National Gallery Of Modern Art

National Gallery Of Modern Art

A repository for more than 17000 of the country's most significant modern and contemporary works of art, the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, is home to more than 17000 works. NGMA's primary goals are to collect and preserve modern art from 1850 onwards and present it to a global public. This will increase sensitivity to modern Indian art. In addition, the institution promotes various forms of contemporary Indian art. A new wing was inaugurated on January 19th 2009, which doubled the gallery's display space by more than six times. It was inaugurated on March 29th, 1954 by Vice-President Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. A second functional branch of NGMA is located at the Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall in Mumbai and at the Manikyavelu Mansion on Palace Road in Bengaluru.

To broaden Indian art's horizons through collaborations and partnerships both on national and international platforms. In addition, it seeks to showcase Indian artists to a wider global audience. NGMA's first Director General took office in December 2016. The National Gallery of Modern Art is responsible for maintaining high standards and ensuring quality. The National Gallery of Modern Art's objectives and aims are not only defined by their aesthetic and educational purposes. However, efforts are being made to ensure that these purposes become implicit in its organization and pervade all its activities, as well. In addition to extending people's relationship with their daily lives and experiencing them as vital expressions of the human spirit, the National Gallery of Modern Art helps them look at modern art with more joy, understanding, and knowledge.

Timings & Entry Fees

Timings : Mondays and National Holidays are closed to the public. Open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm. Open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Entry Fees : Entry is free for students, and there is a nominal fee for adults of Indian nationality of 20 INR, and for foreign nationals of 500 INR.

Time Required : For the gallery, you will need 2 hours, and for the walkthroughs and detailed tour, you will require 3 hours.


Founded in 1949, the idea of a national art gallery began to germinate and bear fruit. Nehru's government, Maulana Azad's government, Humayun Kabir, and the active art community nurtured it carefully. NGMA's formal inauguration took place on March 29, 1954, in the presence of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and artists and art lovers from the city. Vice-president Dr S Radhakrishanan formally inaugurated the museum. As a symbol of the organization's high profile, Lutyens chose Jaipur House, one of the premier structures in Delhi. It was designed by Charles G Blomfield and his brother Francis B Blomfield as a residence for the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1936. Based on Sir Edwin Lutyens' concept of the Central Hexagon, it is shaped like a butterfly with a central dome. Together with Herbert Baker, Lutyens designed and built Delhi's first capital. A harmonious harmony of facades was conceptualised by the famous architect. This gave the buildings a distinctive character, along with those constructed for other princely potentates like Bikaner and Hyderabad. Jaipur House was situated around the India Gate circle.

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How to reach

It would take about 30 minutes by cab to reach the gallery from Indira Gandhi International Airport, which is about 20 kilometers away. You can also board a bus to get there. Because Delhi is well-connected, one shouldn't experience any problems with commuting and the closest metro station is Central Secretariat. You can reach the gallery by cab in 11 minutes from the airport if you are traveling by train. The train station is 4.5 kilometers from the gallery.

National Gallery of Modern Art

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