Gandhi Memorial Museum
Madurai Government Museum
Inside this museum is a neglected collection of archaeological finds, sculpture, bronzes, costumes and paintings. A shady children’s...
Foodies Day Out
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Gandhi Memorial Museum information
Lonely Planet review
Housed in a 17th-century Nayak queen's palace, this excellent museum contains an impressively moving and detailed account of India’s struggle for independence from 1757 to 1947, and the English-language text pulls no punches about British rule. Included in the exhibition is the blood-stained dhoti (long loincloth) that Gandhi was wearing when he was assassinated in Delhi in 1948; it’s here because it was in Madurai, in 1921, that he first took up wearing the dhoti as a sign of native pride. The small Madurai Government Museum is next door, and the Gandhian Literary Society Bookshop behind. Bus 75 from Periyar Bus Stand goes to the Tamukkam bus stop on Alagarkoil Rd, 600m from the museum.