Types of Museums in India


Last four – five decades various types of Museums developed in India. So I will share you various types of Museums in India.

The National Museum

National-level museum in India come directly under the administrative control of Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

There are 24 National Museum in India.

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The National museum in New Delhi also known as the National Museum of India. It is the one of the largest museum in India.

The National museum in Delhi situated in the corner of Janpath Maulana Azad Road of new delhi.

This Museum consist of over 150000 works of Arts.

An Exhibition of Indian Art consisting of selected artefacts India organized by the Royal academy London with the co-operation of government of India and Britain.

It decided to display the same collection in Delhi before the return of exhibits to their respective museum.


An Exhibition organized in the Rashtrapati Bhavan New Delhi in 1949.

This event proved responsible for the creation of the National Museum.

Vision and Mission of Museum

Collect art objects of historical, Cultural and Artistic significance for the purpose to display protection, preservation and interpretation.

Disseminate knowledge about the significance of the objects in respect of history.

serve as cultural centre for enjoyment and interaction of the people in Artistic and Cultural activity.

To serve as epitome of natural identity.


The Crafts Museum

In this types of Museums has the collection of Indian crafts of different media ranging from clay, wood, textiles, basket work, cane and Bamboo to metal and others.

The National Gallery of Modern Art

This is exclusively dedicated for Indian paintings and sculptures of the post 1857 era with permanent displays in some galleries. Other galleries in this types of museums are used to exhibitcontemporary art.

The museum also has famous paintings by Ravi Verma M.F.Pithawala, Nandlala Bose and many others

It also has displays sculptures by Ramkinkar, Venkatappa, Asit Kumar Halder and others.

The Gandhi Memorial Museum

The museum present at the Raj Ghat. Dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Two museum and a monument relate to the story of his life.

The Raj Ghat museum officially opened in 1961, on the 13th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, when Dr. Rajendra Prasad, then President of India, formally opened the new location.

The Gandhi Memorial Museum at Raj Ghat has a collection of photo documents and the life of Gandhi. This also includes his belongings like documents, letter, paintings books, records etc.


The other called the Gandhi Smriti Museum at Birla House is a place where he was assassinated. This consist of belongings like one simple bed, a mat on the floor, his spinning wheel, books and Spectacles.

This museum also displays the pictures of his wounded body and other related to it.

The Calico Museum

It is located in Ahmedabad. Founded in 1949 by Gautam Sarabhai and Gira Sarabhai. The collection shows rare exhibits of exquisite fabrics from different parts from India.

The Museum was inspired by Ananda Coomaraswamy, who, in conversations with Gautam Sarabhai during the 1940s, suggested the founding of a textile institute in the city of Ahmedabad, a major trading centre of the textile industry of the sub-continent since the fifteenth century.

The Utensils Museum

Ahmedabad boasts of another unique museum – the Utensils Museum. It is the brainchild of Surendra Patel and is exclusively concerned with Indian utensils.

The Salarjung Museum

Hyderabad’s Nizams have made a fantastic collection in their museum. It has a variety of objects that excite one’s curiosity. The range of its collection is amazingly diverse a variety of clocks is just one example.


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