National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum in Delhi

Welcome to one of Delhi’s largest crafts museums.

Welcome to one of Delhi’s largest crafts museums. | Photo credit: Anilbhardwajnoida/Wikipedia

National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum Overview

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Popularly known as the National Crafts Museum, the National Handicrafts and Handlooms museum is one of Delhi’s largest crafts museums. Located in Pragati Maidan this museum is run by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The museum houses more than 35,000 unique pieces which pay a tribute to Indian craftsmen and their skills across different genres such as painting, sculpture, embroidery, textile designing and craft involving clay etc.

The complex of the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum also houses various galleries such as a Gallery of Courtly Crafts and the Tribal and Rural Craft Gallery. Some of the most popular collections of the museum include the Bhoota collection from Karnataka which is 25—300 years old, brocade and Baluchari sarees, embroidery from Kutch and precious metal. The museum is particularly famous for its large textile collection. Other than the artifacts, the museum is also home to a library, a laboratory and a research and documentation centre.

  • Opening Closing Time 9:30 am to 5 pm, except Mondays.

  • For Kids

    This is a great place for children to educate themselves about the unique and varied aspects of Indian handicrafts and handlooms.
  • Entrance Fee Rs. 10 (Indians), Rs.150 (foreigners), Re.1 (students). Entry is free for students in a group and the physically challenged.

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Location

Pragati Maidan, Bhairon Road, New Delhi