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Field Museum Delhi

Location:In Purana Qila Complex, on the eastern side of India Gate and north of Humayun's tomb on Mathura Road.

Time to Visit:On all days

Preferred Timings: 10.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.

Admission Fee:Charges included in the ticket of Purana Qila.

Photography charges: nil, permission required

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

Nearest Railway Station:Nizamuddin Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan

Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: 30 minutes

Located in the main gate of Purana Qila complex, Field Museum is a small archaeological museum that gives a brief history of Delhi and Purana Qila. The museum contains articles mostly excavated in 1955 in the southern area of Purana Qila as well as during the 1969-1973 excavations campaign. The major attractions of the museum are the pieces of Painted Grey Ware pottery and relics dating to around 1000 B.C. that were found in Purana Qila. It is because of the presence of these articles that the site of Purana Qila is believed to be the first city and capital of Pandavas in the great war of Mahabharata.

Apart from these the museum houses objects that were found in the area from the Mauryan to Early Mughal period. Terracotta figures from the Mauryan period (300 BC), coins belonging to the period of Muhammad Tughlaq, small stone figurines, glazed ware and seals of different periods as well as 16th century Chinese porcelain and glass wine bottles from the Mughal period are some of them important objects on display.

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, Nizam-ud-din's 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

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