Feel the peace and delight with the soulful and fine words of the legendary poet Mirza Ghalib in the Ghalib Museum Library or Mirza Ghalib Academy and get an insight into the master of words. Located in New Delhi, Ghalib Museum and Library is a unique museum and takes you back to the olden days of Mughal rule.
Timing: 10 am to 6 pm (Sunday closed)
Location: Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi
Entry Fees: Free
Delhi is known for a variety of tourist attractions such as historical monuments, religious places, huge malls, gardens, and museums along with vibrant pubs. When we talk about museums in Delhi, they are not just about our rich history and traditions, but some of them are also dedicated to long-living legends of different communities as well. One such museum pays tribute to the renowned Urdu and Persian poet idol, the legendary Mirza Ghalib, and delineates the rich tradition of poetry that succeeds from the ancient era.
Founded in the year 1969 as a ‘Literary and Cultural Centre’ and was inaugurated by the then President DR. Zakir Hussain, Ghalib Museum in the Mirza Ghalib Academy takes you to the journey of ‘’Sher and Shayari’’ and commemorates the work of Mirza Ghalib, the legendary composer at the court of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. The museum offers a tranquil and rhythmical atmosphere and is an ideal place for visitors with a poetic soul and those who admire Mirza Ghalib’s work. The academy consists of an auditorium, museum, art gallery, and a library where the museum showcase exhibits such as photographs of Ghalib’s residences, his outfits, his food habits, statues, books, etc. The museum also houses several coins, seals, and postage stamps that offer a glimpse into the Mughal era. The library of the academy comprises a rich collection of poems of various eminent poets, the highlight being the poems written by Mirza Ghalib himself that draws the attention of many visitors with an interest in music. Whereas, the auditorium hosts frequent gatherings of Urdu poets, sometimes in the traditional costume comprising sherwani, topis, and achkans. Apart from these attractions, the other highlights of the museum that impresses visitors are paintings of several well-known artists such as Satish Gujral, M.F. Hussain, and Anis Farooqi on display along with the Urdu calligraphy of Mirza Sahib. For someone with a keen interest in traditional music or poem, Mirza Ghalib Academy offers an impressive and poetic atmosphere for all the promising writers and poets of the contemporary world who want to get some encouragement from one of the finest works of late Mirza Ghalib.