Int'l Museum Day | Explore THESE 5 Ahmedabad museums to delve into the city's legacy & more!

Int'l Museum Day | Explore THESE 5 Ahmedabad museums to delve into the city's legacy & more!

A museum hopping guide.

When was the last time you spent hours getting lost in the art, history, and heritage of our incredible state and culture? Can't recall?! No problem! Today is World Museum Day, there's no better time to dust off your curiosity glasses and explore Ahmedabad's oldest museums!

As American artist Maira Kalman reminds us, "A visit to a museum is a search for beauty, truth, and meaning in our lives. Go to museums as often as you can." So, on this day, let's take a stroll through time and uncover the stories waiting to be unveiled in these cultural gems in Ahmedabad!

Calico Museum of Textiles

Founded in 1949 by industrialist Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira Sarabhai and inaugurated by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, the Calico Museum of Textiles is a wonderland. Witness the historic evolution of Indian handicraft and industrial textiles, from the delicate hand-woven muslins of the Mughal era to the vibrant Bandhani prints of Kutch.

Learn about dyeing techniques, printing processes, and the artistry behind every thread. It houses some of the world's finest collections of antique and modern Indian textiles, all handmade and up to 500 years old.

Location: Jain Colony, Shahibag, Ahmedabad

Timing: 10:30 - 12:30, 15:00 - 17:00 (Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays)

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial

Dedicated to the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial stands as a solemn tribute to one of the nation's foremost leaders. Housed in the majestic Moti Shahi Mahal, this museum offers a glimpse into Patel's leadership and his pivotal role in India's struggle for independence. To celebrate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's 100th birthday in 1975, the Gujarat government designated the palace as a site to honor his memory.

Photographs, documents, and personal belongings on display vividly portray Patel's indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment to national unity.

Location: Opp - Circuit House, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad

Timing: 09:30 - 17:00 (Closed on Mondays)

Gandhi Memorial Museum/ Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya

No exploration of Ahmedabad's cultural heritage is complete without paying homage to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Designed by renowned architect Charles Correa in 1958, the museum houses a treasure trove of Gandhi's legacy, including tens of thousands of letters to and by him, along with photographs and books.

Visitors can retrace the footsteps of Gandhi and gain insights into his principles of truth, nonviolence, and self-reliance. The museum's exhibits offer a poignant reflection on India's struggle for independence and Gandhi's enduring legacy of peace and harmony.

Location: Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Ashram Rd, Ahmedabad

Timing: 10:00 – 18:00

Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum

Founded in 1956, the Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum is a treasure trove of art, archaeology, and anthropology. Its diverse collection includes ancient sculptures, miniature paintings, coins, textiles, and artifacts from across India.

With a focus on Gujarat's cultural heritage, the museum offers insights into the region's rich artistic traditions and historical significance. Temporary exhibitions and educational programs further enrich the visitor experience, making it a hub for cultural exchange and learning.

Location: Gujarat University Clock Tower, L.D. Institute Of Indology Campus, Opp. L.D. Engineering Hostel, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad

Timing: 10:30 to 17:30 (Closed on Mondays)

Shreyas Folk Museum

Step back in time at Shreyas Folk Museum created in 1974! Explore a treasure trove of Gujarati culture, from dazzling embroidery and intricate woodwork to everyday utensils and ceremonial objects.

Peek into recreated rooms to see how these crafts came alive in traditional homes. And if that's not enough, marvel at a giant elephant skeleton - a unique resident of this museum.

Location: Opposite Mithila Society, Bhudarpura, Ahmedabad

Timing: 10:00 to 14:00 (Closed on Mondays)

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