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Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi

The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) is located in Teen Murti House Complex, Chanakyapuri in New Delhi, India. The major aim to build this museum was to conserve, recollect and reconstruct the history and movements related with the independence struggle of India. NMML was established in 1964 after the death Jawaharlal Nehru and is an independent organization controlled by the Indian Ministry of Culture. It was foreseen as a world-class organization of advanced study which would carry academic research on contemporary and modern history.

In August 1948, Teen Murti House changed into the officer accommodation and Jawaharlal Nehru lived here for 16 years until he passed away on May 27, 1964. After Nehru’s death, it was sure that Teen Murti Bhavan should be changed into a library and a museum which would endorse innovative research in recent Indian History.

These days, the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library is world’s top resource centre which exhibits the records of Nehru’s and Mahatma Gandhi's writings. NMML introduced a digitization plan of its records in March 2010. By June 2011, 29708 photographs were scanned, 867000 sheets of scripts and 500000 documents were uploaded on the digital library’s website.
Teen Murti offers a huge space for Indian history and develops an intellectual environment. Not only Indian academics, students but from all over the world use the library’s exclusive collections and also take the benefits of attending seminars and lectures, make it a most desired place for visiting scholars.

History of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

On 1st April 1966, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library Society was made. In the beginning, the Library was established in the western wing and museum was in the eastern wing of the extensive building. The library building was officially inaugurated in January 1974 by V. V. Giri, President at that time. In 1990, in this building, the Centre for Contemporary Studies was set up as a new department.

Teen Murti Bhavan was originally designed by Robert Tor Russel. He also planned Connaught Place and some areas of Janpath. Initially, Teen Murti complex was used by British Forces as the home of the Commander-in-Chief and was called as Flagstaff House. After Independence, the building was acquired as the home of Jawaharlal Nehru, but after his death in 1964, it was changed into a museum and library. The building derives its name “Teen Murti” from the three statues which placed on the road junction facing huge grounds.

How to Reach

By Air

Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi offers well connected flights to major cities in India. The distance between Nehru Memorial Museum & Library and IGI Airport is 10 Kms. One can hire cab or taxi to reach NMML.

By Road/Rail

Both railway stations: New Delhi and Nizamuddin are well connected to other cities through rail network. Many luxury and state transport buses are run from ISBT in Kashmiri Gate to other cities at affordable prices. Race course metro station is the nearest to NMML which is on yellow line.


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