Nehru Memorial Museum
The Nehru Memorial Museum lies on Teen Murti Marg (Road) in Teen Murti Bhavan which was earlier the residence of the British Commander-in-Chief during the British Raj designed by a famous architect named Robert Tor Russel who also designed the famous Connaught Place, the Western and Eastern Courts situated in Janpath. This Colonial style building was later converted into the residence of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister who stayed here for 16 years during his time in office. This residential building was then converted into the Museum and Library in memory of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and in order to preserve his memorabilia.
The area where the Nehru Memorial Museum lies is very close to 'Teen Murti' or 'Three Statues' which is a memorial site erected in the memory of Indian Soldiers who were martyred during the First World War. It is centrally located and hence easily accessible by metro rail with Central Secretariat as the nearest metro station to de-board and other local transport like auto rickshaws and taxis can be availed.
The Nehru Memorial Museum was established in 1964 just after Pt. Nehru's demise by the Indian Government under the Ministry of Culture to pay homage and a tribute to this great leader of India. It showcases a wide collection of numerous rare photographs of Jawaharlal Nehru and his Family. It also displays his personal belongings, papers, letters, journals and clippings of newspapers and his private diaries which revealed evidences and detailed information about each progress and events that took place during the struggle for a free India and the National Movement of India. One can view the former Prime Minister's Living Room, Study Room and Bedroom through a glass walled panel. These rooms are exquisitely decorated with beautifully carved teak wood that hold special and personal belongings of Pundit Nehru kept impeccably preserved the way it was during his lifetime and hence forms the main centre of attraction for Tourists from across the globe.
This Museum also displays the clothes worn by Pundit Nehru including both Traditional and Well Designed ones segregated into summer clothing and winter clothing which reflects the Leader's graceful and Stylish taste including other precious items which he received as gifts and awards from different organisations and countries.
The Library within this Museum Complex was established as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture which homes a wide collection of rare printed documents, books and journals on various topics that assist many history enthusiasts on temporary memberships to gain knowledge, study and research about the history of India and its fight and struggle for freedom and Independence. The library is set amidst a picturesque and well trimmed garden and lawn and since Nehru was an avid reader, the library was extensively used by him during his lifetime and hence is also preserved exactly the same way with no alterations except that the reading section was enlarged for visitors who wish to spend reading time within this library for study and reference purposes.
An eternal flame is seen burning at the rear end of the Museum building set amidst a beautiful garden of flowers depicting the values of Pundit Nehru. Close to the eternal flame is a rock seen engraved with words paying gratitude to this great leader. The Museum is opened from Tuesdays to Sundays between 1000 hours and 1700 hours while the library remains opened between 0930 hours and 1700 hours. Both these sections remain closed on Mondays and Gazetted National Holidays and Festivals. Photography and video Filming is prohibited, however, tourist can obtain prior permission from the Museum Authorities.