Indraprastha Museum
of Art & Archaeology
IAS CENTRE MUSEUM IHCS HH
 
 

Indraprastha Museum of Art and Archaeology was established in the year 1997 by the Indian Archaeological Society in its own multi-storied building at B-17, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi-16.
The museum houses the antiquities excavated by the Society at different ancient sites such as Kamrej in Gujarat and Kampilya in Uttar Pradesh as well as antiquities donated by individuals and institutions. The museum also houses works of art and crafts of the contemporary period.
The museum has more than 5000 objects by now which are grouped as follows:
1.) Fossils from the Narmada valley as well as from the Sivaliks. There are both mammalian and non-mammalian fauna going back to more than ½ million years from now, belonging to the Middle Pleistocene period. Along with the fossils there is a large collection of Stone Age tools- the Palaeoliths, the Microliths, the Neoliths and tools of the Upper Palaeolithic period. These tools belong to Indian sites as well as the sites located in France, Spain, Poland, England, America, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Japan, etc. The collection was the donation of Dr. A.P. Khatri, an eminent Prehistorian of India who worked in many parts of the world.
2.) There are potteries belonging to different periods of Indian History, starting from the Indus-Saraswati Civilization (3000 BC) through the Early Historic Period.
3.) There are coins of different periods starting from the Punch Marked coin of 4th century BC.
4.) There are a number of paintings which belong to the modern period, including the one in oil on canvas from USSR
5.) There are Persian manuscripts and documents.
6.) There are objects of Decorative Art.

 

 
 

The museum has recently published first volume of its catalogue entitled Art and Archaeology of India Stone Age to the Present.

 
 

The museum has published second volume of its catalogue entitled A Catalouge of Prehistoric Tools.