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    MUSEUMS

    National Museum

    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. The museum is situated on the corner of Janpath and Maulana Azad Road.

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    The blue–print of the National Museum had been prepared by the Gwyer Committee set up by the Government of India in 1946. The Museum has around 200,000 works of art, both of Indian and foreign origin, covering over 5,000 years. It remains closed on Mondays.

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    The cornerstone of the present museum building was laid by Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India, on 12 May 1955, and the building formally opened to the public on 18 December 1960. Today, the Museum is administered and funded by the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism.


    Indian Air Force Museum

    Souls of men dreaming of skies to conquer…Gave them wings, ever to sore!...Here’s a toast to the host….Of those who love the vastness of the sky! The Air Force Museum The Air Force Museum has an annexe and hanger. The annexe houses some magnificent portraits of dedicated pioneer officers of the IAFD. The annexe is divided in three sections; the first section contains a photographic history of the Air force from the early days in Risalpur to the latest group photographs of the top echelons.

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    Some models of aircraft in use in the Indian Air Force and in other countries are also on view. There are photographs of pioneers who proved their mettle in the air encounters during 1st world war, when in the Royal flying Corps. The second section of the annexe contains photographs of decorated Indian Officers of the 2nd world war.

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    These officers fearlessly shot enemy war machines and achieved their flying mission. Some small arms, i.e revolvers, pistols etc seized from Pakistan during operations in 1966 and 1971 and ceremonial swords presented to former Chief of staff are displayed. The last section contains information on the important facets of modern aviation history. The photographs, mementoes and models of the Indo-Soviet Joint Manned Spaceship-Siyuz T-11 are on display.


    Shankar's International Dolls Museum

    Shankar International Dolls Museum has one of the largest collections of costume dolls anywhere in the world. Set up by the renowned political cartoonist, K. Shankar Pillai. Housed in the building of the Children Book Trust on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi, the museum occupies, a floor area of five thousand square feet a portion of the first floor.

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    A separate entrance with a stately winding staircase leads up to a foyer. The museum is divided into two equal halves. The two sections have glass cases, 1000 ft long mounted on the walls. One section has exhibits from European countries, the U. K., the U.S.A, Australia, New Zealand, Commonwealth of independent States collection from the over 150 kinds of authentic Indian costume dolls made at the Dolls Workshop attached to the Museum. Indian dolls made at the workshop are exchanged for gifts received from abroad as well as sold to collectors and museums in India and abroad.

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    Each doll is handcrafted after meticulous research into the physical attributes, dress and jewellery of individual characters.The Museum’s collection of costume dolls was inspired by a gift of a single doll, which Shankar received from the Hungarian Ambassador in the early fifties, to be given away as a prize in the Shankar’s international Children’s Competition. He fell in love with the doll. With the permission of the ambassador, he kept the doll for himself, he was fascinated with his Hungarian doll that Shankar, thereafter, began collecting costume dolls whenever he went abroad. His frequently visited, being a part of the group of journalists accompanying the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

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    He had a collection of around 500 dolls, which he decided to exhibit in various places in India along with the paintings done by children. The Museum started with a thousand dolls, between 1965 and 1987 another five thousand were added a vast majority coming as gifts. Today, the volume has increased to 6,500 exhibits from almost eighty-five countries, giving it a truly international character. The Museum is listed in the itinerary of all visitors to Delhi.


    National Rail Museum

    The National Rail museum is a museum in Chankyapuri, which focuses on the rail heritage of India it opened on the 1st February 1977. It is located in over 10 acres of land with both indoor and outdoor exhibits.The most amazing feature of the rail museum that attracts the children as well as train buffs is the toy train that provides a joyful ride. The museum is an amalgamation of rare steam locomotives, historical pictures, railway artefacts that are played along with some static and working models of a wide variety of trains in India.

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    The provision of an informative tablet right next to every exhibit makes it a knowledgeable place to visit, an adjoining building in the premises of the harbours some of the very old pictures as well as miniature exhibits of the railways, which have been prohibited from photography.The main exhibits include the Patiala State Monorail Train ways, this unique steam monorail was built in 1907. The train was built in Berlin and ran till October 1927. Morris Fire Engine was built by the famous fire engineers in Lancashire in 1914.This unique museum has a fascinating and exotic collection of over 100 real size exhibits of Indian railways.

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    Static and working models, signalling equipments, antique furniture’s, historical photographs and related literature etc are displayed in the museum. The star attraction however, is the Fairy Queen built in 1855 and considered to be one of the best preserved steam locomotive engines of her age.The best thing about this place is that there is no restriction on touching or climbing upon the static trains. Since this place isn’t quite as popular as a tourist spot, the absence of a big rush of crowd makes it a much peaceful experience. The National Rail Museum is a highly informative place in Delhi that educates us of the history of railways in India.



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