Apart from recreational parks, gaming zones and more, there is a museum in the heart of Kolkata solely dedicated to children. It has a spectacular collection of over 1000 dolls curated from around 96 nations. It also houses more than 300 Ganesha idols.
The Nehru Children’s Museum, named after the first Prime Minister of India, Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, comprises four galleries, namely the Dolls Gallery, Toys Gallery, Mahabharata Gallery and Ramayana Gallery. A visit to the museum can be a learning experience for your little ones in the most amusing way.
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Nehru Children’s Museum Was Established On November 14, 1972
Shri Jugal Srimal had conceptualised the Nehru Children’s Museum, which officially opened its doors on November 14, 1972 to mark the birthday of Shri Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehruji loved children a lot. And children used to adoringly call him Chacha Nehru. Thus, the museum was named after him. The National Cultural Association manages the museum. Shri Jugal Srimal had established the National Cultural Association in 1945 to familiarise kids with critical lessons using audio-visual methods. The organisation sought to engage children from all over India by delivering essential ideas in memorable and delightful ways.
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The Museum Also Conducts Workshops And Contests
The Nehru Children’s Museum is a three-storeyed museum with dolls from different parts of the world. The mythological sections of the museum can teach your kids about Ramayana and Mahabharata. Not only does it have an awe-inspiring doll collection, but it also conducts workshops, contests and courses for children. And when you’re done exploring the museum with your kids, you can also visit the Chinese restaurant New Embassy, just a minute away from the museum. It is run by a Chinese family and serves highly scrumptious momos, spring chicken, chow mein and more.
So, if you’re in Kolkata or visiting the city with your kid, include this museum on your bucket list!
Where: 94/1, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020
When: 11 AM to 7 PM ( Mondays and Tuesdays closed)
Entry Fee: ₹20 for visitors aged 16 and above; ₹10 for kids below 16 years
Feature Image Credits: Nehru Children’s Museum (Facebook and Website)