National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum

Museum Address
Pragati Maidan, Bhairon Marg - 110001
State
Delhi
Pin Code
110001
Email
nhhm-mot@nic.in
Museum website
http://nationalcraftsmuseum.nic.in/about_museum.htm
When was the museum established?
1956
Main category
Briefly describe the history of the museum, its collection and donors.

National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum was set up over a period of 30 years starting in the 1950s and 60s by the efforts of the renowned freedom fighter Late Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay. This was when the area was envisaged as an ethnographic space where craftsmen from various parts of India would come in to work towards the preservation of various traditional arts and crafts.

Today the museum holds over 35,000 rare and distinctive pieces reflecting the continuing traditions of Indian craftsmen through paintings, embroidery, textiles, and various crafts of clay, stone and wood, all housed in a building designed between 1975 and 1990 by the architect Charles Correa.

The various galleries within the museum include the Tribal and Rural Craft Gallery, Gallery of Courtly Crafts, Textile Gallery, Gallery of Popular Culture etc. The museum also houses a village complex spread over 5-acres, with 15 structures representing village dwellings, courtyards and shrines from different states of India, with items of day-to-day life displayed. The entire village complex is a remnant of a temporary exhibition on the theme of rural India, held in 1972.

The highlights at this museum are occasional performances of folk art and dance, a village complex, 250-300-year-old Bhoota collection from Karnataka, rare Kashmiri 300-year-old dushalas, and handkerchiefs from Chamba known for their unique embroidery.

Photography
Yes
Videography
No
Cafeteria
Yes
Museum shop
Yes
Wheelchair friendly
Yes
Restroom
Yes
Drinking water
Yes
Locker room
No
Parking
No
Information in Braille
No
Workshops/seminars/lectures
Yes
Garden/picnic area
No
Audio/visual guides
No
Guided tours
No
Library and archives services
Yes
IT facilities ( Photocopying, printing, computer )
Yes
Any other facilities
Performance Space
Who manages the museum?
Others
Others:
All India Handicrafts Board
Person-in-charge of the museum
Other
First Name
S K
Last Name
Jha
Additional information ( if any)
Administration and Library: 10 am - 5 pm; closed on Sundays
Crafts Demonstration: 10 am to 6pm
Lota Shop: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Café Lota: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
What is the average duration to see the museum?
3-4 hours
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Is the museum currently closed?
No
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Sculpture
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Sculpture
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Cultural Painting by an Artist
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Karnatakan Woodcraft Elephant
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Live Cultural Performance- Rajasthan
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Oil Press in ancient rural Setting
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Orissa House Structure
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Paintwork on Wall
Entry Fee
Not Applicable
Getting there
Nearest Metro: Pragati Maidan
Opening Days
Sunday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Opening Time
10:00 a.m.
Closing Time
05:00 p.m.