Travellers who are planning to spend their holidays in New Delhi – the capital of India and a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis cannot miss exploring the fascinating museums here. One of the most popular holiday packages among tourists in Delhi is the package, which covers the museums. Two of the most prominent museums in this city that are worth visiting are – the National Science Centre and National Museum of Natural History.
The National Science Centre
The National Science Centre, a unit of the NCSM or National Council of Science Museums, is an autonomous body of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. It was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India in the month of January in the year 1992 with the objective of popularisation of Science among people, especially students. There are three galleries in the museum that are dedicated to three different aspects.
The first gallery is known as the Introduction to Natural History, which depicts the origin of life and its evolution through evidences and sequences. This section also portrays the diversity in flora and fauna. The second wing is Natures Network: Ecology where visitors get to understand major ecosystems of the world, food chains, role of plants as primary producers, food webs, bio-geochemical cycles, decomposition, interrelationship among plants, animals and human beings, present day environmental problems such as deforestation, pollution depletion of wildlife, and the aesthetic, ethical, scientific and economic reasons for conservation.
The final gallery, known as Conservation, is about various dimensions of natural conservation. There are Discovery and Activities rooms where children can indulge in science-related games and puzzles. The museum also organises various film shows where visitors get to see environment documentaries. The major objectives of this museum include achievement of scientific literacy in the nation, inculcation of scientific awareness, imparting training to teachers and preservation of scientific and technological heritage of the country.
(Visiting hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, all days except Monday)
The National Museum of Natural History
Established in the year 1972, The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is under the Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests. The construction of this galleria was an initiative of the Former Prime Minister of the country – Smt. Indira Gandhi. It was opened for the public on World Environment Day (June 5th, 1978) and is dedicated to the rich mineral wealth, flora and fauna of the country. The main objective of this galleria is to create awareness about the environment among the masses. Guided tours with trained assistants are organised for tourists visiting this place. Besides, during vacation periods, special programmes like camping, debates and project assignments are organised. The NMNH conducts various educational programmes, such as Touch Feel and Learn with Braille Material and Audio Aids, for differently-abled children.
These attractions are must-include sites in Indian tour packages for tourists who are interested in exploring the natural history and diversity of this country. These are ideal destinations for environmentalists, nature lovers, historians and aware people who like to acquire scientific knowledge. Hordes of tourists flock here is thousands with friends and families all-round the year.