Museums in Delhi are not just all about history, there are also various museums which are dedicated to long-living culture and traditions of various communities! And one such museum is Ghalib Museum and Library. Dedicated to the legendary Urdu and Persian poet, Mirza Ghalib, the museum delineates the rich tradition of poetry that prevails from the ancient eras. Established in the year 1969, this museum is located on the third floor of Ghalib Academy in the fort complex of Hazrat Khwaja Nizamuddin in West Nizamuddin. Just to let you know, the museum is touted as a prominent place to visit in Delhi for all the admirers of late Mirza Ghalib as it takes you back to the time when the art of ‘Sher and Shayaris’ were much in tradition. Amidst the poetic environ at Ghalib Museum and Library, the tourists get to see various exhibits including the photographs of Ghalib’s residences, his attires, and food habits. The museum also houses various coins, seals, and postage stamps that trace their history from the period of Mughal era.
Ghalib Academy proffers an amazing atmosphere for all the budding writer and poets of modern times to get some inspiration from the finest works of late Mirza Ghalib. For that, a number of specimens of handwriting are well-preserved in the museum. In total, the Ghalib Academy comprises four sections; an auditorium, museum, library, an art gallery, and a calligraphy training centre. In these sections, you can expect to see various arts and artefacts related to Ghalib Mirza; photographs, statue, books and significant documents making Ghalib Museum and Library a must-see tourist attraction in Delhi for art lovers. The library includes a rare assortment of poems of various eminent poets including the great Mirza Ghalib that is one of the prime attractions of the place. Whereas, the auditorium is known for hosting regular gatherings of Urdu poets; sometimes in the traditional attires of sherwani, topis, and achkans. On display, the museum also has a darbar (court) of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar which is embellished with canopies, decorations, and fretwork. Another significant attraction of the museum is the paintings of various renowned artists like Satish Gujral, M.F. Hussain, and Anis Farooqi. Apart from this, the calligraphy works of Mirza Ghalib’s poetry are also kept on display in the museum.
Major Highlights of the Museum
- Pictures of personal belongings of Mirza Ghalib
- Statue of Mirza Ghalib
- Poems of various renowned poets
- Darbar Hall of Bahadur Shah Zafar - the last Mughal Emperor
- Ancient coins, seals, and postage stamps
- Calligraphy works of Mirza Ghalib
- Photographs of renowned painters
Monday to Saturday - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
No Entry Fee
Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi - 110013
How to Reach
Hazrat Nizamuddin and Jangpura serve as the nearest metro station from Ghalib Academy that are located at a distance of 2.5 km and 3.4 km, respectively. Moreover, the stations lie on Violet and Pink line metro.