Relish a day at National Gallery of Modern Art – Delhi, India

History and architecture are the foremost things associated with Delhi which crosses our mind because of the city’s rich heritage. The Indian capital has a vibrant culture and a loving for art that it’s no surprise that the city is home to so many museums. One of them being the *The National Gallery of Modern Art*, also known by the name “The Jaipur House“.

Processed with VSCO with a5 preset

The Jaipur House was a designed to be a residence for the Maharaja of Jaipur by the architect Sir Arthur Bloomfield in 1936. The building was devised to have a butterfly-shaped with a dome in the central area. The idea was galvanized with Sir Edwin Lutyens perspective of Central Hexagon that helped design all the major buildings in new capital in Delhi.  


Marking the 70th anniversary of India‘s Freedom launched various exhibitions around all over the country. This included an exclusive collection of pictures from the freedom movement of India which was when I decided to visit the museum. 


The museum holds a collection of approx 14000 artworks with paintings from renowned artists including Rabindranath Tagore, Amrita Sher-Gill, Raja Ravi Verma and also from some of the foreign artists. 



The gallery is located at the central location in the national capital just opposite to another landmark of Delhi – India Gate. The museum also holds other branches at Mumbai and one at Bangalore to be opened shortly. 


#How to Reach

  • By Metro – The nearest metro station is Central Secretariat from where one may either walk or take an auto. 
  • By Bus – Bus no 501 goes directly to the museum from Tilak Bridge. 
  • By Cab/Auto – Cab/Auto are available from any point in the city going to the gallery.

Related Read – Top 10+ insider tips for first-time travel to Delhi, India!!

Processed with VSCO with e2 preset

*Pro-Tip*  If you’re visiting by your own car and need parking, go around entire building complex and reach Gate No 3, the cars are allowed beyond this gate only and even have a free parking for visitors too. 


Tickets & Time to See

The museum is a really reasonable place to visit with the ticket as low as 10 INR ~ 0.1$ for Indians and 50 INR  ~ less than 1$ for foreigners. The timings have been altered lately as shown on the entry gate of the museum as 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM. Depending on your art love, the time for sightseeing may vary from 3-6 hours. The museum has 5 floors with permanent collections at 2nd to 5th  floors while the exhibits are rotated at the basement and first floors. 



The authorities at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, don’t allow photography inside the premises and the guards are on roll all the time to ensure this, so don’t even bother clicking pictures. I know this might leave some disappointed, but it’s even better to enjoy the contemporary art without continuously trying to click photographs.


The contemporary art museum not only holds paintings and sculptures inside the gallery but the visibility of art is easily prominent from the outside of the gallery as well. As we proceeded towards the ticket counter, where we found these beautiful sculptures placed outside in the garden area. The building premises has an astounding architecture with wonderful doors and windows which can be seen evidently all over the stretch. 


My favorite of all the contemporary art, sculptures, paintings and art collections out there in the museum have to be the metal tree highlighting all sorts of utensils. Not only was the tree looking gorgeous but was that was such a unique concept to see in an art museum

Processed with VSCO with oak2 preset

Have you visited Delhi yet?? Did you get to see the National Gallery of Modern Art when in Delhi? Do share your experience with me!!

If you enjoy contemporary art and planning to travel in Delhi, then do save it for future reference…


– The Wanderer

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter



  1. Woah! I am absolutely obsessed with every India related blog post I read online. I am going to India in a couple of weeks and reads like these gets me even more excited about my upcoming trip 🙂 Thank you for sharing! – Mariella


  2. Yes, it is a great place for art lovers. Delhi does have many good places that people are unaware of. I also love the new trend of filling up certain areas with street art, like they have done in Shapur Jat, Khirki, and Lodhi Colony etc.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I haven’t visited Delhi yet but would love to! Normally I tend to not enjoy art museums so much, but some of the sculptures look amazing. And that tree is just WOW!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. I am not too much of an Art fan but I have a friend who sings to my ears ‘Art is life.’ He is s obsessed with art and I’m sure I’d be winning a plus point when I inform of the Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi and the cheap price it comes with for visiting. Glad you brought this to my notice

    Liked by 1 person

  5. The exhibits outside the museum are beautiful and unique enough to convince me to check out the interiors! Though I wish photography was allowed inside. I am from Mumbai and I would love to visit the museum’s Mumbai branch someday. Thank you very much for this post!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Wow Jaipur House is such a historic place to visit. It feels very glorious to see the rare pictures of our freedom fighters and other leaders. As I am an artist, i would love the see the works of Raja Ravi Verma and other sculptures too. Sculptures in the garden are also enchanting. I would love to see this place to get more inspiration in my art.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Never would think that Delhi would have such a cool art scene. I love the tree of life looking thing in the beginning. Very futuristic and solid for a country like India to have!


  8. I’ve never been to India, but I always have this mental image of it being entirely historic. Obviously, that’s ridiculous. But it’s so cool to get reminders of how modern this country can be, too. Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I have been to Delhi three times now but I didn’t know the existence of this modern art gallery, especially so close to the centre of the city. I think that when you visit a city you should get to know its art as well, and this is only doable if you go to museums and art galleries. It’s nice that the price is so cheap as well, especially for nationals. I never got this while in India though, the two different prices based on your nationality.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. I have been to Delhi but didn’t get a chance to check out its museums. The outdoor sculptures are really modern and unlike what most people think about Indian art. Museums definitely come in handy for rainy day trips in the city.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I’ve been to India, but never Delhi. As they told me it’s a very chaotic city. The museum looks interesting. I like the sculptures in the garden , i always like when there are art pieces in the nature and one can wander around among them!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. I’ve never visited Delhi or India in fact! This modern art museum looks very cool, and it’s so cheap to visit, just $1?! Three to six hours suggests there must be plenty to see there, but I guess it’s right, as there’s 14,000 pieces of art!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s