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Janet B
Blackburn, UK58 contributions
Mar 2020
Could have spent all day here. The museum is very informative as is the whole memorial site. When you follow the final footsteps Mahatma Gandhi took hed on his last journey it is very moving. The atmospher is very respectful and really toucned me.
Written May 17, 2020
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Ellemay 🍹🐠🐳
Sydney, Australia47,239 contributions
Dec 2019
The National Gandhi Museum showcases the life of Mahatma Gandhi. It has a large collection of original books, journals, photographs, materials & papers connected to Gandhi. It's a fascinating journey into the life of a very special person before the assassination in January 1948.
Written December 16, 2019
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Tarique S
New Delhi, India535 contributions
Jan 2020
Gandhi, a man who is revered all over the world for his philosophy of 'Ahimsa' or 'Non Violence'. Man, who taught the world that no matter how tough the battle is, it can still be won by love. He took up no arms, still defeated his opponents. Lived simplest life with some of the greatest philosophical thinking. Man, who eradicated untouchability from our society and left an indelible mark in the history of mankind. Such was Mahatma Gandhi and this humble Museum has tried its best to bring forth some of the glimpses of his life.

The Museum is built on two floors, the ground and the first floor. As you enter the main building, you find a larger than life size bust of Mahatma Gandhi to your left and an exhibition hall to your right, where presently the photographs of Gandhi’s Life in South Africa has been put on show.

There is Library on the ground floor which has around 40,000 books in English and other Indian languages, like Urdu, Hindi, Tamil, and Guajarati etc. The collection of this Library have been divided into two sections, viz. ‘Gandhiana (including freedom movement) and ‘General’. The ‘Gandhiana’ section includes books, journals and documents by Gandhiji, on Gandhiji, his philosophy, ideology and those on the history of the Indian Freedom Movement from 1857 to 1947. The ‘General’ section includes books, journals and documents on subjects other than those covered under the ‘Gandhiana’. No membership fee is required for consulting books. The access to library is free for all.

As you climb the stairs to reach the first floor you will come across an abstract by Nobel Laureate, great writer and a poet, Rabindranath Tagore, which he wrote on Gandhiji. On the first floor lies the ‘Charkha Museum’. Charkha or ‘Spinning wheel’, became a symbol of freedom movement and also played a pivotal role in ‘Swaraj’ movement. It represented a desire to achieve self-dependency, self-responsibility, self-respect and self-realisation.

‘Commemorative Gallery’ on the first floor exhibits many of the belongings of Gandhiji and in ‘Martyrdom Museum’, the blood stained cloth of Gandhiji has been displayed. It was the same cloths that Gandhiji was wearing when he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse.

There are few things in the museum which are indeed amazing and adds extra charm to it. Like the recreated heartbeats of Gandhiji which can be seen in the form of ECG and can also be heard on headphone. One can listen to the original voice of Gandhiji on a handset of telephone. The “Walking Stick” of Gandhiji is also on display. It is the same “walking Stick” which Gandhiji used during the great “Dandi March” in 1930. Two teeth of Gandhiji extracted by Dr Barretto at Nagpur has also been kept on display at this museum.

This museum doesn’t just displays objects but also teaches the much needed philosophy for the present time. I would definitely recommend this museum to people of age groups.

Important Infos:
1. Free Parking is available inside the main campus of the Museum.

2. The Museum and the Library are open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10 am to 5:30 pm.

3. There is a small souvenir shop in the main building where you can purchase show pieces and books as well.

4. A Tea/Coffee stall is also available near the Parking bay.

5. Photography is allowed inside the main building.

6. Public Convenience is also available inside the main building.
Written January 13, 2020
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Glasgow, UK156,891 contributions
Dec 2019
The National Gandhi Museum and Library as the name suggests is both a museum and a library, the former dedicated to the great father of the nation of India, the latter mostly a library, but with an emphasis on Gandhi.

The museum chronicles the life and times of Gandhi through exhibits, photographs and paintings. If you want to know about the achievements of the great many, this museum is one of the best places to do that.
Written December 27, 2019
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Amolak Rattan K
New Delhi, India3,027 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
This is a National Museum on Gandhiji. But this is not the best one. I shall rate many other museums definitely better than this one. This is also informative but not very well kept. I hope Authorities improve it by renovation.
Amolak Rattan Kohli
Former Governor of Mizoram
Written March 26, 2019
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USA22 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
It's located in an unassuming little building but
it's got a big message! This museum is a
pleasant walk through the history of a great man
who lived what he preached - nonviolent
protest. There are lots of photos and
explanations about a man who wore many
hats during his lifetime.
Written April 8, 2015
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Ontario417 contributions
Nov 2011 • Couples
The museum is charts on the wall for you to read (do that from the internet or a book). There is a movie room (rent his life story from home). Not worth a visit.
Written November 23, 2011
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Yokohama, Japan42 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
ガンジーの言葉 "I learnt the lesson of nonviolence from my wife, when I tried to bend her to my will. "というのがあり、博物館に入ったところにも書かれていました。言葉の真意とは別に、「そうか、ガンジーほどの人でも奥さんには勝てなかったか」と笑ってしまいました。多くの遺品や資料からガンジーの人となりが伝わってくる博物館です。
Written March 17, 2015
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Akiko N
Tokyo, Japan147 contributions
Jan 2015 • Business
You can find out the very famous " dancing elephant" and interesting works. I recommend you to visit there during your staying in Delhi.
Written February 19, 2015
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Victoria, Canada90 contributions
Apr 2011 • Solo
When I was eight years old my mom took my brother and myself down to the movie theater to see Ben Kingsley in his academy award winning performace in the 1982 film Gandhi. Even at eights years old I was riveted to the screen and had a moment of panic when the screen went black right in the middle of the movie. My mind was quickly put at ease after the "Intermission" sign was projected onto the screen. The movie, the man, and the ideas that put into action had a deep and lasting impact on my life. The maternal side of my family is Mennonite, so the importance of pacifism was something that has been impressed upon ever since I can remember.

My visit to the museum was bittersweet. On the one hand I had an opportunity to spend a couple of hours and re-acquaint myself with the history of his life, but on the other hand I was discouraged to be the only person in the museum, and then to be only the third person to write a review here on trip advisor, and the only other one in english wasn't for the museum but for Raj Ghat, the actual spot where Gandhi was laid to rest.

The museum for me was meaningful, and far those that share a similar interest in Gandhi's life, even if only from a historical perspective, the museum provides a lot of information. While I visited the museum I did just that, took the time to read about his life and by the end of the visit I was drawn back in, just as with the movie I had watched nearly 30 years before.

At the end of my visit I came to the exhibit which detailed his assassination. When I looked down at the glass dislpay case and saw the bullets that they removed from his body after his death I stood by myself, all alone, and starred. It was an unforgettable and powerful moment, and one that sent a surge of emotion through me as all of a sudden the tears began to well up in my eyes.

The museum was an important and personal visit for myself, and I hope others will take an hour or so to visit the museum as regardless of your viewpoint or experience, the man was an important and transformative historical figure
Written July 5, 2011
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