Story of India Seen Through its Magnificent Museums

27th Jan 2015

Calico Museum in Ahmedabad

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A traveller is a curious animal by nature, and wants to experience the pulse of the place. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to visit every monument, landmark and place of significance in a tightly packed trip. That's why museums in India are an excellent way to understand the history, society and culture.

It is a one-stop shop for holistic understanding of a destination before you venture off to specific locations of interest. Here is the list of seven museums that will broaden your understanding of India.

1: National Museum in Delhi

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This is the largest museum in India and spans articles from the pre-historic era to the modern works of art. Jewelry, paintings, armors, decorative, antiquities all find a place here. The priced possession of this museum is the Buddha Stupa, having remnants of Gautam Buddha, constructed in the 3rd century by King Ashoka.

2: India Museum in Kolkata

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Established in 1814, it is one of the oldest museums on the globe. There are rare paintings, skeletons of primitive animals and a collection of 50,000 coins. An Egyptian mummy is another interesting exhibit at the museum.

3:  Rail Museum in Delhi

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This museum contains 100 real life displays of the Indian rails. Some highlights at the museum are antique furnitures, historical photographs, and signalling tools. The toy train offers a fun ride for the visitors and is a favourite among children.

4: Napier Museum in Thiruvananathpuram

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Napier Museum is the keeper of Kerala's rich culture and heritage. It's objet d'art includes chariots and bronze idols of dietes, musical instruments and kathakali puppet models. The musemum is an architectural masterpiece having a gothic roof, and natural air conditioning system.

5: Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad

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This museum is one of the most popular attractions in Hyderabad andrenowned as the largest one-man collection of the world. It contains a fine collection of marble structures, textiles, metallic arts, clocks and lot more from India, China, Egypt and North America.  

6: Calico Museum in Ahmedabad

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Calico museum, situated in a wood-carved Haveli, is right up there with the best textile museums in the world. India's most gorgeous fabrics are on display at this museum. Some of these fabrics were even used by the Mughal rulers.

7:Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai

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A stone's throw from the iconic Gateway of India, the Prince of Whales Museum is divided into three sections: art, archaeology and natural history. There are ancient Indus Valley artifact, Tibetan and Nepali arts on display. Many visitors come here to see the collection of miniature paintings from different art schools in India. 

That's not all! A few other museums worth a visit are Bhau Daj Lad (Mumbai), Hawa Mahal (Jaipur), INS Kurusura Submarine (Vishakhapatnam)and Antropological Museum (Port Blair). Click here to read about some unusual museums. Drop in a line about your experience at these places.  
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Though this list is too short and too picky when it comes to the museums in India and so it has just not worked for me. First of all, the list is shorter than needed and also the information is basically nothing which can actually be used.
Mon 01 11 16, 11:28 · Reply · Report
The indian museums are the images of the whole country and the diversity in its culture, lifestyles, languages and people. You go to folk museums and you will best understand this theory. Sadly, there are no mentions of any folk museums in this whole article.
Mon 01 11 16, 11:09 · Reply · Report
I wished you had written about a few more museums, at least five more. I have been following so many of your posts and this one was a little disappointment for me. I mean a few more details would have just made this article so perfect with the colours of the best Indian museums.
Mon 01 11 16, 09:47 · Reply · Report
Well might take this as the top 5 indian museums but the list could be made a little longer. The photographs are really beautiful but again some more would be really nice. Your style of writing is always very nice but this particular article for me is a bit incomplete.
Sun 01 10 16, 23:39 · Reply · Report
Hi Anmol, nice attempt and it is more like a picture story for me because the writing is like so less about the museums in India. Well a little more details about each of them would have been really nice at least for readers like me. Also, a few more pictures would have been great too.
Sun 01 10 16, 10:48 · Reply · Report
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