Best Destinations for Mordern Art and Museums Lovers in India

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

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Modern arts have always depicted the social condition or social issues through arts as it is silently expresses a lot of things. It is always admirable to visit any art gallery. But in the list of art galleries in India The National Gallery of Modern Art take the top.

Following its motto of delivering an excellent world of art to its visitors, National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, preserves paintings and other artistic pieces dating back to 1850s. The National Gallery of Modern Art is situated at Jaipur House, New Delhi. It was established in 1954 by the Government of India. It works under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. There are another two subsequent branch of this in Mumbai and Bangalore. This art gallery includes more than 14,100 works. It houses masterpieces of modern art spanning more than one hundred and fifty years history of Indian art.It contains the works of some famous artist like, Jamini Roy, Gaganendranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Verma, Thomas Daniel, Nandalal Bose and Amrita Sher-Gil. Not only works from domestic artist, this gallery also includes some great art work by some famous foreign artist.


The National Gallery of Modern Art has an exhibition space of 1200 square meters. Some of the oldest art craft are preserved here. It is a tremendous visiting place for those who have a passion for art work as it is one of the finest art gallery of modern world and probably the best in India.


This art gallery contains some marvelous paintings like,  “Portrait of a lady” by Raja Ravi Verma, “Women holding a fruit” also by Raja Ravi Verma, “The Taj Mahal” from William Hodges, “Aurangzeb’s Mosque” also from William Hodges, “My Mother” by Abanindranath Tagore, “At rest” by Pestonij Bomanjee etc.


Apart from paintings the NGMA also contains with some precious sculptures and photographies. It has a collection of modern sculptures from the likes of D. P. Roy Choudhury, Chintamoni Kar and Ramkinkar Baij. The NGMA has also a great collection of photographies. It contains photographs from Lala Deen Dayal, one of the pioneers of photography in India.The gallery helps people to connect the works of modern art with their vital passions of the human spirit



So, this art gallery is famous for tourism, modern art promotion and Indian history. It doesn’t need any entry fee for students. So that’s a great bonus for students. If you are an adult Indian citizen then it cost only 20 INR for your entry. And for foreigners it will cost 500 INR.


The art gallery remains open every day excluding Monday and national holidays. So it remains open all the other six days of the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will take a near about 3 to 4 hours if you want to have a detailed visit.


If you make a list of art galleries in India then NGMA should always get a top place in your list. So, head towards it and let the artist within you cherish the beautiful world of innovation.


Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh


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The socio-economic picture of a state or a society reflects on to the art works. Art works and sculptures also describes the history of a nation. As India being one of the most historical part of the world it has a huge resources to show on the wall. Art galleries and museums are mostly popular to them who loves visiting and also to them who wants to know the historical background of their nation. For them, The Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh is an adorable place.



National Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh is one of the most famous art galleries in India. It is situated at Chandigarh in the northern part of India. It owes it’s existence to the partition of India in August,1947. After the partition of India, 60% of it’s objects were retained by Pakistan and 40% of it’s collections fell in the share of India. Then it was established in May 6, 1968.The Government Museum and Art Gallery was designed by the Swiss born French architect, Le Corbusier along with his associate architects namely Manmohan Nath Sharma, Pierre Jeanneret and Shiv Dutt Sharma. The design was completed during the period of 1960-62 and construction took place between 1962 and 1967. It is part of the three museums designed by Le Corbusier, the other two being Sanskar Kendra, Ahmedabad and National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Now Chandigarh Administration is the owner of the museum.


There are a huge collection of historical objects in the museum. That includes, Bodhisattva Maitreya(c. 2nd century AD, Gandhara); Hariti(c. 2nd century AD, GanGandhara); Buddha(c. 2nd century AD, Gandhara). Apart from these, there are so many sculpture of Buddha in the collection. In some sculpture, Buddha has a long open hair. In others, Buddha has a mustache with curled hair. It is one of the premier museum having the collection of Gandharan sculptures, Pahari and Rajasthani miniature paintings and so on. It also a huge library which contains a rich collection of books about art, architecture and history of art. A special section is dedicated to Dr. M. S. Randhawa, containing archival records of his correspondence on the Making of Chandigarh, available to scholars in a digitized version.


