As part of its mission to educate the general public about India’s numismatic heritage and its relevance in the country’s history, INHCRF set up a money museum that opened doors to the public in the year 1987. The museum was previously dedicated to Indian numismatics and hence, it is still locally famous as ‘Nane Sangrahalaya (Coin Museum)’.
Now, after re-development, with the support of a grant from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, the museum has been renamed ‘Shanti-Krishna Museum of Money & History’ and spans an area of nearly 3,600 sq. m (12,000sq ft). It now covers not only numismatics but also includes engrossing displays on themes of natural history, archaeology, and anthropology amongst others.
Curations at a Glance
Our well-curated exhibits promise patrons an immersive and informative experience. Irrespective of age, a thorough appreciation of our heritage is ensured for all visitors. The panels modeled on school curriculums for students to better understand their history textbooks are equally enjoyed by adults.
Numismatics forms the heart of the museum. 2,500 years of Indian history has been encapsulated in numerous panels. Information on the earliest coins dating back to 6th/5th century BCE to present currency and everything in between are available to the visitors. The displays are supplemented by minting dioramas and paintings.
The natural history galleries take you on a captivating journey of the evolution of various life forms on earth through naturally preserved remains. Fossils of animals, plants, and mammals provide insight into their various developmental stages and past climatic conditions.
Another interesting section is the archaeological galleries that focus on artifacts from the Stone Age Cultures, the Indus Valley/Harappan Civilizations as well as Copper and Iron using cultures that help us understand our archaeological past better. The other panels display potteries and expression of art manifested in terracotta figurines.
Our cultural panels cover many diverse themes, ranging from historical bronzes, miniature paintings to theatre projectors and musical instruments. The highlight of the display are the panels showcasing Ganjifas, the playing cards of India, not known to many. Our puppet panel is especially enjoyed by our young visitors. The ‘KG Maheshwari Photo Art Gallery’ presents mesmerizing and captivating black and white photographs were taken by the master photographer.
Casual visitors take a minimum of an hour to go through the museum, so be sure that you have sufficient time to have a fulfilling visit. All the same, a quick round would be equally enjoyable.