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National Children's Museum

Location: In Bal Bhawan Complex on Kotla Marg

Open: On all days

Preferred Timings: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Admission Fee: Free and open to all.

Photography charges: nil, permission required

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach the museum, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House

Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: Approx 40 minutes

National Children's Museum in Bal Bhawan Complex on Kotla Marg is an appealing museum for children where they are informed about India's tradition, culture and life in an interesting manner taking into consideration a child's psychology. National Children's Museum possesses rich collection of toys and dolls from different countries, stone and bronze objects, traditional jewellery, utensils, art and craft material, musical instruments, head gears, currency of various countries. It is so informative and well laid that students of any age can visit it and can have a good experience.

The permanent galleries of the museum are Hamara Bharat, which presents the rich Indian culture, arts, religions and achievements in the field of Science and Technology through different means like audiovisual shows, Gaurav Gatha that throws light on India's past civilizations, achievements, legends, freedom struggle, leaders and diversity of our country through a series of diorama and the interesting Surya or Sun gallery. The Sun gallery has good exhibits explaining the importance of Sun in our life, its origin, and various topics of solar system as well as from religious angle not only of India but also of other countries like Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, and Greece.

The museum also has an exhibition place known as Children's Creative Work where pieces of arts by children are displayed including the works from Jawahar Bal Bhavan and the Bal Bhavan Kendras. This section becomes live especially during the summer months when workshops on arts, theatre, painting, music and dance are held in order to create interests of children in one or the other fields. Expert artisans are invited in the complex to teach the young minds different types of arts and crafts. The display here is changed from time to time to focus new creations of children.

Apart from these, children can look forward to a range of activities organized by Bal Bhawan within the premises. Facilities such as a set of drama kit, stories, puppets, toys, costumes, arrangement for puppet shows and shadow puppets are provided to children where they could themselves choose, experiment, enact and perform. Children from all over country as well as the capital visit this 'learning with pleasure' creative center. Designed with ceramic murals all over the campus, the complex also has a hostel, facilities for sports and games and other art like clay modeling. There is also a science park, aquarium, a jet fighter and a proper functional mini train.

Special Attraction / Annual Event: Every year during the summer holidays, children from all over the country throng the museum and a lot of activities are carried out during those months. Regular workshops and exhibitions are held throughout the year.

Nearby Places to Eat: Udipi restaurant on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Hotel Inter-Continental in Connaught Place, mouth-watering eating joints in Bengali Market, Karim Hotel, Ghantewala sweet shop, food stalls near Jama Masjid, Paranthewali gali, Natraj hotel, Chor Bizarre of Broadway Hotel, Daryaganj's Flora, Peshwari, Moti Mahal Restaurant, Worker's canteen of Inter-State Bus terminal and many roadside food stalls are there in Meena Bazaar for refreshment.

Nearby Shopping Venues: Connaught Place (jewellery, books, art galleries, leather goods and the list goes on), Janpath (clothes and low priced gifts, souvenirs and curios), Chatta Chowk (traditional and contemporary jewellery and handicrafts), Chandni Chowk (curios, souvenirs, silver and glass bead jewellery) Nai Sarak (books), Chor bazaar (electronic goods) and Daryaganj book market (on Sunday).

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Last Updated On: 2011/07/01

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