Gandhi Memorial Museum, Tamil Nadu, India
Founded in 1959
Authority responsible: All India Gandhi Memorial Fund, New Delhi
Secretary: S Pandian
To preserve and enshrine Gandhi's message in its original form; to promote the studies, diffusion, research, propagation and understanding of Gandhi's life and message and his ideals of truth and non-violence, To display documents and records relating to Gandhi consisting of his photographs, cine-films, voice records, personal effects, relics and replicas, books and correspondence.
Personalia on Mahatma Gandhi: visual biography of Gandhi and relics of Gandhi, Indian Freedom Movement, Khadi and Village Industries Exhibition replica of Gandhi hut, library of 20,000 volumes of books, collections of handicrafts.
Library: The library located in the northern wing of the main building is one of the largest libraries in South India for Gandhian studies / peace studies. It was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The present collection of books is growing steadily and at present 32,000 books are here. These volumes include books on and by Gandhiji, Gandhiji's life and teachings. Important collections includes Young India, Harijan and The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi.
Research and Publications: The Research and Publication Wing is housed in the first floor of the Library building. This wing undertakes translating specific writings of Mahatma Gandhi from English to Tamil since all the 100 volumes of The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi are not available in Tamil. So far books on Swadeshi, Bhagavads Gita, etc., are published. Editing and publication of various titles are also undertaken under the auspices of this section of Gandhi Memorial Museum, Madurai.
Special activities: One day educational programme on Gandhian thought, Indian Freedom Movement: short term course for one week on peace science and Gandhian thought; seminars and special meetings.
Publications: Biography of Gandhi, Anbu Vazhi Nadantha Annal in Tamil; Indian freedom movement; guide book on Gandhi Museums; Color picture postcards.
Gandhi Memorial Museum