Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

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Timings : 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Closed on Mondays

Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs

Entry Fee : No Entry Fee

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Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi Overview

Housed within the premises of the grand Teen Murti Bhavan in Delhi, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library is an autonomous institution established in the memory of the first Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Founded in 1964, after the death of Pandit Nehru, with an aim to foster research and preserve the modern and contemporary history and the Indian Independence Movement, the museum is currently managed and maintained by Department of Culture, Government of India. Besides being the prime source of detailed information on Nehru, the repository also has archives of Mahatma Gandhi’s writings, in addition to private documents of C. Rajagopalachari, B. C. Roy, Jayaprakash Narayan, Charan Singh, Sarojini Naidu and Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. Other than the umpteen talks, workshops, special shows and live interaction programmes, the museum also conducts quizzes and activities both for kids and for adults.

Sprawling over a vast area of 30 acres of land, the complex comprises of an elaborate museum in the eastern wing and a library in the western wing. Originally set up by Bal Ram Nanda and also managed by him for the next 17 years, the depository is a treasure trove of facts and data about the freedom struggle of India. The curated information along with the rapid growth in the research data required more space; hence an exclusive library building was added in 1974. Further, a centre for contemporary studies was also added in 1990. Every year, the museum celebrates its Foundation Day on April 1st. In addition to being a centre of research, the complex also houses a planetarium and is thronged by thousands of tourists.

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Museum at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

Teen Murti Bhavan was the original residence of the former Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. After his death in 1964, the then Vice President decided to convert his residence into his memorial and museum. Following the same, a museum was established in the eastern wing of the complex. Some of the rooms have been preserved in their original state like the drawing room, study and the bedroom; and are a delight to look at. The repository offers a glimpse into the private life and times of Pandit Nehru through pictures, photographs and audio tapes. Carved with inscriptions from his very famous ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech and other excerpts, the museum highlights the achievements and victories of the heroic man. The galleries are an insight into the Indian Independence Movement and Nehru’s contributions and sacrifices for the same. Besides being a storehouse of knowledge and facts, the museum also serves as one of the top tourist spots in the city.

Library at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

The Teen Murti Bhavan complex also houses a specialized library which can be made use of at a cost of a nominal fee charge. The library is a treasure trove of valuable newspapers and journals and research materials. The diverse collection includes 267 thousand printed books and over 200 thousand photographs from the freedom struggle movement. There is a special collection of books by Nehru called ‘Nehruana’ concerning his writings, thoughts and political beliefs. The gallery also boasts of 2,02,415 photographs from the Indian history which is largely used by newspapers, magazines and journals to feature in their works.

Planetarium Charges and Show Timings at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

The planetarium hosts enchanting shows on celestial bodies and solar system. The show timings are-
English Shows - 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM
Hindi Shows - 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM

Entry Fees-
Adults - INR 50
Kids (4 - 12 yrs of age) - INR 30
School Kids (in groups) - INR 20

Tips For Visiting Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

1. It is advisable to carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated as there are no shops or general stores in the vicinity.

How To Reach Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

The nearest metro station to Nehru Memorial Museum and Library is Race Course Metro, situated on the yellow line. The museum is 2 kms from the metro; you can hire a local or a battery run rickshaw to reach the museum.

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