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National Gandhi Museum

Whether living in Delhi, or a tourist in India, if you are vouching for intellectual and spiritual experience, National Gandhi Museum (Rashtriya Gandhi Sangrahalaya) is just the right place for you to visit. This won't be just any routine expedition, it will be a live changing experience because our way of thinking will be inspired by Bapu's reflective verses and quotes. True, his life is his message.

Welcome to a virtual tour of National Gandhi Museum, also known as Gandhi Memorial Museum (Gandhi Samarak Sangrahalaya). Gandhi Museum is very near to Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi's Samadhi where he was cremated on 31st January, 1948.

Address of National Gandhi Museum:

Mahatma Gandhi road (MG road)
Opposite Rajghat, New Delhi-2

Phone: (91) (11) 23311793 , 23310168, 23328310
E-mail: /
Timings: 9:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.
Gandhi Literature Centre: (91) (11) 23311793, 23310168, 23328310
Fax: (91) (11) 23311793

Prof. Aparna Basu (Chairman): +91-9811195954
Shri Ram Chandra Rahi (Hon. Officiating Director): +91-9868863735

Photography Charges:
Free for use of a still camera
Rs. 500 minimum for use of a video camera

Entry Fee: Free of cost
Closed on Mondays

How to Reach

The nearest metro station of Gandhi Museum is Udyog Bhawan. You  can take a bus or auto from here and reach the museum which is just a kilometre away.

History of National Gandhi Museum

After the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by Nathuram Godse on 30th January, 1948, all his manuscripts, books, personal items, newspapers, photographs, audio-visual records were gradually collected so that present and future generations could understand his philosophy of non-violence, simplicity, forgiveness, prayer and know about his life and work. The museum opened in Mumbai and was later moved to building near Kota House in New Delhi. In 1957 it moved to a mansion at 5, Mansingh road, Delhi, which functioned as a museum till 1959 when finally the museum was opened near Rajghat in New Delhi. The two-storey museum was inaugurated in 1961 by the then President of India, Shri Rajendra Prasad on 30th January, 1961.

National Gandhi Museum, New Delhi

Earlier, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi (Gandhi Trust, New Delhi) was managing the museum. Till 1965, the museum was located in the campus of this Trust. Later, on 6th November, 1965, Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya Samiti (Gandhi Memorial Museum Society: GSSS) was founded and since then, it is managing the museum. In 1996 and then in 2007, Government of India added a significant amount to the corpus fund for the museum.

Donations and Contributions are accepted which are entitled to tax exemption under Section 80G(5)(VI) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

National Gandhi Museum Official Site: Click Here

Library and Publications Division

Did you know that the museum library houses 35,000 documents and books along with 2,000 periodicals in Hindi and English languages! All of them throw light on the life and ''mantra of peace and non-violence'' of this eminent personality. Cards, CD's and posters can be bought from here. Also, you can listen to recorded speeches of Gandhi on audio and video tapes.

Telephone: + 91-11-3310168
Time: 9.30 5.30 P.M.
Closed: Monday and Gazetted Holidays and 2nd Sunday of the month.

Special activities include film shows on Mahatma Gandhi and his contemporaries, exhibitions, seminars and conferences on myriad  topics. There is a huge collection of books and documents on ''Freedom Movement in India (1757 to 1947)'' and Mahatma Gandhi, along with plethora of books in the ''General Section'' as well. Here you can find books on Humanities, Nature cure, Social Sciences and Literature. What's more, you will witness letters, notes and telegrams written by Mahatma Gandhi himself! There are separate sections for Urdu, Hindi, English, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali books and many other books in Indian and foreign languages. There are 2,000 bound volumes of periodicals which incorporate those which have been written or edited by Mahatma Gandhi. To mention a few of them: 'Harijan', 'Harijan Bandhu' (in Gujarati), 'Navjivan', 'Gandhi Marg', 'Khadi Gramudyog', 'Young India', 'Visva-Bharti Quaterly', 'Aryan Path' etc. are available in this library.

For students, this is a repository of knowledge in the sense that all your queries on reference material or information on the philosophy, life and contribution of Gandhi to the country and to the world are answered here. Library members can borrow two books at a time. Permission of the Director is required to delve deep into books kept in the Reference Section. Internet facility is available and copies of extracts from books can be requested. The four cubicles provided for reading provide a peaceful environment for reading your favourite book.

Photo Section
                               Gandhi Museum Photo Gallery

This section in Gandhi Museum comprises of rare photographs of Gandhi, his wife Kasturba and Freedom Movement of India. Not only this, lamination, mounting, photo developing/enlarging services are also provided. You can order photographs of any size for personal collection---from cabinet to wall size! And many years after, you will be reminded about your trip with these gems you take along!

Audio Visual Section

Here you can lay hands on a wonderful collection of CDs, DVDs, audio-visual tapes and films on Freedom Movement and Mahatma Gandhi. From speeches of Mahatma Gandhi to words spoken as tribute to this great leader; From patriotic songs in many different Indian languages to bhajans most liked by Gandhiji; From speeches of Nehru and Subhash Chandra Bose to around 140 video films on Gandhi, your enigma and curiosity are fuelled to the hilt!

This museum boasts of a 75-seat auditorium. Saturdays and Sundays (4.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M.) are reserved for free film shows for one and all. You can avail of such shows on request too---in Delhi or even outside Delhi. How about taking a copy of one of your favourite films home! Yes, it is possible at nominal charges and on request.

If you haven't watched films such as ''Mahatma'', ''Bharat Ki Vani'', ''Gandhiji Ke Path'', ''Gandhi's India'', ''Mahatma Gandhi'' (a Biography), ''His memory we cherish'', ''My life is my message'', ''Martydom of Mahatma'', ''Gandhi: Early Days'', ''Gandhi: In South Africa'','' Jeevan Sandesh'', Gandhiji in London'', ''Bapu Tum Hum'' and ''The Making of Mahatma'', you are lucky to get this opportunity. So, take out some time for yourself and watch them all!

Gandhi Literature Centre (Sales Service)

Gandhi Literature centre is the sales section of the museum. For those who love to buy and take home something as a remembrance of their visit, this is the ideal place! There are framed photos, pens, key rings, audio and video CDs, related to Mahatma Gandhi, India's Freedom Movement and other topics like environment, peace, non-violence and nature cure. You can directly buy the items across the counter or even give bulk orders to be dispatched in India or abroad.

Also, books published by Gandhi Peace Foundation, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Ramakrishna Mission, Children's Book Trust and many other India as well as foreign publications find mention in the catalogue here. There are special exhibitions in the months of February-March and October-November every year.          

Entering the corridors of National Gandhi Museum will open many facets of knowledge and learning in your life. It will bring you closer to the Gandhian way of life and belief. Your visit will change the way you work, think, perceive life or people.

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