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Crafts Museum

Location:On the main Bhairon Marg, off the Mathura Road, opposite Purana Qila at the southern end of Pragati Maidan

Time to Visit:Tuesday-Sunday, Monday closed

Preferred Timings: 10.00 AM to 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 this museum or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Nizamuddin Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Pragti Maidan

Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: Approx 60 minutes

On the main Bhairon Marg, off the Mathura Road, opposite Purana Qila at the southern end of Pragati Maidan lies the Craft Museum, one of the most fascinating and intriguing museums of the capital. Home to artworks and artefacts that are the envy of the world, every gallery of the museum gives you an overwhelming art experience. Though developed mainly as a reference center for the craftsmen of the country to encourage and help them to continue with their traditional arts and crafts in this modern technological era, Crafts Museum has become a very special place to visit over a period of three decades to view the diverse traditional Indian arts, crafts and textiles under one roof. Designed by Charles Correa, the museum being a part of the village complex, also houses various styles of huts found throughout the country thus introducing the visitors to the 'rural' India in the bustling metropolis.

Craft Museum has proved itself to be a hive of creativity with permanent collection of over 20,000 items of folk and tribal arts, crafts and textiles from various parts of the country. A wide range of exhibits are represented including lamps and incense burners, papier-mâché, clay and terracotta pots, folk and tribal paintings, jewellery and textiles, cane and bamboo work in different galleries of the museum.

Do visit the Tribal and Rural Craft Gallery to view the popular wooden images of Bhutas (protective spirits) from coastal Karnataka, tribal bronzes, masks, metal ware, puppets and woodcarvings from different parts of the country. The Gallery of Courtly Crafts has on display the 19th century Gujarat's Kathiawar mansion with beautiful interiors, exquisite jewelries, wonderful bullock carts and 19th century recherché trappings of elephants embroidered with gold and silver threads.

The Textile Gallery provides an excellent opportunity to the visitors to discover the amazing textile heritage of the country and gain an insight into the development of the industry. Different varieties of saris from all over the country like chanderi, kota, ikkat, banaris, bengal tat, paithani, balkalam, Kanjivaram, bandhini, embroidered clothes, Lakhnavi chikan work, kantha work of Bengal, Punjab's phulkari work, kalamkari art and many more rare pieces of art are on display in this section. The courtyard has one of finest treasures of the museum, the imposing chariot, which would impress any seasoned tourist.

Apart from interaction and live presentation by the artisans themselves, there is also a reference section with about 15000 objects, which can be used by scholars, designers and artists.

The Crafts Museum Shop on the premises sells books, picture-postcards and a whole range of exquisite contemporary handicrafts. The objective of the shop is to sell original creations of the finest Indian crafts persons and not to market mechanically replicated souvenir.

Special Attraction/ Annual Event

The shop of the museum sells original souvenirs and handicrafts made by the skilled artificers of the country. The museum also organizes various workshops. For details check with local authorities

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Walking distance: Nila Gumbad on southeastern side, Purana Qila, Delhi Zoo, Sabz Burz, Nili Chhatri; In 3 km radius: India Gate, Ashokan Rock Edict, Nizamuddin Shrine, Khairul Manzil Masjid.

Nearby Places to Eat

Sweet Corner, Nathu's (both in Sunder Nagar Market), Hotel Oberoi, Flavors of Defence colony, Indian Habitat Center in Lodi Road, Nizamuddin's Karim and roadside food stalls.

Nearby Shopping Venues

Sunder Nagar Market (antiques, jewellery, brassware), Connaught Place (jewellery, books, art galleries, leather goods and the list goes on) Central Cottage Industries (merchandise and curios), Janpath (clothes and low priced gifts, souvenirs and curios) and Palika Bazaar (electronic items).

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01