List of Museums of Delhi

National Gallery of Modern Art

The National Gallery of Modern Art or NGMA Museum in short is situated in Jaipur House near India Gate towards the eastern end of Raj path in Central New Delhi and hence easily approachable from all the corners of Delhi via local transport and Central Secretariat as the nearest Metro Station. The responsibility to supervise and administer this museum lies under the care of the Department of Culture of the Indian Government.

The concept of building a Gallery of Modern Arts culminated in 1949 when Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru along with Maulana Azad and Humayun Kabir decided to have a hub to promote and showcase the vast modern Art of India spanning over the last 150 years and its gradual transformation since 1857. The Jaipur House was chosen as the centre and Museum to home a collection of the most important and undisputed Modern Art and Contemporary Art that India or any other country had ever seen. The Jaipur House was originally built for the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1936 and designed by Sir Arthur Bloomfield in the shape of a butterfly with a dome-shaped roof at its centre. The Museum was inaugurated on 29th March 1954 by Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the former Vice President of India attended by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and all the Artists and Art enthusiasts of Delhi.

The National Gallery of Modern Arts appointed a renowned German Historian named Herman Goetz who had successfully set up the Baroda museum as the first curator of this Museum who painstakingly set up this museum successfully and made all the preparations relating to the placements of the Modern Arts to be exhibited here. Since then, the NGMA Museum has been under the great care of distinguished Chairpersons and Directors. He setup sculptures carved by famous and eminent artists like Debi Prasad Roy Chowdhury, Sankho Chaudhuri, Ramkinkar Baij and Dhanraj Bhagat to name a few.

The National Gallery of Modern Arts appointed a renowned German Historian named Herman Goetz who had successfully set up the Baroda museum as the first curator of this Museum who painstakingly set up this museum successfully and made all the preparations relating to the placements of the Modern Arts to be exhibited here. Since then, the NGMA Museum has been under the great care of distinguished Chairpersons and Directors. He setup sculptures carved by famous and eminent artists like Debi Prasad Roy Chowdhury, Sankho Chaudhuri, Ramkinkar Baij and Dhanraj Bhagat to name a few.

The NGMA Museum also displays a wide range of art works done by native artists during the 19th Century and early 20th Century and a few works showcasing exotic Indian scenes and portraits that add a traditional flamboyance to the gallery of artists who visited India between the 18th Century and 19th Century from Europe and Far Eastern countries. Eminent artists like Emily Eden, Tilly Kettle and Thomas Daniell definitely need a special mention whose impeccable and exquisite works can be seen in this Gallery.

The National Gallery of Modern Arts also has a Library that homes a collection of books, photographs and other audio and visual items available for reference, listening, watching and reading purposes. Postcards, Pictures, Posters, Catalogues and many other items are also available at the Museum Sales division for purchase. The museum is opened from 1000 hours to 1700 hours on all days except all Mondays and Gazetted Holidays. The entry fee for Indian Citizens is INR 10.00, INR 1.00 for Indian Students and INR 150.00 for Foreign Nationalities. Photography is strictly prohibited and prior permission needs to be obtained from the Administration office before taking any pictures/photographs or video filming.

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