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National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, New Delhi

Situated in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum has been celebrating the indigenous traditions of handlooms and handicrafts. This museum is affiliated to the Ministry of Textiles' administrative authority.

This museum serves as a confluence point for the scholars, exporters, designers, craftsmen and above all, the masses. The major aims of with which this museum was established include socio-economic betterment of the craftsmen of India, publication of related research documents, revival of fading traditions of the country, conservation of the traditional crafts and accumulation of craft-specimen from all over the country.

National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, New Delhi is a live example of how the best talent in the country can be honoured and utilized to its optimum potential. This museum also complements the objectives of the relevant NGOs and the government for improving the handlooms and handicrafts, not only in India but the museum provides the essential impetus to the enterprises outside India as well.

Attractions Inside National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, New Delhi

The National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum of New Delhi acts as the vast repository of the over 20,000 handicraft and handloom items which are the most discrete and uncommon examples of the Indian tradition of crafts.

One of the prime attractions of the museum is its village complex which possesses 15 constructs over an extensive area of 5 acres, signifying shrines, courtyards and village houses from different states of India.

The major sections of National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum can be segregated into following sections:

  • Folk and Tribal Crafts Gallery
  • Crafts developed by Alpha craftsmen
  • Bhuta sculptures Gallery
  • Courtly Crafts Gallery
  • Temporary Exhibitions Gallery
  • Cutlic Objects Gallery
  • Reference Items and Textiles Gallery
  • Reference Repository of Handicrafts

How to Reach

By Air

The Delhi's airport lies at a distance of 30km from the museum, so you can easily hire a taxi or an auto-rickshaw which will take about forty-forty five minutes to take you to the museum.

By Rail/ Road

The museum lies in close proximity of the New Delhi railway Station and the ISBT. From both these points, you can hire an auto-rickshaw or taxi, which will take about 15 - 20 minutes to reach the museum.


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