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
The museum has more than 5000 objects by now which are grouped as
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.