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Sanskriti Museums

Delhi, Delhi

Sanskriti Kendra houses three beautiful museums – Museum of Everyday Art, Museum of Indian Terracotta, and Museum of Indian Textiles.

Highlights
  • Sanskriti Museums are a treasure trove of stunning displays of everyday objects, handcrafted products, and terracotta sculptures and figurines.
  • The three museums have one common objective: collecting, preserving and documenting everyday objects of Indian arts and crafts, marked by a unique feature of cultural rootedness and an appropriate form and design.
  • The museums are housed in a five-acre lush campus in Anandagram on the Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road.
  • The huge Banyan tree, planted in January 1989 at the entrance of the Sanskriti Kendra, is a sight to behold.
Overview

In 1979, Om Prakash Jain founded the Sanskriti Foundation. The Sanskriti Kendra was established in 1993.

Sanskriti literally means 'the process of cultivating'. These museums represent Sanskriti’s commitment to preserve and nurture the creative vitality of Indian arts and culture. The collections of these museums constitute the raw material for reconstructing the history of Indian design in Indian life. It has also established an International Artist's Residency Programme, a Ceramic Centre, Enamel Centre and Block Printing Unit.

Sanskriti Kendra is a beautiful landscape dotted with innumerable varieties of trees and shrubs, attracting different species of birds round the year and adds to the charm.

Sanskriti organises nature walks throughout the year, and the participants are told interesting facts and stories about the indigenous trees and birds within its campus.

Current museums
  • Museum of Everyday Art
    • Museum of Everyday Art was the first museum established at the Sanskriti Kendra in 1984.

      It exhibits about 2,000 excellent objects of use that depict the cycle of life. These are objects used by children in their everyday lives such as writing materials and books, followed by objects used during adulthood such as hookahs, chillums, betel nut boxes, kitchen utensils and implements, women's accessories and many more, and finally, objects used during old age such as lamps and incense burners, ritual accessories and cultic images for temple and domestic worship.
  • Museum of Indian Terracotta
    • The first of the two sections of this Museum serves as a photographic introduction to the historical traditions of the Indian art of terracotta. This part, starting with the images of proto-historic objects from the Indus Valley civilization, ends with the late medieval brick temples of Bengal, covering the entire range of the genre through ancient and medieval periods.

      The second section exhibits more than 1,500 everyday terracotta objects, sculptures and figurines used in different regions of India over the centuries.
  • Museum of Indian Textiles
    • The Museum of Indian Textiles came into existence in the year 2009.

      It houses old specimens of some of the best Indian textile traditions of resist dyed fabrics from different states. It showcases a small collection of rich traditional Indian textile art work that includes exquisite embroidery work, brocade, bandhani, kalamkari, pigmented painted temple hangings, fine needle work and many other unique and typical forms of art.
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Upcoming events
  • Uttarayan - the spirit of the mountains
    • Overview: Sanskriti Kendra is delighted to share with you that Aarohi will be back with its annual fund-raising event 'Uttarayan - the spirit of the mountains' on 1 February 2020 at Sanskriti Kendra.

      Come, join Aarohi as they take you through the brilliant performances showcasing Kumaoni traditions and culture by their children of Aarohi Bal Sansar, treat you to authentic pahadi cuisine and share updates about their work in sustainable development in rural Kumaon.

      All donations collected at this event will go towards Aarohi work in Education.
    • Additional information: Please feel free to reach out to Aarohi on neha@aarohi.org or pankaj@aarohi.org, in case of any questions.
    • For more information: Click here
  • Overview: Sanskriti Museums brings you the Paresh Maity's Installation and Sculpture Show.
  • Artists: Paresh Maity is a renowned Painter, Sculptor, Photographer and Filmmaker. He has had seventy one solo exhibitions to his credit held all over the world including India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, France, United Kingdom and United States of America. His painting, one of the longest in the world is 800 feet on display at Terminal 3 at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. He is a recipient of many awards including the Royal Watercolor Society Award in London, the Harmony Award in Mumbai, and many more.
  • Date: 27 January to 31 April 2020
  • Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Weekly close: Monday
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Opening hours
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Last admission time
4:15 p.m.
Weekly close
Monday
Holiday calendar
  • Republic Day, 26 January 2020
  • Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti, 2 October 2020
  • Election Day, 8 February 2020
  • Dussehra, 26 October 2020
  • Dhulandi (Holi), 10 March 2020
  • Diwali, 14 November 2020
  • Independence Day, 15 August 2020
  • Christmas, 25 December 2020
Average duration
45 minutes
Facilities
  • Photography is not allowed.
  • Sip on some tea or coffee or grab a bite at the Kendra.
  • Drinking water station is next to the Museum of India Terracotta.
  • Separate toilets for men and women.
  • Toilet for differently-abled persons is behind the office, next to the amphitheatre.
  • Free parking on first come, first served basis for 2 wheeler, 4 wheeler and buses.
  • Museum of Indian Terracotta and Textiles are accessible by wheelchair. Museum of Everyday Art is not accessible.
  • App based audio tour guide is available only in English for a fee. Carry your smartphone and ear phones.
Location

How to get there
  • 16 km from Indira Gandhi International Airport. About 30 minutes drive.
  • 1 km from Arjan Garh Metro Station on Yellow Line. For route map, Click Here
  • 28 km from Connaught Place. About 35 minutes drive.
Additional information
  • Curated museum tour to be booked in advance only through e-mail at kendra@sanskritifoundation.org and on getting a confirmation back. No verbal confirmations will be given. There will be a tour guide and the approximate time for a tour of the 3 museums is 45 minutes.
  • For general visits, group of 10 or more people need to book in advance. Individuals or up to 3 people together do not need to book in advance.
  • School visits to be booked in advance.
  • It is recommended that you carry a well charged mobile smartphone and ear/head phones for App based audio tour guide.
Terms and Conditions
  • To enter and exit the museums, please follow the arrow markings.
  • Please do not touch any exhibits in the museums and outdoors.
  • Entry to all other areas except the museums is restricted.
  • Bags, eatables and liquids are not allowed inside the museums.
  • Sanskriti Kendra is equipped with ramps to enable the use of wheelchairs. Please contact reception for help.
  • Free wheelchair is provided on a first come, first served basis when booked in advance through email at kendra@sanskritifoundation.org or by calling +91-11-26963226.
  • For any other enquiry, please contact the reception.
  • For Kendra map, click here.

TICKETS

Category
Indian (Rs.)
Foreigner (Rs.)
 
Curated Museum Tour
 
Adult
250
400
 
Child (below 10 years)
Free
250
 
Group (only tour)
(8-10 people. Fee is per person).
250
400
 
Group (tour including vegetarian lunch)
(8-10 people. Fee is per person).
850
1,350
 
General Visits
 
Adult
Free
Free
 
Child
Free
Free
 
Audio guide
(available only in English)
299
299
 
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • The admission to the museums is free other than the curated museum tour. Visitors are requested to register at the reception upon arrival.
  • Access to exhibitions.
  • Parking on a first come, first served basis.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
  • Transportation.
  • Food and beverages.
  • Curated museum tour.
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