Five millennnia of indian history can be explored at the National Museum, with its collection of nearly 200,000 pieces of Indian art. The nucleus collection of about 1,000 artifacts was sent to London in the winter of 1948-9 for an exhibition at the Royal Academy’s Burlington House. After its return, it was housed in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan until the present building, built of the same beige and pink stone as the imposing new capital, was complete in 1960. The museum’s collection of Harappan (Indus Valley) relics and Central Asian treasures from the Silk Route is considered among the finest in the world.
THE SERINDIAN COLLECTION
Almost 700 years after the Silk Route fell into disuse, Sir Aurel Stein, a British archaeologist, led a series of expeditions (1900-16) to uncover its treasures. Stein’s collection of the artifacts he found in the Taklamakan Desert is on view at the museum’s Central Asian It includes silk paintings,s, and other valnahla records
Them collection is displayed on three floors, grouped according to theme, epoch and style. The central foyer itself has a display of sculptures from various parts of the country. The museum also has a library and auditorium where film shows and lectures are regularly held. Information on these is published in the newspapers. The museum shop sells a range of handicrafts and other souvenirs, as well as replicas of select sculptures. The display is changed from time to time for variedly , and special exhibitions are also mounted.