Illustrating the history, growth, and advancement of the Indian judiciary system and exhibiting several artifacts related to ancient civilizations, the Supreme Court Museum in New Delhi is one of the must-visit places which is fascinating yet very informative.
Timing: 10 am to 5 pm (Monday closed)
Location: Supreme Court, Tilak Marg, New Delhi
Entry Fees: Free
The Supreme Court of India is the highest judicial forum and final court of appeal under the Constitution of India. The Supreme Court Museum is one such place in New Delhi that illustrates the growth and development of the judiciary system in India and is an ideal place for someone who would like to seek more about the chronology of the legal system of India. Inaugurated on 27 September 2001, the Supreme Court Museum is located to the north of the Supreme Court and depicts the same architectural style as the court.
The Supreme Court Museum is categorized into two sections where the first one deals with the advancement and growth of the judiciary in India, while the second section deals with the Federal Court and the Supreme Court. Visitors can see various documents and artifacts describing the history of the Indian legal system from the British period, calligraphies, manuscripts, statues, the Harappan seals, the head of a priest, Ashokan edicts, and the Nalanda copper plate of the 9th century AD. The second section displays antique furniture, mementos, ceremonial costumes with wigs, and files that contain landmark verdicts delivered by the Supreme Court. The records of some of the most impactful cases such as the Mahatma Gandhi murder case and the Indira Gandhi assassination case are also put on display.
Apart from this, other notable articles on showcase comprise copies of Firmans, Holy Quran, treaties, legal documents from the era of Mughals, portraits dating back to the British period, and belongings from the Mauryan empire. Other highlights displayed in the museum are silver coins, Indian postal stamps, canes, maces, and an age-old typewriter that draw the attention of the visitors.