The museum serves as a means of repository of cultural history of the region. It is open for public from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 4:40 PM, and is closed on Monday and national holidays. The entry ticket is ₹10 and camera ticket is ₹5. It has a free entry for organised school groups and senior citizens. Facilities such as wheel chairs for the physically challenged are also provided. The auditorium is available at low fees for cultural and educational events as it also serves as the exhibition hall for temporary exhibitions to artists.



Being one of the finest and historically enriched museum and art gallery of India,  The Government Museum and Art Gallery of Chandigarh is always visited by local and foreign visitors. If you have a passion for art works and historical sculpture then you shouldn’t miss the chance to visit this masterpiece.


Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

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Bengal has been a State where Art is nurtured by the artists. While making the list of top art gallery and museums someone should consider Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. This place is the hub of art and culture in Kolkata – a great place for those who are interested in arts. It not only produce fine art works from famous artist but also it produces the chance to show your art works if you are a new artist.Through out the year many exhibitions are held and one can see and appreciate the work of different artists. One of the oldest fine arts academies in India, the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, was founded in 1933 by Lady Ranu Mukherjee. Initially located in a room rented out by the Indian Museum, the academy later moved to its present location in the 1950s. The efforts of Lady Ranu Mukherjee, Dr. BC Roy (the then chief minister of West Bengal) and Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India are worth mentioning in this respect.  Now it is located at Cathedral Road, Kolkata.



It contains excellent specimens of fine arts and one of the best collections in the entire country and the world. There are the general and Rabindra Mandap gallery. While the former is opened from 3PM to 8 PM daily, the Rabindra Mandap remains open from 12 PM to 6 PM every day. The Academy of Fine Arts offers several interesting attractions to the art connoisseurs. The art gallery has a huge collection of famous artist of India in the likes of Gaganendranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, Nandalal Basu and many others. Apart from that it also arranged a space for new Indian artists. It arranges some programme for showing the works of new artists in many occasion. There is a theatre auditorium in Academy of Fine Arts which is one of the most popular spots for performers and viewers of the city. Since 1984, an annual theatre festival is organised here.



If you wants to have some great look of famous Indian art works then you shouldn’t delay to visit Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. While visiting, don’t forget to  visit the carpet and textile museums located within the Academy of Fine Arts. A must-visit is the Gallery of Contemporary Art. The textile museum of the academy offers exquisite Dakhai, Patola, Jamdani, and Benarasi silk items. For glimpses of some of the most wondrous Persian carpets, you should visit the carpet museum of the Academy of Fine Arts.


The Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata remains open from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission fee is nil. It will take 2/3 hours if you want to have a detailed view. Nearest metro rail station is Maidan and nearest railway station is Howrah. It is a haven for art lovers. A visit to the Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata would present a vivid picture of Bengal’s fascination with art. Definitely this is the central place for Bengali drama, specifically for classics or experimental. They have an adjacent art gallery, never miss and spend adequate time. And finally never miss the back side standing tea stall where mouthwatering Bengali finger foods are available. It is treat to remember.



Jehangir Arts Gallery

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While making a list for top 10 arts gallery and museums in India someone must consider Jehangir Arts Gallery. Jehangir Arts Gallery is an art gallery in Mumbai.Sir Cowasji Jehangir,Second Baronet (1879-1962) was the founder of Jehangir Art Gallery. It was built in 1952.This gallery is situated at Kala Ghoda, behind the Prince of Wales Museum, in South Mumbai near the Gateway of India.The gallery was designed by G.M.Bhuta for G.M. Bhuta & Associates.It was inaugurated on 21 January 1952, by then Chief Minister of Bombay State, B. G. Kher and dedicated it to the memory of Sir Cowasji’s late son, Jehangir.The entire cost of this mansion was donated by Cowasji Jehangir.A haven for art lovers, this destination is well known for its splendid art exhibits.At present, the gallery is managed by the Bombay Art Society.Jehangir Art Gallery has been featured in the Bollywood movie ‘Chhoti si baat’.

It has four exhibition halls and serves as both an auditorium and an art gallery. A huge variety of modern Indian art is displayed here. There are also many temporary exhibitions from all over the world. The complex also encompasses the country’s oldest antique dealer called the Netasons. Furthermore, a popular cafe of Samovar representing 70’s socialist culture is also housed here. Jehangir Art Gallery hosts exhibitions by select painters,sculptors,print-makers,photographers and weavers.Up until 2015, the Jehangir Art Gallery was also home to Cafe Samovar which went on to become one of the most iconic cafes in the city.

