Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya

Founded in 1960, the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya is also known as the Gandhi Memorial Museum and was set up by the Gandhi Memorial Trust of India with a view of preserving the memory of a great man in a unique manner. There are a series of museums all over the country that are committed to this cause of upholding the memory of a man and thus, in a way these are a unique bunch in themselves; no where in the world does exist so many museums dedicated to just one single man. These just want to carry the message to even the remotest parts of the country of love, peace, forgiveness and non-violence given by the Mahatma.

The Man

Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya Delhi

As we know, Mahatma Gandhi was a great man a major force behind getting India its freedom from the iron clutches of the British rulers. His innumerable sacrifices and contributions made for this singular cause earned him an immortal reputation in the hearts of millions of people of not only India, but other countries too. In his lifetime, he had started an ashram-the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat to promote his teachings and also to give shelter to the orphan children. This ashram became his home in the subsequent years where he would teach non-violence and love along with working on his famous charkha, churning out khadi, the khadi that he promoted vigorously and asked the fellow citizens to use as clothes and picket all the western goods. After his death, his close followers came together to open up such museums to commemorate his life and teachings to all.

Inside the museum

Inside the ashram, one can see a huge collection of picture gallery of the man's life and work in different stages of his life. This gallery also include paintings, relics and other artwork made by him and other people (who dedicated these to him). Then there are paintings that depict him in different activities like meditation, working on his charkha, marching, etc. These specific portraits were painted by Chandulal Shah and Hiralal Khatri who were, at that time, accomplished Indian artists and dedicated followers of the Mahatma. They made these paintings as a tribute to the man. Then there is a special library dedicated to all the work on Gandhi done till date. It housed somewhere around 40,000 books, magazines, periodicals and tabloids. It also has books on topics such as world peace and various religions.

Activities

The museum also holds special screenings of movies and documentaries about Gandhi and his contemporaries, special exhibitions, seminars and conferences on related topics.

The museum is also a special one as it has successfully combined all the modern day museological techniques of integrating media with other mediums to give the visitors a holistic experience of the times and lives depicted in its items. Through the use of these techniques, the museum charts out the different stages of India's freedom struggle.

Also, this museum is a heaven for any research/ history students or professionals as it provides highly informative documentation like letters and notes by and to Gandhi. The works stored here depict, in a chronological order, the times and events of his life. It tries to instill an ideology of universal brotherhood, which all around the world is so needed in the times such as today's and which no government throughout the world has been able to implement till date. This it does by organizing various debates and intellectual dialogues all across the country at various venues, which is a unique initiative by a biographical museum.

The aims and objectives

  • To keep them memory alive of the Father of the Nation
  • To collect and display items and artifacts related to the memory of the person who got India its freedom.
  • To spread the teachings of the man among more and more people through various trust-funded activities.

Opening hours: 0930- 1730 hours (except Mondays and other government holidays)
Telephone: + 91-11-3310168
E-mail: gandhimk@bol.net.in
Website: www.gandhimuseum.org

Various other Gandhi museums around the country:

  • Sabarmati Museum and Ashram: The art gallery contains a grand portriat of Mahatma made by Rajkishore Kapoor who used ground nut and peanut shells to compile the image of Gandhi on the canvas. He used these and heated them at different temperatures to create this masterpiece.
  • Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sanghralya, Mumbai
  • Gandhi National Memorial Society, Pune
  • Gandhi Sanghralya, Patna
  • Gandhi Bhavan, Trivendarum
  • Kirti Mandir, Porbandar
  • Gandhi Memorial Museum, West Bengal