A place for vintage enthusiasts. An excursion for retro seekers. It’s a dream turned into reality for car enthusiasts. For adults, it is a nostalgic trip back to a time when things seemed simpler. For children though, it’s a bit of a mix where education and entertainment combine with an appreciation for automobiles and an understanding of the history of transport in the country.
The Heritage Transport Museum is by far one of the best-organized museums I’ve been to in the country. Professionally displayed transport vehicles, a helpful available staff, guided tours, and lots of space – both inside and out in the open – to explore and discover.
Situated roughly an hour away from New Delhi, towards Jaipur, just off the NH8, a visit to the museum makes for a wonderful day trip for the whole family. Although the majority of the museum covers cars from different eras, there’s enough about other modes of transport – Air, Water, and Sea – to give the young ones something to think about.
There’s ample to do at the Heritage Transport Museum beside a walk through all the vintage beauties; An hourly movie presentation in a small theatre – educational – is perfect for a breather after all the walking. The open garden often has activities (at an extra cost) like camel rides or paint-a-car. For those wanting to celebrate a special occasion or host an event, the museum also rents out its space – auditorium, conference room, and grounds.
Since a trip to the museum is a day out you should either pack your own lunch, especially when traveling with kids or can also make use of the in-house cafe. There’s a small souvenir shop too if you like collecting memories in a more physical form.
One of the most interesting aspects of the museum was the space provided for exhibitions – art and art installation – throughout its premises adding more vibrant and stimulating features to admire. From quirky to functional to social, the variety in the art displayed is quite diverse in color and thought.
However, it is a museum in the truest sense and that was one of the two issues that bothered me slightly. The no-touch policy – understandable – means you can only look at the vintage beauties but not sit in them (or touch them either). I understand that it’s necessary, to keep them shining and polished, but for a visitor, especially children, it does take away half the fun.
The other issue being from the point of view of an amateur photographer, the lighting is very moody and dim and also because all the cars are cramped together – again, understandable – photography is no easy task.
Other than these minor picky issues, the museum makes for an extremely fun-filled day. The Heritage Transportation Trust, who own and administers the museum, also works with schools and has an outreach program so that this space, which has so lovingly been created, can benefit more. Workshops and library sources are added benefits that can further ignite the interests of the visiting audience.
Photos clicked, nostalgia kindled, and information learned, if you want to add some desi, local flavor to your return journey, then make sure to stop at one of the numerous dhabas – roadside eateries – that dot the Delhi Jaipur Highway (two that I’ve eaten at are Old Rao Hotel and Old Rao Hotel).
Heritage Transport Museum
Bilaspur – Taoru Road (Major District Road 132)
Off NH 8 (Bilaspur Chowk), Taoru
Gurgaon (Haryana) 122105
Timings : Tuesday to Sunday – 10AM to 7PM
Fee : Adults – Rs. 400 / Children and Students – Rs. 200
Contact: +91- 9871667018 / http://www.heritagetransportmuseum.org/
Never heard of this place before, looks so cool!
Wow..what a dapper place!
I am not a huge car enthusiast but it is a great educational experience if you want to learn a bit of history. Transportation is a huge part of history. Hence, it is a fun and interactive museum to explore. I would definitely visit this museum if I were in the area!
There are some really cool cars and vehicles on show here. I love all your photos, they show off the musuem well. A very nice place to visit and take in some knowledge too!
I love how organised the museum is and how great shape the vehicles are in. I have a soft spot for Vespas and it’s amazing to see them in a museum all the way in India! It’s great that the owner of the museum is also a philanthropist and gives back to the community by working with schools.
With its name, I initially thought it was in the US. That it is in India and that it is of this quality are an amazing combination of facts! Love the yellow bike!
What a fun museum! I’m a history buff and love visiting unique museums, especially ones that have such a fun theme throughout. I love that the museum also offers videos. Sometimes it does get tiring wandering around, just looking at cool stuff.
wow, this museum has some really cool and fun pieces in it. I like how they got creative beyond transport vehicles. Def fun for the whole family.
Lois Alter Mark
Wow, what a perfect museum for all ages! Whether it’s the nostalgia factor or the excitement of various automobiles, it seems like there’s something for all members of the family to enjoy. This would be such a neat spot for a birthday or retirement party as well!
Wow what a fun and colourful museum, it looks like you had a blast and got some great photos. My partner is really into cars so I think he would love it here.
Mimi & Mitch
We absolutely love vintage stuff and cars also, so this is def a place we would love to visit! Could imagine how with the dim light it’s tough to have outstanding photos that would give the cars its justice. We still enjoyed your photos as they made us feel like we were just there!