Samovar Cafe – This is 43 year old cafe situated in the Jehangir art gallery. It claims to be reminiscent of the 70’s socialist culture. It maintains it’s own published history in the form of a book written by one of its founder Mrs Usha Khanna which talks about early days, the sixties when they were part of socialist stream and avidly followed Nehru’s dream. Though belonging to well to do families, they chose the hard way of socialism in the north India. In their harder days they migrated to Mumbai and founded this cafe naming it ‘Samovar’s remembering one of their first wedding gifts that was a Russian style tea pot called ‘Samovar’s literally meaning “self-boiler”. And the person who accompanied them all together in their socialistic journey was Balraj Sahani an icon character artist of Indian cinema, a relative to them. Such was its privileged access to artist circle that it was thrived by big names from cinema, poetry and art in those days regularly. They came here to discuss their projects over a cup of coffee, to finalize their script along with hygienically made Dahi Wadas, to relish poetry with all sorts of Punjabi Parathas and to find out what a Roti Kebab Roll was. Some movies were also shot here. Famous people of artistic arena have been frequent visitors here including R. K. Laxman, Anjoli Ela Menon, M. F, Husain, Shobhaa De, Shiva Naipaul and Amitabh Bachchan.

In March 2015, Mumbaikars lamented the shutting down of the five-decade-old Café Samovar.

But the real beauty of the area is being a center of artistic activities. Lot of shops selling from glass works to pottery could be found here round the year. And once in a year, it organizes big Kala Ghoda festival to celebrate art and liberty from around the world.

Jan – Feb. every year whole Kala Ghoda street outside Jehangir art gallery, is converted into an art plaza for two weeks. Many sorts of installation.

Facilities available

Food available for purchase,Camera/Video allowed,Wearing of shoes/footwear allowed,Lockers/Storage.



It remains open all days of the week from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. It will take visit duration 1 to 2 hours if you wants to have a broad look. The interesting fact is you will not be charged any entry fee.







Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

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In the list of top 10 art gellery of India,Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya will always get a place. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, is one of the most famous art and history museum in India.It was founded in the early years of the 20th century by prominent citizens of Mumbai , with the help of the government, to commemorate the visit of Edward VIII who was Prince of Wales at the time. It is located in the heart of South Mumbai near the Gate way of India. The museum was renamed in 1998 after  ,Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj the founder of Maratha Empire.It is situated on the southern tip of Mumbai on the ‘Crescent Site’, the Museum building is a fine example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. This building is listed as a Grade I Heritage Building and has been awarded the ‘2010 UNESCO Asia – Pacific Heritage Award’ for Cultural Heritage Conservation. It has been awarded first place for Heritage Building Maintenance by the Indian Heritage Society.


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The museum houses approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, categorized primarily into three sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History. The museum houses Indus Valley Civilization artefacts, and other relics from ancient India from the time of the Guptas, Mauryas, Chalukyas and Rashtrakuta. It has a collection of ancient sculptures like Dvarapala Yaksha, Pitalkhora Buddhist caves (2nd century CE); Buddha statue made of terracotta, Mirpur Khas (5th century CE); Terracotta head from Akhnoor (Kashmir). Head presented to the museum from the collection of Alma Latifi. (6th century CE); Vishnu statue originating from Nepal and was a part of Ratan Tata collection (18th century CE); Marble statue based on The Source by Jean Ingres. Statue was formerly on display in Musee du Louvre; Rishabhanatha, first tirthankar of Jainism; Japanese sculpture; Śvētāmbara Jainism Tirthapata (20th century CE). The museum also houses a forestry section, which has specimens of timbers grown in the Bombay Presidency (British India), and one exhibiting a small local geological collection of rocks, minerals and fossils. The Maritime Heritage Gallery, which displays objects relating to navigation, is the “first of its kind in India”. In 2008, the museum installed two new galleries, displaying the “Karl and Meherbai Khandalavala collection” and “the Coins of India”.



