India has set up South Asia’s first modern Metro Museum, showcasing the Delhi Metro in New Delhi, the only such installation worldwide in an operational metro station. You will be mesmerized by this unique type of museum. Discover.
Found at the Metro Museum, in Patel Chowk, Metro station comes as a New Year gift to the citizens of Delhi and showcases the genesis, history and journey of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Built in one of the most congested cities in the world, the Delhi Metro used cutting edge technology from around the world including Germany, France, Japan, and Korea to create a transport system that is one of the most advanced in the world.
Metro Museums can be found in only a few European, US and Japanese cities, but the one at Delhi Metro is the only one of its kind in an operational station set up in a short duration of two months. The museum has a collection of display panels, historical photographs and exhibits. It traces the genesis of the Delhi Metro, which took 32 years to reach the operational stage from the drawing boards, major milestones, issues regarding the selection of the technology such as rolling stock (trains), rail gauge, etc. All of these have been highlighted on the displays.
Additionally, the museum has an extensive section on the construction of the Metro and the problems encountered during the process, including the story behind the construction of technological marvels such as the Chawri Bazaar metro station, which is the second deepest metro station in the world, India's first extra-dosed bridge. A model of Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), a "tooth" taken from a TBM, soil samples collected from around the city and helmets of different colours used at construction sites, all form part of the Museum.
The Museum has two touch screen displays that play the DMRC corporate movie and animations describing the way tunnel boring machines and launching girders were used in elevated construction work.
Souvenirs with the metro logo, such as ties, pens, key-chains and books are available for sale at the museum. Curator services at the museum can be availed from 10 am to 4 pm on all days except Mondays.