Address: National Gandhi Museum, Rajghat,
Phone: 00(91) (11) 23311793 / 23
Fax: 00 (91) (11) 23311793
National Gandhi Museum
The origin of this Museum goes back to the period soon after the assassination of
Mahatma Gandhi on the fateful evening of January 30, 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 an unostentatious way in Mumbai.
Later the work was shifted to Delhi and in early 1951 thenucleus of a Museum on Gandhiji was set up in the
Government hutments adjoining Kota House. Later still,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 - free India's most revered place of pilgrimage-at Rajghat, New Delhi, in 1959. The imposing 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.
Permanent Collection Highlights (3)
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The Museum has a very rich 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, and studies and information on the Collected Works of 'Mahatma Gandhi'. The Museum has
following main sections:
2.Libraries and Publication Section
3.Audio Visual Section
4.Gandhi Literature Centre
Models of Gandhiji's home in Porbandar where he was born, and of his cottages in Phoenix Settlement (South Africa), Satyagraha Ashram (Sabarmati) and Sevagram Ashram (near Wardha).
A large-scale 'Satyagraha' motif--an enlargement of the 'woodcut' by Willemia Muller
Gandhiji's recorded speeches
in Hindi and English.
Photographic Gallery -
Photographs,items of personal use of Mahatma Gandhi.
Commemorative Gallery -
Photographs of Gandhiji's last days in Birla House, New Delhi, his assassination
Write ups, public addresses and letters written to Gandhiji.
Memorabilia related to the Gandhiji's assassination and cremation.
Art Gallery -
Paintings, drawings, sculpture ,special pieces of art in wood, embroidery, metal wire, shells, etc on Mahatma Gandhi.
Spinning Wheel Gallery -
Models of spinning wheels, samples of yarn hand spun by Gandhiji and other leaders;
write-ups by Gandhiji, and photographs of Gandhiji and other leaders of Freedom Movement working on the spinning wheel.
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Entrance to the Museum (all sections) Free
Galleries and Displays,
(when put up) - 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM Monday Closed
Library, Photo Section,Audio Visual Section,Administration
- 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM, Mondays, 2nd Sunday of the
month,and gazetted holidays.
GANDHI LITERATURE CENTRE -
Supply of books, photographs, posters, CDs, audio& video cassettes and gift tokens on
Museum internal and external photos (1)
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News and events
National Gandhi Museum organized a photo exhibition along with the relevant text on Satyagraha on 11 September 2006. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Honâ€™ble Minister of Tourism and Culture, Mrs. Ambika Soni. Thousands of visitors viewed this exhibition. The Students of schools and colleges from Delhi and surrounding areas thronged the Museum, heard Gandhijiâ€™s voice on telephone receivers, saw the films on Gandhiji and had lively interactions with the Museum Director.
A 62 minute film on â€˜Mahatma Gandhi and Gurudev Rabindranath Tagoreâ€™ has been made by a Kolkata based film maker Debabrata Roy. It was shown in the auditorium of the Museum on 8th October 2006 and was seen by nearly 100 viewers, that being the maximum capacity of the auditorium.
Seminar on The Editor Gandhi and Indian Opinion
Film shows in Museum auditorium : 4 to 5 P.M.
every Saturday and Sunday.
LIBRARY (Refer Library Section)-
Library Membership Free, except for Rs. 500 security
(with two library cards for borrowing books) fee (refundable)
Consultation inside the Library Free
Photography in the Museum (still) Free
Audio -Visual Section - free
Special film shows on request :outside Museum in Delhi
Free except for transport costs from Tuesday to Friday.
Audio-Visual recordings are to be used for non-commerical purposes. Due credit should be given to National Gandhi Museum. One copy of the programme on Cd / DVD / VHS / Audio Cassette should be sent to National Gandhi Museum for the Library.
Cost of an audio cassette .
60 min. or less cassette/CD -
90 min. or less cassette/CD -
A set of 47 CDs containing 29 hours and 18 min. of recorded post prayer speeches of Mahatma Gandhi. - Rs. 6000
Dubbing charges VHS to CD-
Dubbing charges VHS to DVD -
Dubbing charges from VHS to VHS
60 min. or less cassette-Rs 500
120 min. or less cassette- Rs. 550
180 min. or less cassette- Rs.600
Being managed by a Registered Society (an NGO), the Museum is run on the
ncome from financial contributions/donations.
Contributions /donations to the Museum, project based or otherwise, are welcome. These are entitled to tax exemption under I. Tax Act Section
80 (G) 5 (iv), sanction reference DIT (E)/2001-2002/
G-71/70/695 valid upto March 31, 2004.
Photography in the Museum (video) Minimum Rs. 500 per day for electricity charges.
Use of Auditorium or Conference Hall
i) Half-day: 10.00 to 13.00 hrs or 13.00 to 17.00 hrs: Rs. 600.
ii) Full-day: 10.00 to 17.00 hrs: Rs. 1200
iii) Mike arrangements: Rs. 300
Photocopying - Re. 1 Per Page
General information regarding Mahatma Free
Gandhi's life and works and other allied information from library.
Transfer, by post or by Internet, of extracts or whole books / journals.
Service charges according to the job.
Documentation work, particularly with reference to the 'Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi' (printed or on CD) Free or Service charges according to the
# Mounting, Colouring and Lamination charges will be extra. Charges for providing paper backing, lamination and 'eyes' for the use of pins for fixing photo prints on display boards, will be 80% of the charges for the respective prints.
# Actual packing and postage cost will be charged for the photo prints to be sent by post.