Dive into Kanpur's rich history at the 'City Sangrahalaya'
Famous as the 'Manchester of India', Kanpur embraces the legacy of a vibrant past, and if you want to find out all about it, Kanpur Museum is the place to be at.
Situated on the Phool Bagh grounds, the museum takes you on a journey through Kanpur's history, ranging from the early colonial times to the late 20th century. The museum was initially known as 'King Edward Memorial Hall' and was later renamed to 'Gandhi Bhawan' back in 1999. A walk through the museum brings to display all that this grand building has been witness to.
A treasury of antiquity
The highlight of the Kanpur museum is the archaic preserves of the Indian Freedom Movement. From the revolution of 1857 to the last days of the Indian independence struggle, the museum presents to its viewers, a breathing picture of the entire timeline. Starting from the books and poetry of the freedom fighters, to the apparel they adorned, the museum displays many scintillating artifacts of days gone.
What entices visitors the most are exhibits of the artillery used in the wars, extending from guns and pistols to huge cannons. In addition to this, the museum also expounds information about the flourishing trade and commerce during the colonial times.
An architectural marvel
Constructed initially as a European style ballroom, the building encapsulates huge halls with beautifully ornamented walls and ornate embellished ceilings. Post its transformation into an official museum, it's architecture has undergone significant changes. The attempts at conservation and restoration have further enhanced its exceptional structure.
The museum is easy to reach from both, the Kanpur railway station and the bus stop. Be it an outing with a bunch of curious kids, a family picnic or a trip for the explorer in you, this museum offers a lot to take in. If you are history buff roaming on the streets of Kanpur, this museum definitely deserves your attention.
Timings- 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM,
Note- The museum remains closed on Mondays.