It brought a very mixed kind of feelings. It’s more like a private museum. Most of the things were donated by TATA family. Some artefacts were like ancient and some modern. Building is beautiful from outside in typical Indo-saracenic style. Someone can learn a fair amount by spending just about an hour in this relatively small (compared to London) museum. The TATA family influence pervades here and you quickly get the vibe of their influence on the development of the country. If you are expecting British standards of exhibitions you will be disappointed but if you have an interest in a taste of multiple artefacts in a relatively compact space then this is a good visit.




DAG Modern Art Gallery in New Delhi, Mumbai and New York.

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Historic art crafts can describe the historical background of nation or human being. On the other hand, modern art works reflects the current socio-economic conditions of a state or nation. India, being historically so enriched as well as a talk of the town in the modern era, It’s historical and modern art work is very worthy.  If  you tell me for both historic and modern then Delhi Art Gallery comes to my mind. DAG is India’s largest and best known repository of Indian art. Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) celebrates a unique position in showcasing a comprehensive collection of Modern and Contemporary Indian Art,


DAG has its flagship gallery in New Delhi and another gallery space in Mumbai, in the historic Kala Ghoda area.DAG Modern focuses on 20th Century Indian art. The DAG collection is an important historical and chronological time-line of the entire movement of modern art in the country. It opened the first international branch in New York in 2015, in the historic Fuller Building in Manhattan where it continues to hold exhibitions to great success. Preeminent gallery specialized in Indian modern art, established in New Delhi in 1993. A platform for Delhi’s modern artists Noteworthy for: This is one of the most notable modern art spaces in the city. Located in the fashionable Hauz Khas Village, this modern gallery has grown to become a premier institution for 20th century Indian art. Early-modern as well as modern and contemporary art is represented here, with major artists such as Rabindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, F N Souza, M F Husain and S H Raza amongst the over 400 artists in the gallery’s inventory.


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In it’s collection, there are so many famous works from famous artists of the world. Including,  An Intriguing Group Show Explores the Ethnic Identities of India’s Diaspora Artists; The Remarkable Depth and Variety of India’s Modern Art, now at DAG Modern in New York and Body and Landscape Become One in Works by Celebrated Indian Artist Avinash Chandra.


DAG also have a branch on Mumbai. It is situated at       58, VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India. Another branch is in New York. In all three branches, DAG has a tremendous collection of modern and historic art works from some of the famous local and foreign artists. Committed to curated exhibitions with serious publications on art and artists, DAG through its recent scheme of expansion is simultaneously focused on young emerging talents and their vanguard global practice.



Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:30 Am – 7:00 Pm







All the branches of DAG had a fruitful existence of both modern and historical art crafts. Those who are looking to visit top and famous Indian art museums they can have a fancy to visit all the DAG branches. DAG will produce the most iconic experience of visiting museums in your life with a fine mixer of modern and historic art works.




National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

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Ancient arts and sculptures are a great sources of history. Those who are really interest about history always have a fantasy to visit arts gallery and museums. India has a huge collection of historical art crafts and sculptures. These objects are contained in various museums throughout the country. From that list, National Gallery of Art, Mumbai take a part. National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai was opened to the public in 1996. The artist community, led by the eminent sculptor, Piloo Pochkhanawala and the doyen of art, Kekoo Gandhy paved the way for the formation of the NGMA Mumbai. It hosts various exhibitions and art collections of famous artists, sculptors and different civilizations. It is situated in the Cowasji Jehangir Hall, near Regal Cinema in Colaba. NGMA’s inauguration was marked by an exhibition of sculptures. All the prominent sculptors of the time like Debi Prasad Roy Chowdhury, Ramkinkar Baij, Sankho Chaudhuri, Dhanraj Bhagat, Sarbari Roy Chowdhury and others had participated. The show spoke of the painstaking preparations made by NGMA’s first curator Herman Goetz. A noted German art historian, Goetz had earlier been responsible for setting up the Baroda Museum. Since Goetz’s tenure, NGMA has had a string of distinguished directors.It is run and administered as a subordinate office to the Department of Culture, Government of India.



