India is absolutely incomplete without history. It is one country that is very rich in terms of history which eventually lead to the rich culture. Hundreds and thousands of years ago, legendary things happened in India which created some amazing stories. It’s sad that we couldn’t witness them but some elements and things of those legends and stories are still safely preserved in numerous museums all over the country. While these historic things will surely take you back to those times, there are some other interesting museums too which will definitely give you a food for thought.
- 1 National Museum, Delhi
- 2 Shivalik Fossil Park Museum in Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh
- 3 Indian Museum, Kolkata
- 4 Sulabh International Museum of Toilet, Delhi
- 5 Rail Museum, Delhi
- 6 International Doll Museum, Delhi
- 7 Archeological Museum in Lothal, Ahmedabad
- 8 Antarang Museum of Sexual Health Information, Mumbai
- 9 Calico Museum, Ahmedabad
- 10 Island Museum in Nagarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh
- 11 Naval Aviation Museum in Vasco Da Gama, Goa
- 12 Baywatch Wax Museum in Kanyakumari
- 13 Jawahar Toy Museum in Pondicherry
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National Museum, Delhi
Located in Janpath, Delhi, National Museum is the largest museum in India. It holds a large variety of artifacts from the prehistoric era to modern times. The museum also houses the articles from the Indus Valley Civilization and Mughal Era. Some other interesting museums in Delhi are National Rail Museum, Museum of Natural History, Nehru Museum, and Planetarium Air Force Museum and Gandhi Darshan.
Shivalik Fossil Park Museum in Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh
If you are one of those people who have a keen interest in the era of dinosaurs. Shivalik Fossil Park Museum in Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh has an extensive collection of fossils and skeletons of prehistoric animals. These are some native animals of Shivaliks and surrounding geology. Here, you will find enormous models of various extinct mammals and others animals which are made up of resins and fiberglass.
Indian Museum, Kolkata
Another outstanding museum for fossil and dinosaur lovers. The museum is divided into several categories such as Art, Botany, architecture, etc. which includes displays like fossils, remains, artifacts, paintings etc. One thing that no one should miss is the Egyptian mummies which you can only find in Indian museum beside in Egypt. And you can get all this in only 10 Rs.
Sulabh International Museum of Toilet, Delhi
If you have been to the museum, then it would be impossible that the museum in any way failed to impress you. This unusual and interesting museum will capture your mind for once. The museum contains a collection of rare facts, pictures, and objects which details the historical evolution of toilets from 2500 BC to date. It includes a chronological account of development relating to toilet-related social customs, toilet etiquettes, prevailing sanitary conditions and legislative efforts of different times.
Rail Museum, Delhi
It is a very famous and renowned museum in India which focuses on the rail heritage of India. In addition to that, it includes the specimen of different evolution phases from the Indian Rail History. One can get a fair look and understanding of all the specimens here which consists of Fairy queen engine or fire engine. It is one of the largest museums in India. The most important thing to enjoy there is the toy train that will just cost you 20 bucks per person.
International Doll Museum, Delhi
Did you like playing with dolls when you were a child? Then this museum will absolutely stun you. International doll museum displays the largest collection of beautiful dolls. It has two sections which exhibit more than 160 glass cases from New Zealand, Africa, India and Australia. One section includes dolls gathered from New Zealand, UK, USA, Commonwealth of independent states and the other one comprises dolls gathered from the Middle East, India, Asian countries and Africa.
Archeological Museum in Lothal, Ahmedabad
You will be absolutely fascinated by the best archeological museums in India. In this museum, you can actually see how the older civilizations used to design their intricate towns. The town planning and the perfection of various utilities will stun you to the core. You will end up wondering how people back then were such masterminds that they could plan roads which had no clogging issues that we are still unable to develop today in the age of technology and development.
Antarang Museum of Sexual Health Information, Mumbai
Antarang museum is a very unique museum and is a paragon in the entire South Asia region. It is a sex museum whose aim is to make visitors aware of HIV/AIDS through different models, paintings and information written in the museum. It also lays emphasis on safe sex. It attracts around one hundred visitors every day. The majority of people attracted throughout the year towards the museum are sex workers and health volunteers. The entry to the museum is absolutely free.
Calico Museum, Ahmedabad
This is one of the most admired museums by people in the city of Ahmedabad in the year 1949. It houses a collection of different fabrics ranging from prehistoric cloth paintings to stunning Indian fabrics. Many items and fabrics resting in the museum were once used by Mughal rulers of ancient times and even now it is safely kept there as they are well-taken care of by the authorities. This is one of those museums which will surely take you back in time.
Island Museum in Nagarjunakonda, Andhra Pradesh
The Island Museum is dedicated to Gautam Buddha. Maybe that’s why it is designed in the shape of Buddhist Vihara. This is a unique museum which depicts the culture and remnants of Buddhism. A tooth and an earring are resting in their collection which is said to be of Gautam Buddha. In this surrounding, you will feel a fine closeness with Gautam Buddha.
Located at Bogmallo, 6 km from Vasco Da Gama, Goa. The museum showcase the evolution of the Indian Naval Air Arm over decades. It is one of the two military aviation museums in India, the other one being Indian Air Force Museum, Pallam, Delhi. The museum is divided into two parts. The outdoor part is a huge park where decommissioned aircraft can be seen some of which dates back to before the 1940’s. In the indoor gallery, people can read and learn about the key battles the Indian Air and Naval forces have participated in.
Baywatch Wax Museum in Kanyakumari
Absolutely one of its kind, the Baywatch Wax Museum stands at Kanyakumari. It houses wax statues of many important historical figures some of which are Mahatma Gandhi, Charlie Chaplin, APJ Abdul Kalam and along with them it has some wax statues of Hollywood and Bollywood stars such as Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor etc. The museum is reminiscent of its famous counterpart Madame Tussauds in London. It crafts marvelous craftsmanship and detailing in every statue.
Jawahar Toy Museum in Pondicherry
Are you still a child by heart? Then you will absolutely love it because Jawahar Toy Museum in Pondicherry is dedicated to children and their love for toys. You might be wondering about the name of the museum. It got its name because Jawaharlal Nehru used to love children. It houses toys and dolls which are dressed in different cultural outfits from all around the country. The entry of this amazing museum is absolutely free so anyone can enjoy it.