Dehradun has always been in vogue because of its unpredictable yet salubrious weather. It is the capital of the Dev-ki-Bhuumi Uttarakhand and is home to a number of captivating natural vistas. But little do we know about the heritage and the unique artefacts of this Himalayan town. Museums in Dehradun will give you an insight on various topics such as history, science, agriculture, forestry, space, oceanography etc. As the summer vacations have knocked our doors and you might be wondering about the Things to do in Summers in Dehradun, you can take a detour of various museums in the town as it will be an experience that will be one of a kind.
1. Subir Raha Oil Museum
The Subir Raha Oil Museum is named after the ex-CMD of ONGC, Subhir Raha. The museum focuses on informing folks about the different stages and logistics of crude oil. The Museum has various sections which depict the history of crude oil along with a number of samples. It also shows the ways of transportation along with the production of oil and an insight of the refining technologies that are used in this industry. There is an Audio-Visual room which shows the journey of ONGC and the oil industry in India. The museum is located near the Doon School about 2km from Clock Tower
Entry Fee- Rs 10
2. Regional Science Centre
The Regional Science Centre entertains both the science enthusiasts and the children of various age groups. It is a perfect outing for your child being one amongst the best Things to do in Summers in Dehradun, it will expand your child’s knowledge. The science park includes a Dinosaur Park, a Himalayan gallery, a 3D theatre, a library, a 22-seater auditorium and an exhibition hall. It is located inside the premise of Uttarakhand State Council for Science & Technology, Vigyan Dham near Premnagar (13km from Clock Tower).
Timings- 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
3. FRI Museum
FRI is not only a Colonial Heritage Sight in Dehradun built by the British, but it is also houses some museums for the public. There are six sections in the museum that are related to silviculture, entomology and forest pathology. The Timber Museum is also a great attractions as it has shown the importance of the Timber wood in our daily lives. FRI is located near Ballupur Chowk, 5km from Clock Tower.
Closes at 5pm
4. Zonal Anthropological Museum
The Museum is located at 500 m from FRI and 4 km from Clock Tower. It was established in 1972 by the Anthropological Survey of India. The Museum showcases the a variety of historical artefacts that are related to the origin, development and sustenance of mankind in the Himalayan region. The visitors also have the opportunity to get an insight of the social customs of the first inhabitants of the Himalayan foothills.
Timings- 10 AM – 1 PM and 2 PM – 5 PM. Closed on Sundays, 2nd Saturdays and public holidays.
5. Wadia Geology Museum
The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology has a state of art museum which is dedicated to the geology of The Mighty Himalayas. it is open to the public and it educates people on the evolution, natural resources and its geological past. The museum displays the importance of the Himalayas and its environmental impact in an absolutely beautiful way. Its main attraction is the Himalayas and their importance in our lives and how can we preserve and conserve them. The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology is located near Ballupur Chowk and is at a distance of 3 km from Clock Tower.
Timings- 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
Small Museums, Art Galleries and Monuments in Dehradun
You can also visit some small museums, art galleries and monuments in Dehradun. Some of these are very renowned like the Timber Museum, ICFRE Photo Gallery and Museum, Old Tehri City Model and Museum, C & P Division FRI Dehradun Museum, Auditorium and Museum at Kalugarh Road Dehradun, Satabdi Van Vighyan Kendra Dehradun, Shaheed Smarak Dehradun, Tribal Research Institute and Tribal Museum Dehradun.