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National Gandhi Museum

Location:Just opposite Rajghat on the main Ring Road (Mahatma Gandhi Road)

Time to Visit:Tuesday-Sunday, Monday closed

Preferred Timings: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Admission Fee: Free and open to all.

Photography charges: nil

Video charges: INR 100/ hour service charge

How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this museum or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.

Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station

Nearest Metro Station: New Delhi

Functional Metro Station: New Delhi

Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Time required for sightseeing: Approx 40 minutes

Just opposite the 'samadhi' of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat lies the National Gandhi Museum (Rashtriya Gandhi Sangrahalaya), the two storey museum which has a very rich collection of photographs, relics, memorabilia closely connected with Mahatma Gandhi, books, journals and documents, audio-visual materials, exhibitions and art pieces. Inaugurated by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India in 1961, the museum is gradually developing into an information center on Gandhian thoughts and literature. The museum houses a very well maintained library, which has one of the finest collections of books and documents on Mahatma Gandhi and India's freedom movement. Apart from other exciting titles, it has around 25000 photocopies of manuscripts like telegrams, letters and notes written to and by Mahatma Gandhi.

Among the many memorabilia, the precious possessions of the museum are the pocket watch, blood stained dhoti and shawl worn by Mahatma Gandhi when he was assassinated, the bamboo stick that Gandhiji carried on the Salt March in 1930, his spectacles, one of three bullets which killed him, Jail bowl (Yeravada), dentures and the two historical flags which are displayed in different galleries of the museum. Though all the galleries of the museum are worth watching but Charkha Gallery (Spinning Wheel Gallery) and the photographic gallery is quite an interesting place to spend some quality time as it has the chronological pictorial biography of Mahatma Gandhi. The whole biography is divided into ten phases and over 300 photographs with write-ups are there on display. There are also some good paintings, portraits and writings of Gandhiji which one encounters throughout the museum.

Among the outdoor displays, a full-scale replica of Hriday Kunj, the residence of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba in Satyagraha Ashram at Sabarmati where they lived from 1918 to 1930, the seated sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi, Advaita Gadanayak's black marble stone of Mahatma Gandhi followed by some of the Marchers on the famous Salt March and the replica of famous Bose's woodcut 'Walk Alone' carving in cement are surely a feast for the eyes of visitors.

Special Free film shows can be organized on request in the museum auditorium during the office hours (10 am to 5 pm). The replicas of Gandhiji's relics are also provided at a nominal rate. The museum has a photo section, which maintains a rare collection of photographs of Gandhiji and India's freedom movement.

The museum also has an audio-visual section and Gandhi Literature section from where visitant can purchase CDs, cassettes, tapes, records (speeches of Gandhiji) and books on and by Mahatma Gandhi respectively.

Special Event / Annual Event

Prayer Service is organized on every Friday, the day he was assassinated, at 5.30 pm in the evening. Political leaders and citizens pay homage here every year on his birth (October 2) and death anniversary (January 30)/ film shows are organized in museum auditorium every week on Saturday and Sunday from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm/ special exhibitions on specific subjects are organized in the museum normally from 30th January to 31st March and 2nd October to 30th November each year.

Nearby Tourist Attractions

Rajghat, Vijay Ghat, Vir Bhumi, Shakti Sthal, Shanti Van, Zinat-ul-masjid, Feroz Shah Kotla and Khuni Darwaza

Nearby Places to Eat

Hotel Inter-Continental in Connaught Place, Karim Hotel, Ghantewala sweet shop, food stalls near Jama Masjid, Paranthewali gali, Natraj hotel, Chor Bizarre of Broadway Hotel, Daryaganj's Flora, Peshwari, Moti Mahal Restaurant, Worker's canteen of Inter-State Bus terminal and many roadside food stalls are there for refreshment.

Nearby Shopping Venues :

Daryaganj Market, Chandni Chowk (curios, souvenirs, silver and glass bead jewellery) Nai Sarak (books), Chor bazaar (electronic goods), and Chatta Chowk in Red Fort (traditional and contemporary jewellery and handicrafts)

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01

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