NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) owes its genesis to the Late Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi.
While considering new projects to be initiated in 1972 on the 25th anniversary of India’s Independence she decided that the country needed a museum of natural history to depict the country’s flora, fauna and mineral wealth – and to provide an out-of-school facility for education. The National Museum of Natural History opened its doors to the public in a rented building on Barakhamba Road on 5 June 1978, which coincided with the World Environment Day. NMNH has grown substantially during the last 30 years, with the addition of three more galleries and the ‘discovery and activity room’, which has conducted a variety of educational programs and brought out a large amount of popular literature.