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Government Museum Madurai


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The various sections in the museum deal with archaeology, anthropology, zoology, numismatology, botany and geology. The museum has a fine collection of bronzes which are not allowed to be photographed.

The beautiful building in which the Gandhi Museum is now located has an historical background. The building was known as ' Tamukkam Bungalow ' among the local people. The term ' Tamakkumu' or ' Tamagamu' is a telugu word meaning a 'summer house' or a building having a high roof supported by pillars without walls. The drawing room of the Tamukkam Bungalow which is constructed on the top of a square mound of earth about 5 metres high with a masonry dome of about 7 metres diameter was a great bulding. It is accepted as a building probably constructed by the Nayak Queen Rani Mangammal, as evidenced by a letter written to her in 1700AD.

The Gandhi Memorial Museum at Madurai was the first of its kind to be completed and it was inaugurated by Shri Jawaharlal Nehru on 15th April, 1959. The Museum serves to propagate the ideals of Gandhiji. Exhibitions, Seminors, Study Circle meetings, Group discussions, Summer Camps for students, Fine Arts training courses for children and classes on Yogasana and Naturopathy are organised periodically. A Science Park has been put up for the benefit of school children. Examinations for students on 'Gandhiji's life and Thought' are regularly conducted.

Government Museum
Gandhi Memorial Museum Campus
Madurai 625 020.


Timings: Summer: 9.00 am to 12.30 pm Winter; 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Closed on Fridays second Saturdays and national holidays.





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