The Indian Customs and Central Excise Museum is the first museum of its kind, depicting the rich history of the Indian Customs and Central Excise department. The museum showcases an array of seized goods, antiques, and customs heritage. It was inaugurated and thrown open by the then Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on July 25, 2009. It tells the exciting story of India's smuggling history, displaying the unusual items uncovered by keen-eyed customs officials and the elaborate lengths smugglers went to in an effort to conceal their activities. The Indian Customs and Central Excise Museum has been conceptualized to depict the never-ending battle between the smugglers / tax evaders and the Men on duty.
The museum is categorized into 4 galleries introductory, custom heritage, the battle of wits gallery and seizure gallery. Various seizures in the original, such as arms & armor, bronze images, stones sculptures etc...along with several seals & gold beads. The Museum through its collection of rare and unique items on display traces the evolution of this theme from the days of Indus Valley Civilization till present time. It takes forward the same theme through artifacts, documents, manuscripts, photographs etc. to give an aura of the continuous action and counteraction. The first National Museum of Customs and Central Excise reflect the mood of the nation which has depicted the ancient civilization. It not only speaks of the articles and objects but it has its identity and speaks of the past. It hoped that the museum would take the viewers more than 2500 years back in knowing the history of the Indian civilization.