Another renowned museum in Delhi which is dedicated to the Father of the Nation - Mahatma Gandhi, is Gandhi Smriti Museum. Not just a museum, Gandhi Smriti is also known as the place where Mahatma Gandhi spent his last 144 days before getting assassinated by Nathuram Godse on 30th January 1948. The house was built in 1928 by Ghanshyam Das Birla and was earlier renowned as Birla Bhavan or Birla House. Since Mahatma Gandhi shared a good relationship with Ghanshyam Das Birla, therefore, he was one of the frequent guests of the Birlas. However, after the sudden death of Mahatma Gandhi, it was Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who wrote to Ghanshyam Das Birla asking him to convert the house into Gandhi’s memorial. Later in 1971, the house was sold to the Indian government by the son of Ghanshyam Birla, KK Birla. However, on 15 August 1973, the place opened for general public as a given name of Gandhi Smriti. For decades, Gandhi Smriti, amongst those numerous tourist attractions in Delhi, is one such place of tourist interest which can’t be ignored on a Delhi sightseeing tour. On display, the museum boasts various articles related to Gandhi’s life. Moreover, the museum allows visitors to explore the entire building and the ground including the preserved room where Mahatma Gandhi used to live.
One can also explore the ground where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. Besides, there is also Martyr’s column at the same place that commemorates Mahatma Gandhi. As you will further visit the museum, the relics, photographs, documents, manuscripts, journals, books, and audio-visual artefacts will give you a chance to dive deep down into the life of one of the greatest leaders who lead from the front for India’s freedom, and thus, this place is touted as one of the most popular museums of Delhi. There is also an impressive exhibition of personal belongings and dolls that delineate the significant achievements and landmarks in Gandhi’s life. For tourists, the museum also displays a multi-media show between 1 to 1:30 PM. Since Mahatma Gandhi was a true believer of traditional and handicraft products, especially the Khadi ones, hence, the place also depicts that aspect of Gandhi by housing a khadi and a village industry. Apart from the exhibitions, a large statue of Mahatma Gandhi with a boy and a girl, on either side of him, holding a dove and emerging out of the globe is another prime attraction of the museum. The statue, which is placed at the entrance of the museum, depicts the concern for the underprivileged and poor kids.
Major Highlights of the Museum
- Audio-visual show
- Personal Belongings
- Journals and Books
- Martyr’s Column
- Preserved Room of Gandhiji
- Dollhouses and terracotta dolls, and more.
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
No Entry Fee
5, Tees January Lane, Birla House, New Delhi - 110001
How to Reach
The nearest metro station from Gandhi Smriti Museum is Lok Kalyan Marg (Race Course) which lies on the yellow line. From the station, there is hardly 900 m walking distance to Gandhi Smriti.