Archaeological Museum Delhi
The Red Fort houses the exceptional Archaeological Museum which displays artifacts belonging to the Mughal period. The Archaeological Museum situated inside the Mumtaj Mahal (palace) of the Red Fort was established in 1974 for exhibiting artifacts under one roof.
Documents like farmans or the royal decrees bearing seals and signatures of the emperors; ancient maps, engravings, detailed manuscripts providing evidences of beautiful calligraphic art, are some of the exhibits. Rare kinds of typical Mughal arms, weapons, carved swords, decorated daggers can be found. Samples of various types of textiles, embroidered canopies, cushions are also present. Costumes and traditional attires made up of fine cloth and made exclusively for the emperors are also on display. The glory of Mughal time period is redefined in an impressive way and anything related to the cultural heritage of that period can be seen here.
The items which are exhibited here are excavated from Purana Qila in 1955 and then in 1969 to 1973. The items include antiquities, jewelries, pottery, seals, rock edicts, coins, weapons, remnants of old buildings and palaces etc. Researches were carried out on these items and they shows that the objects belong to the Sunga, Kushana, Rajput, Maurya and Muslim period.
The Archaeological Museum is divided into number of sections which are divided according to specific eras and civilizations like one section is for the 2nd and 3rd century artifacts while the other is segmented for Indus valley civilization, yet another section is dedicated to the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. There is a section for relics of First war of Independence of 1857 which includes the weapons and maps used during that time.
The museum is also a center of various workshops and seminars which enables the tourists and travelers to familiarizes with the history of India and the city.
Quick Facts/ Guide-
Address of Archaeological Museum
Assistant Superintending Archaeologist,
Archaeological Survey of India, Purana Qila,
New Delhi- 110003.