Gandhi Museum

The Gandhi Museum is one of the well known places of interest in Madurai. This museum is of special significance to the tourists who take special interest in everything related to history.

The Gandhi Museum of Madurai was established by the Gandhi Smarak Nidhi. This museum has been set up so that tourists from different parts of the country of India can view a number of articles closely associated with the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi.

The building in which the Gandhi Museum is housed is the Tamukkam Palace belonging to Rani Mangammal. Rani Mangammal belonged to the Naick Dynasty. This palace was built around 1670 A.D.

The Gandhi Museum has been established in Madurai as this place to bear testimony to a number of significant events in the life of Mahatma Gandhi. In 1921, it was here that Gandhiji took up the loin-cloth as his dress for the first time.

Gandhiji came to visit the Meenakshi Temple, which is located in this city, to celebrate the victory of the Harijans against the concept of untouchability.

The museum has a number of different sections. There are 265 illustrations representing India's struggle for freedom. A number of handicrafts that have been donated by the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Mysore are also on display over here. There is a picture gallery, which includes quotations, photographs, paintings and some Photostat copies of Gandhiji's letters. A number of personal possessions of Mahatma Gandhi are preserved at The Hall of Relics.

Last Updated on 9/15/2011