About National Gandhi Museum
The National Gandhi Museum in New Delhi is a museum dedicated to the life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.
History of the National Gandhi Museum
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948) was a barrister who dedicated much of his life to campaigning for human rights, first in South Africa, then in his native India. Gandhi is famous for his belief in the principles of using non-violent engagement, such as protesting and non-cooperation, in order to achieve political and social change.
After working in South Africa, Gandhi returned to India, where he led the nationalist movement which eventually led to India’s independence from British rule.
The National Gandhi Museum was established not long after Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu extremist in 1948.
The National Gandhi Museum today
The National Gandhi Museum is a good introduction to the man considered by many to be the “father of the nation”, displaying photographs, items belonging to Gandhi and documents and explanations relating to his beliefs.
In a slightly macabre turn, the museum also houses the clothes he was wearing when he was assassinated, along with one of the bullets that killed him. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Getting to the National Gandhi Museum
The nearest metro station is Delhi Gate (Violet Lane), otherwise it’s a 2km walk from Chandni Chowk / the Red Fort. There will be plenty of tuktuk drivers around to give you a lift should you want one.