The Delhi Metro Museum situated at the Patel Chowk Metro Station is South Asia's first ever Metro Museum which showcases the genesis and history of the Delhi Metro. It is possibly the only museum in a functional Metro station worldwide and has a rich array of display of precious photographs and models.
The museum traces the genesis of the Delhi Metro which took three decades to reach the operational stage from the drawing boards. All major milestones, issues regarding the selection of the technology have been displayed here. Metro's unique management style, earthquake proof structures and the distinction of being the first railway project to claim carbon credits have been given prominence. Souvenirs such as Metro models, ties, pens, key-chains and books are available for sale at the museum. This museum is not only an attraction for the tourists visiting the city, but also offers a wealth of information and data to young engineers and researchers who are involved with Metro projects in the other cities. The museum has many books on sale about the construction of the Metro. That apart, there are interactive pods which show videos and films on many technical aspects such as the working of the Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) and segment launchers. In fact, the DMRC has included a visit to the museum, as a part of its training module at the Training School, where budding engineers and operations officials of India's major Metro projects receive training. Therefore, in many ways, the museum is also showing the way to the other cities which are implementing or planning Metro systems. Officials from the neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and Pakistan have also visited the museum in the last couple of years. Many students from prestigious universities and colleges worldwide such as Stanford University, Columbia University, Carlson School and Yale University have also visited the museum to gather knowledge about the Delhi Metro, which is the most successful public transport project executed in the country so far.
The main attractions of the museum are the 27 display panels made of stainless steel and fire resistant fibre sheets with wooden texture. These attractive panels touch upon many interesting aspects of Metro operations such as Metro's unique management style, earthquake proof structures, the distinction of being the first railway project to claim carbon credits, DMRC's choice of gauge for the Metro system etc. The museum is enriched by working models of the Operations Control Centre, CCTV cameras and the tunnel boring machine. These operational models which display how the OCC or the TBM works are a major hit with the visitors. Apart from these, there are also models of the Metro train, stations etc. Attractive mannequins of the Delhi Metro mascot, operations and projects staff greet the visitors to the museum and also display the discipline that these uniforms instill in the employees of the organization. The awards and certificates won by DMRC also find a place of pride in the museum. Soil samples from the construction sites, the kits of the station managers and train operators show the hard work that goes behind running 200 Metro trains on a network of 190 kilometres everyday from 6 AM till 11 PM.
Besides these collections, the museum also has a rich collection of rare photographs chronicling the achievements of the organization. The photo of the first day of Delhi Metro's operations in 2002, when the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had inaugurated the stretch from Shahdara to Tis Hazari, the first batch of operations staff during their training tour to Singapore etc find a place in the photo gallery. The photograph Delhi Metro's first ever train operator is also displayed. The audio-video pods and a giant LED screen installed in the museum screen films on Delhi Metro along with technical presentations on the working of the tunnel boring machines and segment launchers.
The addition of a rich souvenir shop has now made the museum even more attractive. The kiosk has something for all ages and genders. While the kids can take away attractive push back Metro toy trains and Ludo games, the elders can purchase Metro key chains, bookmarks etc at reasonable prices.
The Metro Museum also conducts visits of school children from all parts of the country in order to educate them about the Metro. the Metro Museum curator can be contacted at 011-23345851 for the same. Quiz shows and art competitions have also been organized in the past for the school children at the museum.