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Alicia Salamanca May 19 2013

Can you tell me some funny museums to visit in Delhi?

Benazir Khan May 20 2013
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While finding a museum in Delhi that makes you crack up can be an uphill task, here is a list of the quirky museums we could find in the capital city. Read on and be amazed!

The International Museum Of Toilets

Featured as one of the top 10 quirky museums around the world, Sulabh Museum is based on the history of toilets. As ridiculous as it sounds, it is actually a comprehensive attempt to educate visitors about the evolution of toilets since 2500 B.C. Although the museum has a widespread display of nearly 300 wacky and designer chamber pots, toilet furniture, bidets,  privies, and water closets, the highlight of the museum is the replica of the throne of Louis the XIII. It is believed that King Louis XIII and Louis the XIV used to have court sessions while using their toilets/thrones. However, apart from fascinating it’s visitors, the museum is also meant to spread awareness on sanitation and cleanliness.

Address: Sulabh Bhawan, Mahavir Enclave, Palam Dabri Marg, New Delhi.
Telephone:  +91-11-25031518-19
Timings: 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Sunday (Except National holidays)
No entry fee

National Rail Museum

A museum displaying all the various trains that have been operating since the British Raj, the National Rail Museum displays train models, signaling equipments, historical photographs and related literature. It is an incredibly exciting experience for children to walk through the train models and examine the engines. Major attractions here are the in-coach saloons of the Prince of Wales (built in 1875) and the Maharaja of Mysore (built in 1899). However, the best part of your visit will certainly be a ride on the Fairy Queen(built in 1855), one of the best preserved steam locomotive engines in India.

Address: Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
Telephone: +91-11-26881816
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM,  Monday closed
Entry fee:  INR 10 for adults and INR 3 for Children

Metro Museum

South Asia's first modern Metro Museum showcasing the Delhi Metro, has been opened at the Patel Chowk Metro station. Though founded as recently as 1995, DMRC has quite a bit to showcase, considering the many plans and projects it has undertaken in a city as buzzing and congested as New Delhi! The museum showcases a collection of display panels, historical photographs and exhibits, work management and culture displays, an extensive section on the problems encountered by the authorities and the technological developments and features used over the last couple of years. It’s truly worth a visit, especially for aspiring engineers and for those who use the metro ever so often without realizing how much work went into building it!

Address: Inside Patel Chowk Metro Station, Patel Chowk,  New Delhi
Telephone: +91-11-23418415
Timings: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday Closed
Entry fee: INR 8 for Indians

National Police Museum

A visit to this museum is definitely a thrilling experience! On display are items acquired since ancient times by Indian and Foreign Police Forces, like weapons, accessories, photographs and other significant documents that have either assisted the Police in capturing criminals or have been recovered from the criminals. It also explains various forensic technologies being used today by the police, challenges faced by various departments and the way officers deal with the criminals who are caught. This museum shows us that. in reality,  being a police officer isn’t just about handcuffing criminals, like it is in the movies!

Address: Block No.-4, CGO complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Timings: 10.00am To 5:00 pm (Closed on weekends)
Entry fee: Nil

National Philatelic Museum

So you probably haven’t been to a post office in a while, right? Why would you when you can call, text, email, Facebook message or Skype instead? However back in the olden days, the postal services were the only way of communication. If you’re curious about how life was even possible in those days, visiting this museum is probably a good idea! Dak Bhawan houses the National Philatelic Museum which has an extensive stamp collection including the first stamp issued in India by the Sindh Dak (1854) and stamps issued before Independence by the rulers of the Princely States. It also displays other documents and the working patterns of post offices in India.

Address: Dak Bhavan, Sardar Patel Chowk, Sansad Marg, New Delhi
Telephone: +91-11-23036447
TImings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Closed on weekends)
Entry fee: Nil

Sanskriti Kendra Terracotta & Metal Museum

The Sanskriti Kendra Museum is one of the most famous museums at New Delhi. It displays over a hundred terracotta figurines and metal artefacts. The complex has a workshop and an Artists Studio where artisans work all day. One can witness how carefully and skillfully they carve their sculptures and decorate them to perfection here. The artisans also live in the same complex in the Terracotta village. The museum was established by Shri Mulkraj Anand in 1979 and carries forth Indian culture and heritage even today.

Address: Anandgram P.O Arjungarh, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, New Delhi
Timings: 10.00am To 5.00pm (Monday closed)
Entry fee: Nil

Vedic Expo at the ISKON Temple complex

Once inside the museum, you will be left breathtaken by the intricacy and beauty of the idols, statues & portraits of Lord Krishna that preach his enlightening sermons and phases of life. This museum launched India’s first Animatronics Robot Show to depict the major events from the  Bhagavad Gita. There is also a multimedia ‘Ramayana’ Art Gallery, a Srimad Bhagavatam Sound & Light Show that happens every evening and a mesmerizing  coloured water & light fountain show.

The Vedic Museum also presents the ISKCON Vedic Expo which is the world’s first spiritual expo embracing the glory of the Indian culture & the teachings of the Vedic scriptures , carried out through cutting edge technology.

A museum that puts forth Indian culture in such an enchanting forum is truly worth a visit sometime!

Address: East of Kailash, Sant Nagar, New Delhi
Telephone: +91-11-26233400
Timings: Monday to  Saturday: 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Sundays : 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Entry fee: Free

Air Force Museum

This museum displays a variety of jets and fighter planes that have been used by the Indian Air Force since independence. The most remarkable site of this Museum is the Roll of Honour engraved in golden letters, of officers and men who sacrificed their lives for India in the Kashmir Operation in 1947, the Chinese Aggression 1962 and the Indo-Pak conflicts 1965 and 1971. A museum that doesn’t simply tell you about history but also instills in you the pride of being an Indian, the Air Force Museum relates the various challenges, battles, sacrifices and successes that our legendary Air Force has experienced.

Address: Palam, Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi
Telephone: +91-11-25687194
Timings: 10.00am to 5.00pm (Closed: Monday & Tuesday)
Entry fee: Nil

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