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“A shrine to Ghandiji”

Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Mahatma Gandhi once lived in this simple, two-story building, which is now a museum, library and research center depicting Gandhi's life and struggles for Indian freedom through peaceful means.
Reviewed October 21, 2011

A well maintained shrine to Ghandi that compels a person to take more interest in the person as an individual rather than the historical interest of mythology that abounds about the man.

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Reviewed March 24, 2011

This tiny but multi-storied house used to belong to Ghandi's friend. Ghandi stayed here from time to time and now they turned it into a Ghandi museum. It is small, quaint, but interesting. Don't take a guide with you, because there are lots of things to read and see, and you will want to take your time. It's not one of those museums where a guide is helpful.

The place is small and cramped, not for the claustrophobic, and it gets really hot during the day with no A/C. Make sure to visit early in the morning when its cooler. There are several exhibits of letters he wrote or had written to him, his life in miniature, and many historical photos. It won't blow you away, but it is an interesting way to spend a few hours. Best to at least know the story of Gandhi before visiting, so brush up before you come here, you'll get more out of it. The signs are kind of written like "of course you know everything about Gandhi already, but here are some exhibits commemorating his life", so if you don't know you're missing some of the interest.

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Reviewed February 4, 2011

I made it a point to visit Mani bhavan to draw some inspiration from Mahatma. It was worth. The house was kept in order, may be because of recent visit of Obama. A lot of info abt Gandhi and independent struggle. Mahatma's room was the most impressive one.

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Reviewed October 23, 2010

Having stayed in Mumbai for the last 37 years, never once landed up visiting this small, cozy, beautiful and truly informative museum on Gandhiji. Right from the entrance, one is transported into the Gandhian era. Photographs starting from his childhood, upto his last breath, his hand-written letters to various personalities one among many including President Roosevelt, Hitler(!), photographs with various leading personalities and various other documents and objects of personal use are all on display. The highlight is ofcourse the room where he used to sleep and work from - with all objects including his bed, pen, stick, chappals, spinning wheel, hand-fan and the beaded "mala", he may have used for praying.

A visit to this museum truly brings alive in front of your eyes the freedom struggle of India and the life of Gandhiji. A moving experience. Highly recommended for people of all ages!

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Reviewed March 21, 2005

i happened to be in mani bhavan on the 22 of march 2005 with a purpose. several photographs of Mahatma Gandhi greeted me right from the time i entered the gate. it is a perfect documentation of archives. the place itself is very strategic. the place which had been highly volatile during the freedom movement and Quit india movement. the life og gandhiji is presented through his photos. the political india, the angst in people for the British government, the passion to set the nation free, the dedication and love for motherland was actually coming to life through the pictures. one could feel the aura of Mahatman gandhoi immediately. one is taken back to time spontaneously.
the different forms of flag that india had. Gandhi's love for Javaharlal and Abdul gaffar khan and the kids was evident. the photographs with Charlie Chaplin and Rabindranath tagore is proof enough for the man's popularity. all the historical turning points are captured with elan in the dummy replicas of incidents. the highest point is on the second floor where one gets to see the room where Gandhi used to sit and work. his lamp, the hand fan, the paper et al. kudos for the work Smarak Nidhi!

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