Ambedkar museum: A tribute to the legendLandmarks — By Kadambari on October 3, 2011 at 11:41 AM
Located on Senapati Bapat road, Ambedkar museum was set up in the memory of the legendry freedom fighter and writer of constitution of free India, Babasaheb Ambedkar. The museum showcases the different stages of his life right from his birth to death.
Inaugurated in 1996, the belongings of Babasaheb Ambedkar were donated to the museum by his wife. The wide collection of items used by the legend is well displayed and lets you peep in his life. A philosopher, economist, anthropologist and Buddhist activist, Babasaheb played a key role during the independence struggle.
Ambedkar museum is a popular spot among archaeologist, tourists and researchers. Done in a huge dome style and painted in white and light shade of blue, one can’t miss this historical monument that pops out on the busy street. Surrounded by thick greenery, the dome appears very pleasant to the eye.
The museum is maintained by Symbiosis institute. Enriched with numerous articles the museum narrates the life of the legend. Among the various items displayed at the museum include his walk clock, paper weight carved with his name, violin, night lamp, dining table and chairs, travel accessories, footwear, gardening tools, cap and clothes. Other articles also include utensils, pens, books and his bed. The silver ink bottle presented to him by the then governor general of India Lord Mount Batten is also preserved at the museum. The museum also depicts the way Babasaheb was laid on the bed when he breathed his last. The Bharat Ratna awarded to him by President Venkatraman is also displayed at the museum. It also displays few letters addressed to and written by him. Old photographs of Babasaheb Ambedkar at important events are also exhibited.
The museum is a humble way of paying tribute to the legend. It is open from 8 am to 5:30 pm. There is a nominal entry fee and camera is strictly prohibited. Photographs and booklets are up for sale at the counter.