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National Museum Of Natural History


The National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi was established in 1972, under the administration of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and is positioned on Barakhamba Road in Central New Delhi.

Serving as the supplementary office of the Ministry of Environment and Forests as well, the National Museum of Natural History was instated and opened to the public on 5th June 1978, on the World Environment Day. The museum has four galleries with a distinct theme and a number of hands-on activity quarters as well. The first gallery showcases the evolution of life, along with concise prologue to the flora and fauna of the age, along with their normal habitations and the threats they face today. The second gallery talks about our environment and the perils it is facing nowadays.

Raising awareness about the endangered species of birds and animals in the Indian subcontinent is the third gallery of the Natural History Museum, where the emphasis has been laid on transmitting the significance, as well as the techniques, of conservation. In the end, the fourth gallery is devoted to 'Cells and Tissues' where the visitors are apprised with the structure and purpose of the smallest unit of life, along with the fundamental dissimilarity between plant and animal cells and other connected concerns. The museum also has a Discovery Room where children are allowed to handle specimens, along with creative activities like animal modelling.

Constituted with an objective of promoting ecological education and launching realization amongst the masses to preserve their environs, the National Museum of Natural History is a great place for introducing children to the world of flora and fauna. To ensure, thus, that the audience remains interested throughout, a number of internal and outreach activities are organised at the museum. With the dictum of 'Educating while entertaining', National Museum of Natural History aims to create such programmes for the people that they can get to know about the rich ecology of the country, while maintaining entertainment.

Best time to visit

Visiting this exciting place to revisit history requires no season! However, winter months from October to March are the best time to visit the capital.


National Museum of Natural History further contains a Bio-Science Computer Room, an Activity Room and a Mobile Museum, to live up to its aim of imparting education about the environment along with entertainment. A further addition to its list of attractions, the museum has a film show that is organised daily between 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.


The museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Saturday closed)

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