Design Related Museums
Almost every city or town in India has a museum featuring arts, crafts, history, etc. Here are listed some of the prominent ones.
Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Poona
The Museum has a collection of over 20,000 priceless artifacts which mirror the everyday life of India, such as Kitchen utensils, Toys, Ink pots, Lamps, Paintings, Musical Instruments, Wood - work and so on. The museum has significance for study of traditional forms and functions.
Location:1377 and 1378, Shukrawar Peth, Pune 411 002
IGNCA, New Delhi
The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts is a centre encompassing the study and experience of all the arts. Includes the visual arts, ranging from typography, calligraphy, architecture, sculpture, graphics, photography, film, music, dance and theatre. You can access their digital resource centre through the net. The centre conducts lectures, seminar and exhibitions.
Location: 1, C. V. Mess, Janpath, New Delhi 110 001
National Museum, New Delhi
The museum has over 2,00,000 works of exquisite art, covering more than 5,000 years of cultural heritage. Exhibits range from terra-cotta figures, Jewelry, Decorative arts, Manuscripts, Central Asian Antiquities, etc. The museum has its own publications and exhibitions.
Location: National Museum, Janpath , New Delhi 110 011
Indian Museum, Kolkata
The museum, established in 1814 has over 1,000,000 exhibits in 60 galleries - exhibiting works of art, crafts, etc. Don't miss the musical instruments section. The museum has regular seminars and exhibitions.
Location: 27 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata 700016
Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad
The museum has over 40,000 objects from India, Far East, Middle East and Europe. The collection includes curio items, wine bowls, plates, jade, metalware, textiles, weapons, etc. It has also a children and a furniture section.
Location: Afzalgunj Hyderabad 500002
Sanskrit Museum of Everyday Objects, New Delhi
The objects in the Museum are arranged in a set of fourteen groupings in a manner that reflects the cycle of life as generally understood and lived in traditional India - Toys, Hookahs, Vessels, Ovens, Lamps, etc.
Has Sanskriti Museum of Indian Terracotta Sanskriti Museum of Indian Everyday Art of India and Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles.
Sanskriti Foundation Head Office
C-11, Qutab Institutional Area
New Delhi-110 016
Tel: 91 11 2696 3226, 2652 7077
Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai
The museum documents the history of Mumbai and has talents of Indian master craftsmen and Early Modern artists.
Location:Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg,
Byculla East, Mumbai
National Rail Museum, New Delhi
The museum documents the glorious heritage of the Indian Railways with an interesting collection of models, records, photographs, coat of arms, documents, etc. The museum has nine display galleries and a large open area laid out to simulate a railway yard.
Location: Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110021
Sanskar Kendra - The Kite Museum, Ahmedabadi
(no web presence)
The museum houses a large collection of kites from all over the world.
Location: Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Kocharale, Ahmedabad 380 006
Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad
(no web presence)
Calico museum of fabric, embroidery and textiles has one of the finest collections of textiles from all over India.
Location: Sarabhai House, Shahibaugh Palace, Ahmedabad 380 004
Design museum is one of the world's leading museum of design, architecture and fashion with a mission to excite everyone about design.
Location: Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
This museum in the United States is devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Conducts. lectures, seminars, exhibitions, national design award and even a master's programme in the history of art and design.
Location: 2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128