“Real museums are places where time is transformed into space.” – Orhan Pamuk
If you would also love to get back in time, what better way than to plan a visit to a museum. Of course which museum totally depends on your interest. If you are new to the city of Gurgaon or planning to spend a day idling away in this megalopolis, there are a few museums here that are worth your time. These museums in Gurgaon are a storehouse of information and offer insight into so many unique things – from history to art and culture and so much more.
List of Best Gurgaon Museums:
- Heritage Transport Museum
- Museo Camera – a Vintage Camera Museum
- Museum of Folk and Tribal Arts
- Sanskriti Museum
1. Heritage Transport Museum, Gurgaon
Are you that kid who was always on the quest to find something rare and unique? In that case, the Heritage Transport Museum might just be your paradise. Spread over an area of 90,000 sq. feet, this four-storied museum showcases the evolution of Indian transportation.
You’ll find an array of fascinating exhibits here from vintage and classic cars and two-wheelers to restored buses, locomotive and aircraft models, and original collectible toys. It also displays contemporary and tribal art related to transportation along with a collection of old automobile memorabilia, photographs, postcards, stamps, maps, rare books and what not.
Intriguing for people of all ages, this first comprehensive transport museum in India is definitely worth a visit; you can go here alone or take your entire family along for a fun time.
- Location: Bilaspur-Taoru Road, Off NH 8, Taoru, Gurgaon
- Timings: 10 am to 7 pm (Tuesday to Sunday); Mondays closed
- Entry Fee: INR 400 (Adults), INR 200 (Children under 12 & Students)
2. Museo Camera – a Vintage Camera Museum, Gurgaon
Perhaps one of the most unique museums in Gurgaon, Museo Camera was built with the aim of preserving the photographic legacy of India. From the rarest vintage cameras to some beautiful original photographs from the bygone days, every exhibit at this one-of-its-kind museum comes from the personal collection of a renowned shutterbug himself, Photo Journalist Aditya Arya.
Whether you are a budding photographer or a professional, you must put this museum on your list of places to visit in Gurgaon. After all, the museum is home to over 1000 analogue cameras including the smallest one on earth and the oldest dating back to 1880s. Moreover, the films, photographic equipment, lenses and original prints from 1930s to 60s by Kulwant Roy at this museum, along with a personal walkthrough by Aditya himself make this place a must-visit.
- Location: DLF Phase 3, Gurgaon
- Timings: 9 am to 5 pm (Sunday to Friday); Saturdays Closed
- Entry Fee: INR 300
3. Museum of Folk and Tribal Arts, Gurgaon
Are you a connoisseur of traditional art? If yes, then the Museum of Folk and Tribal Arts is just the place for your artistic soul. Founded by KC Aryan – a man of multiple talents, this museum has successfully preserved the neglected art forms of the folk and tribal communities of India.
Its priceless collection includes silver ornaments, manuscripts, paintings, metal and wood crafts, embroidered textiles, lacquered ware, architectural brackets and other art objects belonging to the indigenous communities from different regions of India. The art forms which are no more in circulation or are extinct, such as pataka paintings, wooden masks, card puppets, bronze coins, and terracotta figures, are also displayed here and will leave you in awe of our rich culture.
- Location: Sector 4 Urban Estate, Gurgaon
- Timings: 10 am to 5.30 pm (Open all days)
- Entry Fee: Free
4. Sanskriti Museums, Gurgaon
Sanskriti Museums, located within the Sanskriti Kendra complex, are an oasis of culture and art amidst the bustling chaos that Gurgaon is. There are three museums on the premises: Museum of Everyday Art, Museum of Indian Terracotta and Museum of Textiles. Together, these exhibit the excellence in craftsmanship and indigenous heritage of the different cultures in India.
As the name suggests, the Museum of Everyday Art showcases objects connected with the day-to-day life of the urban and rural population of India, that too in the chronological order of use: starting from childhood to old age. Animal figures, human statues, idols of deities, earthen pots and other mundane objects made of terracotta greet you at the next museum on the premises. The last one will give you an insight into the rich textile heritage of different Indian states.
Lush greenery all around and the rural landscape further makes this place ideal for a day-out.
- Location: Anandagram, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road
- Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (Tuesday to Sunday); Mondays closed
- Entry Fee: Free
Intrigued enough? Then what are you waiting for? Spend your weekend in Gurgaon exploring the fascinating history and diverse culture of our country at these insightful museums.