India celebrated Children’s Day on 14th November. It is a special day for all the children in the country. The day is celebrated specially to celebrate the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. The reason is his immense love for kids and always thinking about their well-being. After he left for his heavenly abode, India started celebrating Children’s Day as a mark of respect towards Nehru. Today I want to celebrate Children’s Day by sharing the top museums in India. Museums are a treasure house for children, a knowledge bank portraying the different academics of education. It’s good to accompany your children to the museums so that they can learn about the culture and heritage of India along with the various information of the different countries in the world.
Indian Museum in Kolkata
One of the largest and oldest museums in India. It was established in 1814 by the Asiatic Society of Bengal in Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal. The entire museum is divided into 6 sections with each one comprising galleries showcasing certain areas like Botany, Zoology, Archaeology, Geology, Art, and so on. The key artifacts displayed at the museum are armors, skeletons, fossils, Mughal paintings, and ornaments belonging to several dynasties in India. Another key attraction of the museum is the Egyptian mummy which is placed at a mansion inside the museum.
Location: 27, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Fire Brigade Head Quarter, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016
Entry Fee: INR 10 for adults
Timing: 10 AM to 5 PM on all days except for Mondays
National Museum in Delhi
It is also one of the largest museums in India. The construction started in 1946 and was opened to the public in 1949. Located in Janpath, the museum stores an innumerable variety of artifacts much to the amazement of both children and adults. The collections at the museum include paintings, arts, manuscripts, armors, paintings, and jewelry. For history buffs, the museum is an ideal place to visit and share with your children the different facets of history. Arts belonging to prehistoric as well as modern times are housed inside the museum. The museum has a special section dedicated to Lord Buddha. You can find statues of the Lord and other artifacts related to him inside the section.
Location: Janpath Rd, Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, Delhi 110011
Entry Fee: INR 20 for adults
Timing: 10 AM to 6 PM except for Mondays
Government Museum in Chennai
It is the second oldest museum in India. The museum was established in 1851. Spread across an area of about 16.25 acres of land, the museum houses artifacts belonging to botany, zoology, geology, and anthropology. Besides, there are several collections belonging to the Vijaynagar, Chola, and Chalukya dynasties. Inside the museum, there is a theatre where different acts based on books written by Shakespeare, are performed. Children will love the museum especially because there is a separate section for them. Its library is well-stocked with various collections of books from the yesteryears.
Location: Government Maternity Hospital, Pantheon Rd, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600008
Entry Fee: free
Timing: 9:30 AM to 5 PM except for Mondays
Shankar’s International Doll Museum in Delhi
One of the most beautiful museums in India. The museum is the brainchild of the famous political cartoonist, K. Shankar Pillai. He is the name behind this museum which has over 6000 dolls collected from around 85 countries. These dolls belong mainly from the countries of New Zealand, Africa, India, the US, the UK, the Middle East, and Australia. Kids will surely love this museum, displaying dolls with colorful costumes, in various traditional decors, with bride and groom attires, and even in various dance forms.
Location: ITO, 4, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Beside Central Bank, Nehru House, New Delhi, Delhi 110002
Entry Fee: INR 17 for adults and INR 6 for children
Timing: 10 AM to 5:30 PM except for Mondays
Sudha Cars Museum in Hyderabad
One of the popular and attractive museums in India. The museum displays handmade cars by Kanyaboyina Sudhakar. He was the pioneer in creating cars that represent the objects used in daily lives. The museum was opened to the public in 2010 in Hyderabad. It won the Limca Book of Records and was also featured in the famous TV show Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Among his unique creations, few are notable like the car shaped like a handbag and one like a stiletto. He had also designed cars that look like sharpeners, pens, and pencils. The key attraction of the museum is the smallest double-decker bus in the world capable of accomodating 10 passengers.
Location: 19-5-15, 1/D, Bahadurpura X Rd, APHB Conlony, Bahadurpura West, Hyderabad, Telangana 500064
Entry Fee: INR 30 per person
Timing: 9:30 AM to 6 PM
Naval Aviation Museum in Goa
It is one of the remarkable museums in India. There are about 13 aircraft on display at the museum. Children can well enjoy watching the different types of aircraft, the interesting facts related to aircraft and other items, and information related to aviation. The artifacts on display are bombs, torpedoes, autocannons, and sensors. So whenever you visit Goa, do not just linger around on the beaches and seashores. Hop on to this museum with your kids to learn about the aviation industry.
Location: Bogmalo Road, Vasco da Gama, Goa 403806
Entry Fee: INR 20 per person
Timing: 9:30 AM to 5 PM
So next time when you think about where to accompany your children, do think of visiting a museum and collecting interesting information related to various genres of academics, history, tradition, and culture.
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