The National Museum in New Delhi is one of the largest museums in India. It established in 1949 and it holds variety of articles ranging from pre-historic era to modern works of art. It functions under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The museum is situated on the corner of Janpath and Maulana Azad Road. 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. The National Museum building has 2 floors. It has a rotunda around which the structure is based.
The collections of the National Museum covers nearly all the departments. It represents almost all disciplines of art: Archaeology (Sculptures in Stone, Bronze & Terracota), Arms, Armour, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Manuscripts, Miniatures and Tanjore Paintings, Textiles, Numismatics, Epigraphy, Central Asian Antiquities, Anthropology, Pre-Columbian American and Western Art Collections. There are many galleries: Harappan Gallery, Maurya, Shunga and Satvahana Arts Gallery, Kushana Gallery, Gupta Gallery, Decorative Arts Gallery, Miniature Paintings Gallery etc.Hide.