Gandhi Memorial Museum Review, Madurai, India
This post is a Gandhi Memorial Museum review. The Gandhi Memorial Museum is a museum depicting the struggle of India during British rule and the impact that Gandhi had. It is found in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
This Gandhi Memorial Museum review includes personal opinions and useful information including directions, pictures, costs, etc.
Cost(s): Free entry. Camera use is officially 50INR but there is no-one to take your money.
Address: Gandhi Museum Road, Tallakulam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu 625020.
Gandhi Memorial Museum Review, Madurai
I had no idea that the Gandhi Memorial Museum was in Madurai before arriving, but it turned out to be one of my favorite attractions there. I am not usually that big on museums but I like learning about people that have changed the world (for good or bad), and I never really knew Gandhi’s story so it was great to learn. It also taught me about some of the History of India.
I arrived 1400pm which was lucky because the museum is closed between noon and 2pm. To give them a few minutes to
“open shop” I had a look around the grounds.
There are a couple of other buildings and “areas” around the place including a book shop.
There is also another museum which did not look very interesting but they charge 100INR to enter. I did not enter.
Inside the museum is quite well laid out. You are “forced” to go through it in chronological order which always helps for orientation. I like doing these things in order.
First you learn about the British taking India. I think it took 100 years before they finally gained full control, i.e., the Indians put up a lot of resistance.
Then the British basically put India through 100 years of oppression. Gandhi comes along somewhere in there and starts the non-violent non-co-operation protest movements which (eventually) lead to the British giving India back.
After learning all that (it goes into much greater detail) you learn a bit more about Gandhi’s life and see some pretty cool artefact’s like this one of the linen cloth that Gandhi actually died in. It is even blood-stained. I didn’t quite catch how he died.
Gandhi was actually a London educated lawyer. He started wearing nothing but a loin cloth to symbolise the oppresion of India (more or less).
Another favorite of mine was this letter that Gandhi wrote to Hitler, asking him as a friend to cease the war. I wonder if Hitler read it. Also, I wonder if Hitler ever actually met Gandhi (probably not), and if he indeed would not hesitate to kill him since he did not “fit the Nazi bill”.
Getting to the Gandhi Memorial Museum in Madurai
Like an idiot I decided to walk there from the Hotel Boopathi during the hottest part of the day. I grossly under-estimated the distance. It took me just under 90 minutes which actually felt like three hours due to the heat.
Also, I though a lot of it would be a nice stroll along the waterfront, but unfortunately the river is pretty much dry.
In fact, people live in it. I guess it never rains enough for them to get flooded.
Here’s a closer look of what actually seems to be pretty sturdy huts that they have built.
On the way back I inquired about t tuk tuk to go back to the other side of the river (to the Thirumalai Palace). The first guy said 120INR. When I walked away another shouted out 100INR. I’m sure the real price should be no more than 60INR.
I ended up just walking 5 minutes to the bus stop on the main road and jumped on a random bus that I saw heading in the right direction. I got off within 10 minutes walking distance of the Palace. It cost 9INR.
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