The Partition Museum
The Partition Museum
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The world's first Partition Museum is now open at the historic Town Hall building in Amritsar. The Partition of India was one of the most defining events in the nation's history. It was perhaps the largest migration in human history, with some 18 million affected. The Museum is part of the newly inaugurated Heritage Street at Amritsar, which starts at the Golden Temple and ends at the Town Hall.
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  • Explorer677045
    New Delhi, India6 contributions
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    A well stocked museum
    A well stocked museum so prepare yourself for a lot of reading and learning. In the old town hall, the layout is great and you wind your way around. A lot is told of the events leading up to the partition (from about 1930s onwards) and then goes into detail about the aftermath but less so about the partition agreement. I did find it lacked a lot on the partition: why did people have to move, why did neighbours kill one another, why did trains get stopped and people kill the passengers, who did the killing, who orchestrated it? The museum focuses mainly on the Punjab experience of the partition (not Bangladesh/East Pakistan) and not much is mentioned of Sikhs/Jains/Christians. All of this has left me wanting to read more which is a good sign of a museum!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Raena Reddy
    Chennai District, India26 contributions
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    An absolute must see for everyone
    I’m absolute must see. A beautifully curated museum, recounting, history and many unknown facts. The museum takes you on a journey of India prior to independence, the partition and life after. No history book has what this museum holds. This museum had me shocked, heart, sad, tears and at the end of the journey, a lot of hope Do not miss this.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 24, 2023
  • Sarika P
    26 contributions
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    Humbling, heartbreaking lessons about our past
    A very well thought out collection telling the story of India’s struggle for independence and the brutal savagery of partition. Over 2 floors - need longer than the hour suggested on the website as I went about 4:45pm and they were then closing at 6pm around me. Historical artefacts coupled with videos of personal, tragic stories of desperation. The artefacts are well kept - first floor about the struggle for independence and then the 2nd floor about partition itself and it’s human impact is just so emotional- hearing and reading the stories of families, communities ripped apart, the journeys families made to cross new terrains, the terrible atrocities against women of that time. Just really profound. Only improvement I would suggest is to ensure the layout is more logical between rooms to follow the chronological events. Also not all videos were working.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 1, 2023
  • Sumedha D
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India12 contributions
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    Incredible journey into history
    The museum is simply a wonder. It is as well made as many European museums. The displays are very well categorised and documented. India's partition history can be told in no better way. It's commendable that the upkeep of the place is so good. This is a place one must never miss in Amritsar. More museums should become like this. Well done!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 16, 2023
  • Abovetheclouds
    2,075 contributions
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    A must.
    Well laid out, easy to navigate and so much to learn. Very informative. Information boards are in English too. Cheap entrance fee. Clean. You need maybe an hour to an hour and a half at the most.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 9, 2024
  • Nicole S
    Boston, Massachusetts52 contributions
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    Definitely worth a visit
    Fantastic museum. There is a ton to read and many pictures/videos to look at/watch. We got the audio guide, which was very helpful and quite lengthy in its descriptions. We spent between 2-3 hours here and did NOT read everything; if you did, you would be at the museum for much longer. The history is very thorough and goes through the many aspect of Partition
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 23, 2024
  • hiral c
    114 contributions
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    Should visit with young kids
    The details of partition are well laid out in this museum more with respect to how Amritsar endured it as it was so close to the border. If you are going with school going kids who have or will learn indian history , do take them here. They will be able to relate it with what they have learnt. An audio guide is available at rs 100 , I will recommend it. It is a one storey bldg n the steps may be difficult for senior citizens, however there is a lift to go down. Should get one in an hour n fifteen mins . No car access till the gate of this museum and its very close to Jalyanwala baug. Both can be done together. Nice place to sit n have a snack/coffee outside the museum
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 16, 2024
  • Brynos
    112 contributions
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    Excellent museum in Amritsar about the 1947 Partition of India.
    An excellent museum that covers all aspects of the partition of India in 1947. The museum is split into small sections with each section covering a specific topic of the partition. The entrance fee of 500 INR for two non nationals is more than reasonable for the content inside. The museum is very close to the Golden Temple and should take about 1-2 hours to fully appreciate its information.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 11, 2024
  • Sukh Sandhu
    Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
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    Beautiful place to visit!
    The Partition Museum in Amritsar is a poignant reminder of a pivotal moment in history. As soon as you step inside, you are immersed in the stories, struggles, and sacrifices of those who endured the partition of India. The exhibits are thoughtfully curated, offering a comprehensive look at this significant period. The museum not only educates but also pays tribute to the countless individuals affected by the partition. Visiting here is not just a tour through history; it is a profound and moving experience that leaves a lasting impact. A must-visit for anyone interested in understanding the complex tapestry of our shared past.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 21, 2024
  • Geoff H
    Sissinghurst, United Kingdom16,537 contributions
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    This museum should not be missed
    This museum should not be missed. We only had an hour here but could have done with much longer. The displays are well set out and show the events leading up to the partition of India and Pakistan, the partition itself and the heart-rending stories which followed. I learnt so much. Photography is not allowed inside the museum.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 31, 2024
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Kiranjeet S
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia15 contributions
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Feb 2020
It was a sombre feeling when you enter the museum. But knowing first hand what went on during the Partition was truly humbling. The first hand accounts, the media clippings and artifacts all left behind. I was very much interested in the Punjab / Pakistan history.

