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Nc Mehta Museum Of Miniatures


The NC Mehta Museum of Miniatures in Ahmedabad, the largest city of Gujarat, is a must visit for anyone visiting. The museum, although not very well known, houses the lost art of miniature paintings, which had been prevalent, especially in Gujarat and Rajasthan. There are various painting from the ‘pahari’ regions of Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir.

The NC Mehta Museum of Miniatures was designed by the famous architect Le Corbusier. Most of the miniature paintings displayed in the museum depict religion in some form, with mostly religious scenes. The most elaborate and beautiful paintings are that of Lord Krishna and his travails with Radha and the other Gopikas. There are many paintings depicting the lives and lifestyles of kings during the olden times. The paintings are informative and give details of the behaviour or even misbehaviour of the kings with their courtesans.

If one looks closely at the intricate details of the various paintings, one can also tell the difference between the paintings of different areas and various periods that the paintings have been collected from. The styles vary from different states and times.

The NC Mehta Museum of Miniatures is housed in the University of Gujarat, along with another museum, Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum of Art and Architecture that has on display the fascinating collection of sculpture dating back to the B.C. era. Both the museums are a must visit when in Ahmedabad.

Best time to visit

The NC Mehta Museum of Miniatures is open to tourists all year round; however, summers can be really hot and humid and can make sightseeing unpleasant. The best time to visit the museum would be between October and April.


The museum also houses the famous Chaurpanchashika (fifty Love Lyrics of a Thief) series, written by Vilhana, an 11th century Kashmiri Poet.

In the Buddhist sculpture of the Gandhara School dating back to the 2nd-5th century, you can notice the Greek influence.


The museum remains open from Tuesday to Saturday. The timings are from July to April are 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and from May to June are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

The museum is closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.

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