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National Gallery of Modern Art

Location: Jaipur House, at the eastern end of Rajpath near India Gate

Time to Visit: Tuesday-Saturday, closed on Monday

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

Admission Fee: Citizen/foreigner: INR 10/ 150

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: New Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Functional Metro Station: Central Secretariat

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: Approx 40 minutes

Housed in the imposing former residential palace of Maharaja of Jaipur, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) is situated at the eastern end of Rajpath near India Gate administered by the Government of India. Inaugurated on March 29, 1954, the gallery has a wonderful collection of around 15000 paintings, sculptures and works of arts by Indian as well as international artists. The gallery acquires, preserve and display works of modern art from mid 19th century onward.

Before entering the stately rooms of the palace for viewing different works of art, do look at the magnificent sculptures in the gardens of the palace by some well-known names including the 'Triumph of Labour' by D.P.Roy Choudhary. In the gallery there are exquisite works of Abanidranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Gaganendranath Tagore, Amrita Shergil, Raja Ravi Verma and Jamini Roy and other revered artists of recent times that adorns the walls of the gallery. Whether it is 'Lady in Moonlight' by Raja Ravi Verma or 'Flowerface' by Abanidranath Tagore or watercolors by Gaganendranath Tagore, almost every work of the gallery attracts you and converse with you.

Among the international artists, the collection of NGMA includes works of Jacob Epstein, Giorgio de Chirico, Peter Lubarda, Henry Moore, Sonia Delaunay and Kozo Mio.

The gallery has a large reference library having books, periodicals, photographs and other audiovisual materials and also a sales counter that has picture postcards, posters, catalogues and reproductions.

Annual Event/ Special Attraction: The gallery arranges special exhibitions for those who wish to exhibit their works. It also organizes group visits for students, seminars, film shows, retrospective shows of Indian and foreign artists and study classes on art appreciation, history and conservation. For details check with local authorities

Nearby Tourist Attractions: India Gate, Rastrapati Bhawan, Jantar Mantar, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and Hanuman Mandir

Nearby Places to Eat: Hotel Le Meridien, Imperial Hotel, Hotel Inter-Continental, Parikrama Revolving restaurant, Gaylord, El Rodeo, Bercos, Zen restaurant, Delhi Darbar, Nizam's Kathi Kebabs and Standard Restaurant. For snacks and fast foods: Bengali Market (sweets and chat), Kake da hotel (Indian food), Wenger, Mc Donalds, Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza, Nirula's, Ruby Tuesday, Sona Rupa, Starbeans, Barista, Café Coffee Day and innumerable roadside foodstalls.

Nearby Shopping Venues: Connaught Place (jewellery, books, art galleries, leather goods and the list goes on) Baba Kharak Singh Marg (it has emporium of all states of India dedicated to state's unique art and craft created by traditional and skilled artisans.) Central Cottage Industries (merchandise and curios), Janpath (clothes and low priced gifts, souvenirs and curios), Panchkuian Road (ethnic things), Khan Market (local residential market) and Palika Bazaar (electronic items)

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Last Updated On: 2011/07/01