It’s gallery is coordinated with some precious objects. Among them, a collection of Pablo Picasso’s works,Egyptian artifacts such as mummies, statues, etc. are mostly famous. It hosts various exhibitions and art collections of paintings, sculptures and graphics with a focus on Indian and International artists. It has collections from eminent artists from the Bombay progressive group which include K. H. Ara, F. N. Souza, Gaitonde, S. H. Raza and M. F. Hussain. It also has collections from the present-day artists that include K. G. Subramanyam, Sudhir Patwardhan, Nalini Malini, Atul Dodiya and Sudarshan Shetty. Other works in the showcase of the NGMA, Mumbai are- Deity; Mobile Circus Family; Gandhari Village,1978; Flame of Freedom, 1997; Statue With Flower Pot; Monsoon 1983(A 2 – dimensional sculpture made of aluminium held by rod on a wooden ply); Devastation 1981(A sculpture with a leg and hand attached to on abstract form,attached to a pedestal); Man With Hook(A figure molded like a boy standing with no face holding a hook); Cross And Circle 1970(A sculpture with a plate at its base,circle cut on it and rods intersecting on the plate); Burning Brush 1974(An abstract form like bush standing on a plate); Man And Animal 1983(A sculpture with two angel like figures and animal); Chariot 1980(A sculpture of chariot with figurine standing on a pedestal carrying weapon); Bull(A form a bull coasted in bronze standing on wooden pedestal); Shephard(A flaw less figure walking coasted on bronze held on wooden pedestal); Swimmer (A curved form coasted in aluminium with ti sides lifted in air and held at center on the).

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It remains open all days of the week excluding Monday from 10 AM to 5 PM. Childrens, students and senior citizens will have cost just 1 INR. Adult Indian citizen will have to pay 150 INR for entry. And for foreigners it will cost 500 INR.



Formerly known as Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall, the NGMA is Mumbai’s window into the world of contemporary art. It will be a fantasy for everyone who loves visiting museums to visit the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai.





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Aakriti Art Gallery since its inception has been instrumental in promoting the upcoming artists and newer generation art works. It started it’s journey 20th century. And grown up so first to becomes one of country’s leading art gallery with buying system both online and offline. The gallery profusely deals with contemporary art of India as well reaching out to young artists from different corners of the globe. It situated at 12/3a, Orbit Enclave, Hungerford Street, Mullick Bazar, Park Street area, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017, India. Aakriti Art Gallery describes itself as having a curatorial focus on contemporary visionaries, young upcoming talents, and historical masters. They are committed to capturing a high level and diversity of contemporary Indian art in their collection. A must visit for collector of Indian art.



For nearly a decade, Aakriti has showcased some of the unique and finest exhibitions of modern and contemporary art in India building up a gateway of Indian art in the world market. It has constantly hosted workshops, art camps, talk shows and seminar and made a landmark success in promoting Indian contemporary art at the global level. Aakriti Art Gallery presently operates from two places – one gallery is in Kolkata and the other is in New Delhi. Keeping with the latest trends of the art market, Aakriti has come up with best solutions for a wider audience of fine arts from traditional paintings, sculptures, printmaking, and graphics to new media like conceptual art, video art, installations and experimental art and started an online art shop where a buyer can opt to select and buy a piece of modern and contemporary art of his or her choice from a variety of collections.


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In the list of groundbreaking contemporary artists, Aarkriti Art Gallery has largely showcased the works of Sekhar Roy, Samindranath Majumdar, Akhil Chanra Das, Sunil Deb, Amitava Dhar and from the new generation artists – the names are Sagar Bhoumik, Rajesh Deb, Sourav Jana, Nantu Behari Das, Priyanka Lahiri, Partha Guin and many others. One can always come across their works and experience their aesthetic beauty whenever they visit in any of the galleries of Aakriti in Kolkata or New Delhi.


In it’s showcase there are a huge collection of arts and sculptures. Some of them are- “Mid Night’s Dream” ; “The Music Of Life”; “Silent Viewer’s”; “Composition”; “Print Machine I”; “Triple Carriers” ; “Brata”; “Vision”; “Radha”; “Swan In Red”; “Bamboo Grove”; “Indiffrent Look”; “How Much Land Does A Man Require”; “Listner”; “Mother With Child Vi”; “Durga I” etc.There are also certain facilities for children, rest room and food in Aakriti Art Gallery. So you can visit with child.They can enjoy it’s specialized facilities for child. You can also have food as it produces food facilities too.



For those who are interested in watching art crafts and sculptures Aakriti Art Gallery is a gem. It also produces online gellery. So someone can enjoy the work of it’s showcase online. They also produces buying systems online and offline. So someone can buy the if he or his wants.



It remains open Mon – Sat, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

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