I didn't really care for the Foreigner fees as the money collected would go into the up keep of the museum. Overall it was a very good experience. Please be mindful that no photo talking is allowed.
Written February 24, 2020
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rahul r
Mumbai, India62 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Family
History of the partition era shown beautifully..the exhibits are insightful and paint a detailed imagery pf the events of an era long forgotten.
Budget at least an hr for the visit..else you will be rushing through
The entry fee is minimal..
Written January 9, 2020
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njoy_travelling
San Diego, CA88 contributions
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Dec 2019
Really worth visiting. They have preserved artifacts painting from the days of India's partition which reminds you of the difficulties faced by people who went through it. Very humbling experience and well worth the time spent. Highly recommended.
Written January 8, 2020
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Upendra Joshi
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Feb 2020 • Couples
The horror and misery of partition is something that we as Hindus and as Human Beings should never forget. Partition Museum in Amritsar brings all this in sharp focus. The museum is well curated and covers numerous facets of one of the biggest tragedies of twentieth century. The history ( right from 1880s onwards ), documents and photographs of the period are augmented by recorded testimonies of those who were directly affected and witnessed the history unfolding before their eyes. Also on display are the household items and artifacts of the era. The heritage building of the Town Hall and the city of Amritsar which was one of the most affected during and after the partition provide the perfect setting for the Museum.
All in all, like Jalianwala Bagh and Golden Temple, a must visit place in Amritsar. Given the opportunity, I will surely visit it again.

Please note : No photography inside. That way, you can spend a whole day here. But at least keep Three Hours. 10 AM to 1 PM would be ideal.
Written February 20, 2020
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hiral c
114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The details of partition are well laid out in this museum more with respect to how Amritsar endured it as it was so close to the border.
If you are going with school going kids who have or will learn indian history , do take them here. They will be able to relate it with what they have learnt.
An audio guide is available at rs 100 , I will recommend it.
It is a one storey bldg n the steps may be difficult for senior citizens, however there is a lift to go down.
Should get one in an hour n fifteen mins .
No car access till the gate of this museum and its very close to Jalyanwala baug. Both can be done together.
Nice place to sit n have a snack/coffee outside the museum
Written March 17, 2024
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Rina J
Pune, India9 contributions
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Mar 2020
It's a must visit place in Amritsar, very close to the Golden Temple. It gives a glimpse of what are ancestors went through during the Partition, the loss of lives, the struggle of innocent people. Got goosebumps seeing the photographs, artifacts, listening to the video recordings of people's struggles.
Written March 12, 2020
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TravellerPetals
New Delhi, India259 contributions
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Nov 2021
It is an amazing concept to showcase the details of the Partition along with the personal journey's of the many families who shared their memories by gifting the articles from that era.
It was one of the best collections that we had seen about the Partition, how life changed for the millions of people, the stories they had told that passed on from generations ago, the video stories were also an added touch.
One of the very good museums that I have seen. One must visit and learn about our past.
Written December 21, 2021
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Discover795714
Bristol, UK19 contributions
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Sep 2019
I was looking forward to visiting this place as I am interested in the history of partition in India, the entry fee was advertised as 10 Rupees, however when I offered this amount to the guy issuing tickets I was informed that that " 10 Rupees is for Indians, 250 Rupees for foreigners " I objected and said that this amounted to racial prejudice. You will find this practice in other locations in India.Not all foriegners are as rich as some Indians!! Rant over.
Written February 16, 2020
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Brynos
Berkshire112 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
An excellent museum that covers all aspects of the partition of India in 1947. The museum is split into small sections with each section covering a specific topic of the partition.
The entrance fee of 500 INR for two non nationals is more than reasonable for the content inside.
The museum is very close to the Golden Temple and should take about 1-2 hours to fully appreciate its information.
Written April 11, 2024
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Savinder G
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Apr 2024 • Solo
I visited the Partition Museum in Amritsar, Punjab on 20 April 2024 and was charged Rs250 admission fee as an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holder, same fee as Foreigners. Fees for Indian citizens are only Rs10.

I refused to pay the foreigner fee and was denied entry into the museum. Why is the Partition Museum go against the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs with regards to benefits accorded to OCIs?

I have written to the Partition Museum of Amritsar twice and they have not replied. The museum must stop the practice of charging OCIs the same fees as other foreigners because the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines (FOREIGNERS DIVISION F. No. - 26011/Misc./47/2019 - OCI) date of publication 22.07.2021 clearly states that all OCI holders have parity with Indian nationals with regards to paying fees at who visit national parks, national monuments, historical sites, museums or wildlife sanctuaries in India. Partition Museum, Amritsar, please explain why your establishment is shortchanging OCI holders. Thank you.
Written May 4, 2024
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