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National Gandhi Museum
Located near the memorial where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, the National Gandhi Museum functions as a library, archive and exhibition space.

On the Lokashakti Network since:
Thursday, 29 September 2011

Year founded: 1961

Hours: Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:30pm

Alternately / formerly known as:
Gandhi Memorial Museum (Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya)

Location:
Raj Ghat
New Delhi, Delhi National Capital Territory 110002
India

Contact: Professor Bimal Prasad (Chairman), Ms. Sangita Mallik (Director)

Phone: +91-11-2331-1793, +9

Fax: +91-11-2331-1793

National Gandhi Museum on:

Type of network resource:
  • Gallery / Exhibition
  • Library / Bookstore / Infoshop
  • Museum
  • Historical Marker
  • Internet Resource
  • Media Production

Issues addressed:
  • Peace / Nonviolence

Description

National Gandhi Museum
The Gandhi Museum, located near the memorial where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, functions as a library, archive and exhibition space. Besides public galleries, the Museum has a collection of relics, books, journals and documents, photographs, audio-visual materials, exhibitions, art pieces and other memorabilia closely connected with Mahatma Gandhi. It is also developing into a centre for the availability of Gandhian and allied literature, and for select publications, studies and information on Mahatma Gandhi, his associates and the freedom struggle.

The origin of this Museum goes back to the period soon after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in January, 1948, when the slow process of scouting for, collecting and preserving the personal relics, manuscripts, books, journals and documents, photographic and audio-visual material - all that could go into a Museum on the life, philosophy and work of Gandhiji - began in Mumbai.

Later the work was shifted to Delhi and, in early 1951, the nucleus of a Museum on Gandhiji was set up near Kota House. Later, in mid-1957, it was shifted to the picturesque old mansion at 5, Mansingh Road.

It was finally brought to its present new and permanent home, most appropriately built opposite the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat, New Delhi, in 1959. The two-storey Museum was formally inaugurated by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the President of India, on January 30, 1961.

The Museum was named "Gandhi Memorial Museum" (Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya), now commonly known as "National Gandhi Museum" (Rashtriya Gandhi Sangrahalaya) as there are also a number of regional Gandhi memorial museums in India.

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