Visit the National Gandhi Museum and Library to witness a vibrant collection of photographs, paintings, artifacts, relics, and other significant documents exhibited in the museum about the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, along with a plethora of books and learn about his beliefs, values, and principles that can be followed even today.
Timing: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (Monday closed)
Location: Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, opp. Raj Ghat, Vikram Nagar, New Delhi
Entry Fees: No Fees
Established in 1960, National Gandhi Museum and Library is a place administered by Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya Samiti and aims to promote and spread the philosophy and the life’s work of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Housing a varied collection of visual arts, photographs, paintings, manuscripts, exhibitions, and several relics, the museum offers its visitors a deep insight into the life of Mahatma Gandhi and his contribution to the independence of India. The museum also contains several memorabilia connected with Mahatma Gandhi, Kasturba Bai, and other freedom fighters.
Upon entering the Gandhi Museum, you will first be a witness to a huge statue of Mahatma Gandhi sitting under a tree which is surrounded by a well-manicured garden that adds serenity to the environment. Inside the museum, visitors are greeted with rare and beautiful pictures of Gandhi taken during distinct phases of his life that grace the walls. The museum is divided into five sections that consist of sculptures, photographs, paintings of Gandhi, relics, and artifacts related to the Satyagraha Movement, and the philosophy of Ahimsa. While the visitors explore the museum, the song ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ and among other devotional songs are played throughout, giving the place a heavenly aura. .
Among the rich assortment of his memorabilia, the ones that catch the attention of most of the visitors are his glasses, his charkhas, pocket watch, his bloodstained dhoti, and shawl he wore when he was assassinated along with the bullet that killed him. The reading room houses over 26,000 books either written by Gandhi or dedicated to him by writers from India and foreign writers as well. The literature room is also gifted with thousands of letters and other significant documents that impart a great source of knowledge about the life of the man who insisted on spreading non-violence and the message of Satyagraha to the whole world. The museum is visited by foreigners more than the local residents who want to gain an insight on the globally recognized freedom fighter and learn his valuable principles.