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The Department of Museology of National Museum Institute is the only Museology department in the country which functions within the museum premises. Since its inception it has played an influential role in the field of museum study and research.

The department has made a striking and persistent contribution to the national and international cultural sector and in the field of museum studies through:

  • Producing original, defined and influential research.
  • Training creative and critical professionals pertaining to museum education, exhibition and museum promotion.
  • Working collaboratively on a range of pioneering initiatives not only in creating better career prospects for our students but also for safeguarding our rich cultural heritage.

On World Heritage Day, 2023, the Department of Museology, National Museum Institute organized an educational workshop under their 'Outreach Programme' for the school students from Raasna village, Meerut. The Workshop “Aao Chalen Sangrahalaya Ki Or” was organized to create awareness among school students coming from rural areas about the relevance of museums, highlighting their role in supplementing the formal education system. The Workshop was conceptualized by Prof. (Dr.) Manvi Seth, Dean NMI & HoD Museology and Assistant Professor (Museology), Dr. Juhi Sadiya. The Workshop was coordinated by Yogesh Kumar Sharma (Research Assistant), Interns, and Postgraduate students of the Second and Third Semester, Department of Museology. The students were provided with an educational booklet, focusing on learning through museum objects followed by an interactive guided tour of the National Museum Galleries, and creative educational activities.


The valedictory function held at the National Museum Institute on 17th March, 2023 marked the successful completion of the 12-day Capacity Building Programme, on ‘Preservation of Historical and Cultural Monuments’,Organized by the Department of Museology, NMI, in collaboration with Ministry of External Affairs for in-service museum professionals of the MGC partner countries. Prof (Dr.) Manvi Seth, Dean, HOD (Museology), NMI, and Asst. Prof (Dr.)Juhi Sadiya, Department of Museology, interacted with the participants discussing their respective experiences and memories throughout the program.

G20 at KHAJURAHO, Madhya Pradesh

DAY-6: Re(ad)dress: Return of Treasures  The students of Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir High School, Rajnagar and Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Khajuraho visited the MCCC, Khajuraho to get a glimpse of the  adventurous journey of our repatriated cultural treasures. The concept of repatriation and its relevance within the larger context of cultural heritage, presented through an engaging display of repatriated  artefacts, archival records, and audio visuals was much appreciated by the students.  The invaluable feedback given by them added new leaves to our tree of hope, hope for our other cultural artefacts to come home soon!


DAY-5: During the first Culture Working Group meeting under India's Presidency of G20, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri Govind Mohan and the G20 delegates visited the exhibition 'Re(ad) dress- Return of Treasures' at the Maharaja Chhatrasal convention Centre, Khajuraho. There Prof. (Dr) Manvi Seth, Curator of the exhibition, Dean NMI, HOD Department of Museology gave them a curatorial walk introducing them to the multiple narratives of the repatriated antiquities and their transition from being victims of illicit trafficking to cultural ambassadors.


DAY-3&4: Re(ad) dress :  Return of Treasures, an exhibition on the repatriated objects to India being organised at MCCC, Khajuraho has been a welcome interlude for the delegates of the 1st Culture Working Group (CWG) meeting. The global approach of the exhibition on repatriation of cultural property was a case in point for initiating further dialogue and deliberations about importance and need for repatriation. Ms. Lily Pandeya, Joint Secretary, G20, Ministry of Culture described the exhibition as a very timely endeavor with extreme significance for the nations among the G20 members as an inspiration for the countries to repatriate cultural property. 

1st Culture Working Group (CWG) under India's G20 Presidency at KHAJURAHO

An exhibition, 'DAY-1&2: Re(ad)dress : Return of Treasures’ to celebrate the return of 242 antiquities to India is being held at Maharaja Chhatrasal Convention Center (MCCC), Khajuraho from 22-28 February 2023 as part of the 1st Culture Working Group (CWG) meeting under India's G20 Presidency. The exhibition was inaugurated in the presence of Hon'ble Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan; Hon'ble Union Minister of Culture, Tourism and DoNER, Shri G.Kishan Reddy; Hon'ble Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr. Virendra Kumar, Hon'ble Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, Smt Meenakshi Lekhi, and the Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri Govind Mohan. The exhibition is conceptualised by Department of Museology, National Museum Institute, New Delhi that showcases successful cases of repatriation of cultural property through select examples from India and worldwide. The story of return of cultural artefacts is spread accross six themes - Cultural Heritage, Repatriation of Cultural Property, Historical Precedents, Conventions and Guiding Principles, Global Cooperation, and Glimpses of the Return. The exhibition displays 26 repatriated antiquities from ASI, repatriated to India from countries such as USA, UK, Australia, France, and Canada complimented by digital panels, informative text, audio visuals of other repatriated objects, a booklet, audio guides and holographic display. The Parrot Lady, repatriated by Canada to India in 2015 takes the visitors through the intricate web of illicit trafficking and appropriation of cultural aretafcts, and their subsequent return to their country of origin.



Research based Academic Documentary film produced by the department based on Losar festival of Ladakh, titled ‘Losar- The new beginning’ has been selected in 9th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2019. Out of 700 plus applications, this documentary has been selected for special screening for film professionals & media students under festival knowledge exchange programme with universities & institutions in India.
Central Board of Film Certification has certified the documentary film 'LOSAR-The new beginning' as an 'Academic documentary' in 'U' category.
A Capacity Building Program organised by the Department of Museology (NMI) with Ministry of External Affairs March, 2023
An Exhibition on G20 Curated by Prof.(Dr) Manvi Seth, Dean/HoD (Museology), NMI at Khajuraho, M.P. News Video
Losar - The new beginning
Weaving and Stone Carving
Jingling Bells and New Dawn
Buddhist Chanting and Novruz festival in Ladakh
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