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National Gandhi Museum

If you happen to visit the Rajghat then don't forget to explore the National Gandhi Museum that is just opposite side of the road. The Ganhi Museum has an extremely impressive collection of books, journals and documents, audio-visual materials, exhibitions, photographs, relics, memorabilia and art pieces that are related to Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Indian Nation.

This museum was the brainchild of Dr. Rajendra Prashad, the very first president of India. He himself laid the foundation stone and inaugurated the museum in the year 1961. The place is an excellent place for the researchers and students belonging to Gandhian thoughts and Indian Freedom struggle. The museum houses a very well maintained library, which has one of the finest collections of books and documents on Mahatma Gandhi and Indian freedom movement. The place is slowly picking up on the radar of international researchers. It has nearly all the books written by and about Gandhi Ji. Besides it also has in its kitty, around 30,000 photocopies of manuscripts like telegrams, letters and notes written to or by Mahatma Gandhi.

The place has no shortage of memorabilia related to Mahatma Gandhi. It store many of the things Gandhi Ji used in his lifetime such as his slippers, books, utensils, spectacles, bedding and Jail bowl (Yeravada). But the most prized possession is the stick he used to undertake the famous Dandi March during Salt Satyagraha. It also has a room especially dedicated to the sad incident of his assassination. It contains the pocket watch, blood stained dhoti and shawl worn by Mahatma Gandhi when he was assassinated and bullets that killed him. One gallery is especially dedicated to the photographs where his biography has been displayed with the help of pictures. This is an interesting way to tell a biography. His life has been divided in to 10 phases and for each phase there is a separate collection of photographs enlarged and displayed in chronological orders. There are also some good paintings, portraits and writings of Gandhi Ji that you will encounter throughout the museum.

The museum also has an audio-visual section, which is accompanied by Gandhian literature section from where you can purchase CDs, cassettes, tapes, records (speeches of Gandhi Ji) as well as books on and by Mahatma Gandhi.

Timing   10A.M. to 6 P.M except Monday