Indian War Memorial Museum
The Indian War Memorial Museum formerly known as the 'Red Fort Museum' is located in the Naubat Khana also known as the Naqqar Khana or the 'Musical House' Building in Red Fort or Lal Qila in New Delhi and is easily accessible by local transport. The Museum occupies the first and second floors facing the east and was set up with the basic purpose to pay tribute and homage to all the Indian and Foreign Soldiers and their bravery and undisputable spirit to fight without fear who participated in whichever way they were meant to in the World Wars and epic battles that took place in India and in Foreign Lands and were either injured or martyred in action.
The Indian War Memorial Museum can be accessed from the North and Southern ends of the Naubat Khana building. This Museum reminds everyone who visit about the courage these Soldiers have had to build either through inherent skills or otherwise cultivated by themselves, hardships and pain they have had to endure in order to fight and win all the battles for their Country that took place abroad and in India despite the fact that the numerous Indian Soldiers on the battle frontline were forcibly or otherwise ruled under the umbrella and orders of the British Army and Government. In order to commemorate the valour and sacrifice of all these Soldiers, the 1st and 2nd stories of the Naqqar Khana or Naubat Khana were chosen to home all the weapons, arms, uniforms and war memorabilia belonging to these Soldiers and the British Army used during the all the Battles.
The Entrance Gallery of this Museum depicts a stunning picture of all the landmarks where the First epic Panipat Battle was fought. It displays a massive picture that showcases Mughal Emperor Babar and his Army and Sultan Ibrahim Lodi and his Army facing and opposing each other and fighting their lives out courageously. The other significant artefacts on display consists of Swords, Khukris, Bows and Arrows, Revolvers, Shells, Machine guns, an array of uniquely designed daggers made of Ivory and hilt inscription, Chest Armours, Axes used in Battles only, Helmets and many others are seen in Gallery No. 1 and No.2. Items like Gunpowder flasks, Bomb fuses, Cannon balls and shells, small pistols with bullets and different types of ammunitions are also on display giving all the visitors a glimpse into the world of war and bloodshed and a virtual experience of probably what the soldiers have had to endure during the First World War and the ancient Battles.
As you finish covering a view of the Introductory Gallery, you are welcomed with the final two galleries that are dedicated to how the western and European industries greatly impacted the forthcoming Wars. New Gadgets used extensively during the wars to support the frontline armies and operations were introduced like usage of a Telephone, Telegram, Radars, Guns, Periscope, Signal Lights or Lamps and many other items are on display. Other items other than the war gadgets seen on display are the Turkish and New Zealand Soldiers and Officers' Uniforms along with their Badges, Ribbons and Country Flags, Models of the Army Goods Railway Tracks, Transport Carts, the Arab Port in Bagdad and Dockyard of Basra are also one of the few attractions of these Galleries which somehow gives all visitors an insight into the world of these Army Soldiers though in the miniature format and also helps us in attaining Knowledge on the importance of knowing the usage of various gadgets during the wars.
Other than the War Gadgets, the Museum Gallery also displays a stunning attire of Maharaja Pratap Singh of Jodhpur which includes a Long Shirt called as 'Kurta' in Hindi, Trouser and Turban all done up with exquisite Zari-Zardozi work and embroidery, a Sword inscribed with a code sheath used only by Royalties and pair of shoes.
The Indian War Memorial Museum is opened to all the visitors between 1000 hours and 1700 hours from Sundays to Thursdays and hence closed on all Fridays. The Entry fee into the Museum is included with the entry fee into the Grand Red Fort which is INR 5.00 per head for Indians, INR 100.00 per head for foreign nationals and INR 1.00 per head for Indian Students. Video filming and Camera charges are INR 25.00 per camera or video camcorder. The prices mentioned are subject to change and it is advisable to find out the current entry rates and extra charges upon reaching your destination only.