“You want to visit a museum? C’mon man, museums are boring!” – a common misinterpretation whenever we hear ‘MUSEUMS’. Well let’s change it, as museum is much beyond than just some historical objects with a description. Museums can be enjoyable and a fun ride into the history and culture of our ancestors. Here are top 13 museums for you to visit in 2023, that’s going to change your perspective regarding museums!
– Salar Jung Museum – Hyderabad
Situated on the southern banks of Musi River, in Hyderabad, the Salarjung Museum is a masterpiece & major allurement for tourists. Being the third-largest museum in India, its globally recognized. It was inaugurated by the then PM of India, Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951. For all our aesthetes, it’s a regal treat, as this museum is home to thousands of art objects and ancient manuscripts and books. The collections span from Indian Art, Middle Eastern Art, European Art, Far Eastern Art, etc. including a founders gallery and a sparse manuscript division. It’s open all days of the week except Friday, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
– National Rail Museum – Delhi
For all the railway captivated crowd, the National Rail Museum is the perfect place to visit. Just like a kid in a candy store, you’ll have various fascinating collection to look at. The National Rail Museum, New Delhi displays the regal 166 years of lavish heritage of Indian Railway spread over 11 acres of land. The outdoor gallery encloses a variety of steam, diesel and electric locomotives along with enchanting collection of royal saloons, wagons, carriages, armored trains and rail cars. This museum narrates the story of transportation back in the days. All these fascinating original pieces have been preserved and kept safely. An exceptional collection of ancient photographs, documents, railway artifacts, antiquated items and old furniture intensify the beauty of this museum 10 folds. So if Delhi is the trip you’re taking next, don’t forget to miss out on this beauty!
– Albert Hall Museum – Jaipur
Jaipur in itself is a beautiful attraction, and in addition to that the state museum of Rajasthan, i.e. the Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur works as an enchantress. The museum is one of the oldest museums of the state. The building is situated in Ram Niwas garden outside the city wall opposite New gate. The main centerpiece of the museum is an Egyptian mummy(Yes, the one you saw in Scooby doo). The museum has an amusing collection of artifacts including paintings, jewelry, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, and works in crystal. The collection includes coins from the Gupta, Kushal, Delhi Sultanate, Mughal and British periods.
– Illusion Museum – Delhi
Ready for a fun experience in a Museum? Well, yes you heard it right, museums can be fun too. This is not your usual museum, it’s full of exciting activities. Situated in Delhi, this museum comes out to be one of the best places to visit, not only as a child but also as an adult. Age has nothing to do with fun right? The museum of illusions brings to you visual and interactive illusions, like infinity room, inverted room, & chair illusion, and a lot more. It’s almost a place where science meets fun! So go ahead and have a fun experience!
– Science Museum – Delhi
The science museum in the capital city of India, Delhi gives you a reminiscent experience, at just a minimal amount of 60 rs. It’s an amazing place for kids and families to visit, and be attached to the roots of science as well as have a fun experience. There are numerous working science models, present in the science museum Delhi, which can be operated by the visitors themselves, for kids it’s an incredible place, as it creates interest in their minds for how things function and why. Go ahead and plan your next trip to this museum with your kids and family, and you won’t regret it!
– The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)
The African American Museum in Philadelphia was inaugurated in 1976, and as the name suggests it was built to preserve the heritage of the African Americans. The AAMP is situated in historic Philadelphia on Arch Street, a few blocks away from the Liberty Bell. The museum is home to thousands of artifacts and ancient images and documents.
– The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City
The New York City, hosts the largest museum, that is, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It holds a huge amount of old artifacts and manuscripts. Its main goal was to bring Americans art and art education. There fascinating collection includes works of art from Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from European masters, and a large collection of American & modern art.
– The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – USA
The World’s largest and fascinating museum – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, in the USA, is a paradise for children. With over one lakh artifacts divided into domains of humanities and arts, & natural sciences, attracts a lot of visitors. Children who love dinosaurs, are going to extremely fall in love with this place as this museum hosts simulated Cretaceous dinosaur habitat.
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– Indian Museum Kolkata
If you are on a holiday in Kolkata, don’t miss a chance to visit the Indian Museum. It’s one of the oldest Museums holding our heritage in place. One can find a unique collection of Mughal era paintings, skeletons & ornaments. It consists of 5 beautiful galleries, providing testimony of our ancestors.
– Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum Mumbai
Mumbai, which is famous for its fast city life, is also famous for it’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum and its ancient collection of artworks. Dating back from Gupta and Chaulkyas era, one can find all the beautiful artworks, and artifacts here. It is situated really close to the gateway of India. So on the next trip to Mumbai, make sure to mark off this place from your checklist!
– Napier Museum Trivandrum
Want to get a glimpse into the culture of Kerala? Well the Napier Museum Trivandrum, is the perfect place for you. It is the oldest museum in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. It has an enormous collection of the ancient artifacts, and the God idols.
– Government Museum Chennai
The Government Museum Chennai, is also known as the Madras Museum. It consists of old artifacts and manuscripts back from the time of Chaulkyas, Chola and Vijaynagar. To dive deeper into the South Indian history, one can even visit the library and have a look at the different collections of the books.
One’s history and culture is one of the biggest boon for a society. And to know about our rich culture, is the first step to a great country. Museums help us preserve our roots and also give us the opportunity to dive deeper into all the important historical events the took place. So the next time you visit a place, make sure to take out some time to even visit their museums for a great insight!