The families programme allows parents and their children to participate in interactive learning experiences together, from treasure trails and guided tours to activity workshops.

You can read more about the workshops being run at the museum in the downloadable India and the World What's On Guide (PDF).

Theatre Workshops

The workshop is aimed at 10-15 year olds and aims to engage young people to consider the transaction between object and the person. It explores how an object speaks to a person, how a person responds to the object, and what interpretations and meanings he or she makes from the object. Theatre will be used as a transactional medium in this conversation between object and person where in the participants will explore certain objects and/or ideas, displayed in the exhibition ‘India and the World’, from various angles, through using some theatre games and exercises.

The National Museum is collaborating with Herithart for this workshop. Herithart works in the fields of theatre, heritage walks and other performing arts. Its founder and associates have several decades of experience, and the organisation has collaborated with the National Museum on many occasions.


Theatre Workshop
Details: 15 May - 18 May 2018, 10.00am to 1.30pm, 30 seats per workshop
Price: RS. 300/-
National Museum has organised theatre workshops in association with ‘Herithart’, an organization which uses theatre as a transactional medium in conversation between objects and people. Herithart is working in the felds of Theatre, Heritage Walks and Performing Arts.


The following objects will be prominent in the production:


•    Indian hand axe
•    British pot
•    Humped bull with gold horns
•    Mauryan pillar capital
•    An edict of Emperor Ashoka
•    Roman imperial inscription
•    Ganesha
•    Tandava by Shiva

•    Crucifix
•    Huastec goddess
•    Virgin with Child
•    Jahangir holding a portrait of the Virgin Mary
•    Poseidon
•    Durer’s Rhinoceros,
•    Shield (dhal) of Maharana Sangram Singh ii
•    Rahu, the consumer of time

Meet the Makers

The National Museum invites our guests to be a part of a series of demonstrative workshops which highlight the manufacturing skills and technologies which have been passed down to us from our ancient pasts. Workshops currently scheduled include:

1.    Stone tool making
Details: 29 May & 30 May 2018, 10:30am, 25 seats per workshop
Facilitators: Prof. Shanti Pappu & Dr. Kumar Akhilesh (Sharma Centre for Heritage Conservation)
Stone tools are some of the earliest tools that human beings created. Their invention marked a great shift in human technology and thus laid the foundations of the scientific advancements we see these days. This workshop will give an insight into the social and economic conditions of the past humans and how this specific technology evolved over time.

2.    Lost Wax Technique.
Details: 01 June, 02 June & 03 June 2018, 10.30am, 25 seats per workshop
Facilitator: Mr. Mr. Uday Kumar, an expert in the field of traditional bronze casting,
The advent of metals proved to be a turning point in the history of humanity. Not only did this give humans a great edge over animals, they also began using metals to cast statues and sculptures which had apparent religious or ceremonial (totally non-utilitarian) purposes.

3.    Bead making
Details: 05 June, 06 June & 07 June 2018, 11.00am & 10.30am. 30 seats per workshop
Facilitator: Mr. Anwar Hussain (National awardee and expert in the art of bead making.
The ancient civilizations of the Indus Valley, Mesopotamia and Egypt all used beads in one way or as other. Beads made up of semi-precious stones like carnelian and lapis lazuli were often worked on to make jewellery and bodily ornaments. This workshop is inspired by the objects displayed in the Indian Ocean traders section and is an extraordinary chance to learn one of the oldest crafts of the world.


The drop-in workshops do not require pre-registration and will take place every day during the dates shown.

1. Harappan Seal-Making
05 May till 30 June 2018, 10.30am, 30 seats per workshop
Venue: Exhibition Activity Zone
Price: Free with museum ticket
Harappan seals tell us a lot about the way people led their lives in the past. They show interesting animals like crocodiles, rhinos and bulls along with traces of the Indus writing,
which is yet to be decoded. You can make these seals for yourself and take them back home too! Visit the exhibition and make the Harappan seals in the activity area.

2. Fun With Motifs
Details: 22 May - 24 May 2018, 11.00am-5.00pm
Venue: Museum Activity Area
Price: Free with museum ticket
This workshop will provide interesting and creative engagement for children and adults on the themes of ‘Ancient Designs and Motifs’. The aim of this workshop is to relate our lives with the ancient motifs present in the exhibition “India and the World: A history in Nine Stories”. It will have interactive talks and practical painting programs. Walk into the museum and be a part of this interesting workshop. Facilited by Ms. Suchismita Mohanty.