National Museum, New Delhi

The blueprint for establishing the National Museum in Delhi was prepared by the Maurice Gwyer Committee in May 1946. An Exhibition of Indian Art, consisting of selected artefacts from various museums of India was organized by the Royal Academy, London. The Exhibition went on display in Burlington House and it was decided to display the same collection in Delhi, before the return of objects to their respective owners. An exhibition was organized in the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s residence), New Delhi in 1949. The success of this Exhibition led to development of a permanent collection and the National Museum. On August 15, 1949, the National Museum, New Delhi, was inaugurated in the Rashtrapati Bhawan by Shri R.C. Rajagopalachari, the Governor-General of India. At present, the National Museum is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

The mission of the museum is to collect art objects of Historical, Cultural and Artistic significance for the purpose to display, protection, preservation and interpretation (research) and to serve as epitome of national identity. (National Museum, New Delhi)

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