About the Museum
The National Museum was established in 1949 following a successful exhibition of Indian art jointly presented in London and New Delhi. First housed in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential residence, the museum moved to a new building in 1989. Thanks to numerous donations and pioneering conservation efforts, the museum now holds over 200,000 objects of both Indian and foreign heritage, some more than 5,000 years old. Its superb collections range from ancient coins and Harappan civilisation artefacts to decorative ivories, Mughal weaponry and 17th-century textiles. The museum also holds one of the country’s largest collection of Indian miniature paintings.