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Museum

Museum

The Museum at Teen Murti House has been primarily developed as a personalia museum. Some of the rooms, such as the bedroom, the drawing room and the study have been preserved as they were at the time of Jawaharlal Nehru’s death.

The Museum portrays through visual media the life and work of a heroic individual, who was the leader of India’s struggle for freedom, the architect of modern India, and a passionate champion of world peace. It gives an intimate glimpse of Nehru’s rich and complex personality; the radical nationalist and world statesman; the scholar, idealist and historian; the man of strong family affections, who also bestowed his love on the common people of India. The Museum is not only a place where people come to pay homage to the departed leader; it also tells them of his achievements and highlights the ideals cherished by him.

A massive granite rock put up in the front lawn is inscribed with excerpts from the historic "Tryst with Destiny" speech delivered by Jawaharlal Nehru in the midnight session of the Indian Constituent Assembly on August 14-15, 1947. Excerpts from the "Will and Testament" have also been inscribed in Hindi and English on two marble tablets which visitors see as they walk up to the main building. The "Will and Testament" is more than a will; it is a moving testimony to his deep love for India and her people.

A series of interlinked exhibitions have been mounted in the Museum which provide a vivid account of the life and work of Jawaharlal Nehru, against the background of the struggle for political freedom in India through contemporary photographs, photocopies of manuscripts, letters, newspapers, periodicals and other documentary materials. Significant events portrayed in the exhibitions are India's response to the West; Revolt of 1857; genesis of the Indian National Congress; Home Rule Movement, emergence of Gandhi; Non-cooperation Movement; Civil Disobedience Movement; demand for Pakistan; Cripps Mission; 'Quit India' Movement; formation of the Indian National Army; Cabinet Mission; events leading to the independence and partition of India in 1947 and the process of framing of the Constitution of India.

Another attraction is the gifts gallery which displays some of the most beautiful gifts received by Nehru during his travels in India and abroad. In addition to the permanent display in the Museum, special exhibitions are arranged periodically to depict different facets of Nehru's life and phases of the Indian national movement.

The old Museum Sales Counter which has been converted into a new Souvenir Shop in the ground floor of Teen Murti House has souvenirs, books, photographs and audio cassettes of the selected speeches of Nehru.

The campus has a protected monument called ‘Kushak Mahal’ which was probably used as a hunting lodge (shikargah) and was built during the reign of Firuz Shah Tughluk (A.D. 1351-88)

The Nehru Museum remains open from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm on all days, except Mondays. Guides are provided free of cost to conduct visitors in groups around the Museum. On an average, more than 10,000 visitors throng these galleries daily to know and experience our struggle for freedom and the making of a resurgent India.

Millions of admiring and grateful countrymen, from all walks of life and different parts of India, international dignitaries and tourists have passed through the legend-filled rooms and corridors of the Nehru Museum at Teen Murti House and its lawns.

It is a matter of pride that the Museum continues to maintain its popularity even after four decades of the passing away of Jawaharlal Nehru.

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