The National Gallery
of Modern Art, housed in the residence of Jaipur's former maharajas
has a superb collection
of paintings dating from 150 years ago to the present day. Company School paintings
of the 19th and early 20th centuries and the works of Rabindranath Tagore, Jammi
Roy and Amrita Sher Gil hold pride of place amidst exhibits, which give an overview
of the evolution of modern Indian paintings and sculpture. The National Museum
and the National Gallery of Modern Art periodically organize special exhibitions.
The Rail Transport Museum is a must for
rail buffs. Its vintage display includes the oldest locomotive in the world-still
working; the Viceregal Dinning Car (1889) and the Prince of Wales Saloon (1876).
Children can enjoy a ride on the miniature rail track.
The National Museum on Janpath is the premier
repository of antiquities. Built in 1960, it has an extraordinary collection
representing the entire span of Indian civilization from pre-historic times.
Its galleries include finds from the Indus Valley Civilization, superb sculptures
in stone, and bronzes from the Chola period, the largest collection of miniature
paintings in the world, manuscripts, a Buddhist Gallery, including relics of
the Buddha from Piprahwa, the exquisite Jewelry Gallery, the Anthropological
Gallery of tribal art; galleries devoted to decorative and applied arts, Maritime
Heritage and Pre-Columbian art, and the Central Asian Antiquities, Gallery of
Auriel Stein's finds along the ancient Silk Route (the great murals however,
are on display at the adjacent Archaeological Survey of India).
The Nehru Memorial Museum is at Teen Murti
House where Jawaharlal Nehru lived for 16 years till his death in 1964. its
special charm is that the rooms have been preserved as they were. Not far from
here is the Indira Gandhi Memorial where one gets a glimpse of the life of the
late Late Prime Minister.
The Gandhi Memorial Museum has a collection
of memorabilia on Mahatma Gandhi. The Crafts Museum
at Pragati Maidan has galleries displaying India's rich tradition of handicrafts.
An added attraction is the presence of craftsperson who are bought here from
different parts of the country to demonstrate their skills. In this central
part of the city are also located the National Philatelic Museum of Natural
History, Mandi House, and the Malliah on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg.
The Tibet House Museum on Lodi Road has
a fine collection of tankhas, jewellery and ritual objects. En route to Old
Delhi are the Shankar's Dolls Museum of Archeology related to the Mughal era,
and the Museum of Arms and Weapons which traces the development of arms from
the Mughal age to the First World War.