 12 May 1955.
The building was formally opened to the public on 18
Today the museum is administered and funded by the
Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource
The museum has in its possession over 200,000 works
of art, of both Indian and foreign origin, covering more
than 5,000 years of Indian cultural heritage.
Its rich holdings of various creative traditions and
disciplines which represents a unity amidst diversity,
an unmatched blend of the past with the present and
strong perspective for the future, brings history to life.
The Buddhist art section has a most known for sacred
relics of the Buddha (5th-4th century B.C.) unearthed
from Piprehwa,Basti district.
covers archaeology, arms, armour, decorative
arts, jewellery, manuscripts, paintings, etc.
A dancing Balakrishna Head of Buddha Children's toy from
Chola 12th century
Buddha in the Art