Heritage & Monuments

Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum

India / Asia

The Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum was the residence of the former Prime Minister, at No.1 Safdarjung Road.  It was subsequently converted into a museum.  Indira Gandhi (1917-84) was the central figure of the Indian National Congress.  She was the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India.  She was assassinated here at the residence on 31 October, as she walked through her garden, on her way to be interviewed by Peter Ustinov (1921-2004).  The saree she wore that day is one of the exhibits.  

Here there is a collection of rare photographs of the Nationalist movement, of the personal moments of the Nehru-Gandhi family, and of her childhood. Indira Gandhi’s book collection and the gifts she received from various people have also been preserved.  Photographs, newspaper articles and clippings related to the assassination of Mrs Gandhi and clippings relating to her son, Rajiv Gandhi (1944-91), who became the 6th Prime Minister after his mother’s death and was also assassinated.  There are awards and personal objects like clothes, pens, and bags of both Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

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