National Museum of Natural History is a museum devoted to rich natural heritage of India and aims to educate its visitors not only about all three spheres of natural history (geology, botany and zoology) but also the importance of environmental conservation.
Located at Tansen Marg (Mandi House Chowk), Natural History Museum is located in the same building as FICCI Office and is open from 10am to 5pm on all days, barring Monday and holidays listed at the bottom of this article.
National Museum of History is spread over 4 floors, with the first floor gallery being devoted to the introduction of natural history, depicting the diversity of flora and fauna in India and presents the evolutionary sequences and evidences to tell the story of evolution.
It also showcases plants and animals in their natural habitat.
Gallery 1 also showcases pollination in plants and their uses, harmful and beneficial insects, camouflage, adaptation of terrestrial, aquatic and aerial life in animals, endangered animals.
Gallery 2 located on second floor is devoted to Nature’s Network of Ecology and presents an overview of major ecosystems of the world and interrelationship among plants, animals and human beings, present day environmental problems such as pollution, deforestation, depletion of wildlife etc..
Entire third floor gallery is devoted to environmental conservation and deals with many aspects of conservation and even depicts two faces of a forest, one rich with plant and animal life and the other devoid of any flora or fauna.
It also features exhibits featuring the Bishnois community of Rajasthan and Chipko Andolan, as well as exhibiting some of the lost species, like the Dodo Bird and Bali Tiger.
Fourth floor is reserved for temporary exhibitions and currently features Intangible Natural Heritage Exhibition, showcasing how deep rooted nature is in our culture and religion.
Overall, a visit to National Museum of Natural History is an immensely educating experience for children and adults alike and thanks to all the life like displays and interesting nature of storytelling, it manages to keep the visitor captivated and makes learning a fun experience.
National Museum of Natural History Visitor Info
Location: Tansen Marg (Mandi House Chowk).
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday, 10AM to 5PM.
Closed on: Monday, 26th January, 15th August, 2nd October, Holi, Eid Ul Fitr, Dussehra and Diwali.
Entry fee: Free for all