Nehru Memorial Museum and Planetarium
When Panditji died in 1964, this building was converted into the one housing a museum, a remarkable library and an extraordinary Planetarium.
Since the building is quite old, it brings a faded essence of the structures of colonial era.“Jawahar Jyoti” is an eternal lamp which continues to burn endlessly in the memory of this great leader, philosopher and literature lover. Gardens at the back of the building are still well kept. A granite rock, on the lawns, bears inscription of the famous speech delivered by Panditji, on the night of Independence.
Attractions in Nehru Memorial Museum & Planetarium
- One can feel and relive Nehru’s lifestyle in the rooms, which have been maintained as they were when he lived there.
- Some of the rooms on the ground and first floor have been converted into galleries depicting photographs, newspaper cuttings, photocopies of manuscripts, document materials, dating from the time of India’s freedom struggle.
- In the Gifts gallery, the gifts, momentos received by Panditji during his National and International visits are placed.
- Some selected speeches of the Nehru ji can be accessed in the form of audio cassettes from the Souvenir Shop.
- Guide for the museum are provided for free of cost.
- The Library provides immense scope for research activities on India’s colonial and post colonial period through its rich and extensive range of journals, books and photographs.
- The Microfilm section houses an enormous collection of microfilm rolls and microfiche plates.
- Over 1, 80,000 precious photographs of freedom struggle are present in the Photographs section.
- Scholars can avail the facilities of the library by payment of a nominal fee.
- Highly inspiring lectures, conferences and book discussions take place as a regular activity of the museum.
- Dedicated efforts at decoding the mysteries of astronomy and space are at full display in the Planetarium.
- The iconic capsule- Soyuz T10, which carried Rakesh Sharma, India’s first man to travel in space, is placed with his space suit.
- The Sky Theater is extremely popular with the children, especially for programmes in English and Hindi like our cosmic heritage, the solar system, light pollution, Halley’s Comet, etc.
- People throng this place for sight of major Lunar and Solar Eclipses, as it sets up telescopes, projection boxes at its premises.
- English Shows: 11:30am, 03:30pm
- Hindi Shows: 01:30pm, 04:00pm
Quick Facts/ Guide-
Location: Teen Murti Bhavan, Teen Murti Marg, New Delhi-110011
Timings: 09:00 am to 05:30pm
Entry Fee: Free of cost for the museum, charges vary for shows of Planetarium
How to Reach: The place can be easily reached by local DTC buses and other transit options. Nearest metro station is Udyog Bhawan, from here one can take a local bus like route no. 620, 720, 604,680.
Alternatively, one can take an auto rickshaw to reach the museum in around 15 minutes.
Important Information: Special school programmes are held daily from 09:30am to 10:30pm. Shows in Hindi are also organized from 10am to 5pm.