Guest Author - Preena Deepak
Mahatma Gandhi is the Father of the Indian nation. His teachings and philosophy of non violence which is now known all over the world were the weapons that secured independence to India from the British colonial rulers. Sadly though Gandhiji was assassinated just 5 months after India became independent. His life, ideas and instructions are an inspiration and are carefully preserved in museums in several Indian states. Here is a list of famous Gandhi museums in India. Each of these is unique with a history of its own and showcases a different angle of India’s most loved leader.
National Gandhi Museum, New Delhi
Situated right across Rajghat which houses the Samadhi of Gandhiji is the National Gandhi Museum. This museum has a huge collection of sculptures, photographs and paintings of Gandhiji, preserved in memory of his life and philosophy. Some of Gandhiji’s personal belongings and the dress he wore on the day he was assassinated are also on display. The museum is open from 10.00 am to 5.30 pm on all the days of the week except Mondays. For more details check the website here
Gandhi Museum New Delhi
Mani Bhavan, Mumbai
The home of a diamond merchant and supporter of the congress, Mani Bhavan is now a museum to remember Mahatma Gandhi. Located very close to August Kranti Maidan where the historic ‘Quit India movement’ began, Mani Bhavan now has on its premises a choice display of pictures, books and other personal belongings of Gandhiji. There is a huge library of Gandhiji’s books and books read by him. Another highlight of the museum is the room in which Gandhi used to stay during his visits which has been preserved intact. The museum is open on all days from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm excluding national holidays. For details click below
Mani Bhavan Mumbai
Gandhi Museum, Kolkota
The Gandhi memorial museum in Barrakpore Kolkota is organized into 5 galleries which display around 800 photographs and articles used by Mahatma Gandhi. This is the biggest Gandhi museum in eastern India. The museum also has a study center attached to it and brings out several publications. For more details refer to the website
Gandhi Museum Kolkota
Gandhi Museum, Coimbatore
Around 60 pictures are on display in the Gandhi Museum in Coimbatore, all portraying Gandhiji’s life at different stages. Models of his sandals and other personal belongings are also on display. The museum is open on all days from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm excluding Government holidays. For details contact: 0422 6548892
Mahatma Gandhi Sangrahlay (Museum), Ahmedabad
The Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad where Gandhiji lived is now a National monument with one section functioning as a museum. There are life size paintings, a writing table and chakra used by Gandhi, almost 35000 books on Gandhian thoughts and several other artifacts preserved for posterity. The Ashram is open from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm on all days. For details contact 079-27557277.
Gandhi Sangrahalaya, Patna
The Gandhi Sangrahalaya (museum) in Patna houses books, pictures and several items of interest on the life of Mahatna Gandhi with a special focus on Bihar. For details log on to
Gandhi Sangrahalaya Patna
Gandhi Museum, Kerala
The Gandhi Memorial Museum and Library in Wayanad, Kerala is a boarding house near the Jain Temple where Gandhiji took rest. The museum is well maintained and has a neat display.
Gandhi Museum, Madurai
The Tamukkan Palace of Rani Mangammal of the Nayak Dynasty has now been converted into Gandhi Memorial Museum. The museum functions from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and again from 2.00 pm to 5.45 pm. For details contact +91 9443037339.
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