Dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi, the National Gandhi Museum in Raj Ghat houses a vast collection of documents, personal objects and other Gandhi materials for the preservation and study of Gandhi and his legacy. The artefacts located in the museum are important parts of Indian culture, reflecting the important role that Gandhi played in the country’s history.
A leader in the Indian Independence movement, Gandhi promoted understanding between peoples and worked to further the independence movement through non-violent, peaceful protest. Assassinated in 1948, the search immediately began for Gandhi’s personal artefacts, writings and other works so that they could be preserved for a future museum and memorial.
The museum houses art work and paintings of Gandhi, a library with over 30,000 books relating to Gandhi and subjects related to his beliefs as well as personal effects which include several items related to his tragic assassination. There are also temporary exhibits displayed at the museum and usually deal with the subjects of Indian history, civil rights, and peace movements around the world. After changing locations several times, the current location opened in 1961.
The National Gandhi Museum is located in the Raj Ghat area of New Delhi and is near the New Delhi metro station. The closest bus terminal is Ambedkar and is just a short walk from here.