National War Museum

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Time Required : 1 hour

Entry Fee : Free

Timings : All days of the week: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

National War Museum, Pune Overview

The National War Museum at Pune is an ode to the brave sons of the Motherland who devoted and sacrificed their lives serving her. The memorial at the museum remembers the soldiers and acknowledges them for their invaluable contribution to post-independence wars. A large part of the structure is dedicated to imparting insights on the Kargil War. This museum was built in 1997. It was built by the citizens of Pune who formed a war memorial fund to keep it financially stable. A visit to the museum is surely going to bring your patriotic side to the surface and remind you that freedom should not be taken for granted.

Situated in Pune Cantonment, this is the only war memorial in South Asia that is entirely supported by citizens’ monetary contributions. The museum is a must visit for those who have a keen interest in the subject of defence of the country and want a sneak peek into guns, models, military tanks and rockets that were used back in the day. It highlights the achievements of the Indian army and also gives a glimpse of the reign of the Maratha Kings. This place is a goldmine of information that is imparted by various written and visual accounts, paintings of the bygone days, photographs, artefacts, captured war equipment, murals etc.

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History

The National War Museum, Pune is also regarded as National War Memorial Southern Command. Located in Ghorpadi, it was inaugurated and opened to the public on 15 August 1998. The main idea behind having this setup was to acknowledge the Bravehearts who without any hesitation put their lives in the name of the country. Run entirely on civilian contribution, this war memorial is one of a kind. It highlights the history of the Southern Command right from the beginning, the evolution of Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Southern parts of the country. This museum correlates itself with heroes of the region like Shivaji, Balaji Rao, Tipu Sultan and Jijabai. One can also find their statues along with illustrations of their enriched history of that era.

Architecture

The National War Museum occupies the 25-feet of land and has beautiful pillars everywhere. The museum is impeccably clean and maintained by the soldiers. Also, there is a paintball range where the civilians can try their hand at shooting under the supervision of the officers appointed and that too on a nominal fee of INR 50. A huge amount of INR 32,00,000 was given by Pune Cantonment Board for renovation and upkeep purposes of the National War Museum. The Board also plans to have a new lawn, better landscaping and paving paths for the visitors keeping in mind the increased footfall and convenience factor.

The Exhibit

The star attraction of the National War Museum is the MIG 23 BN jet fighter that is on display for the visitors. This fighter jet was used by the soldiers during the Kargil War to slaughter the enemies. Also, a replica of the decommissioned INS Trishul is on display. It played a huge role in making Goa independent (India-Portuguese war) and during India Pakistan War in the year 1971. Marble plaques are erected all over the space of about eight feet height. Every plaque has names of martyrs on them - 1200 plaques all in all. Tanks such as T-55, Vijayanta, Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), Captured Pakistani Patton Tanks and the like are exhibited here. One can also find a lot of information on Mission Pawan in Sri Lanka against LTTE. Furthermore, there are stone galleries which are a must visit as they provide insights about the various wars that were waged.

Tips

  • You can also watch a short movie dedicated to the Indian Army at the museum.
  • There is a small gift shop from where you can buy souvenirs at affordable rates.
  • Photography is allowed.
  • Free parking available.

How To Reach National War Museum

The National War Museum is located at Ghorpadi in the Pune Cantonment area which is 4 km from Central Pune. This area is well connected by road. Hence, going by road to the Prince of Wales Drive in Ghorpadi is the best option.

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