Ahmedabad is a land of the museums, as it may be truly called because of the number of museums in the city and that too with a wide variety of subjects that are interesting and unique. Here I have listed the popular ones that are worth a visit.
“This is the right place for our activities to carry on the search for Truth and develop Fearlessness- for on one side, are the iron bolts of the foreigners, and on the other, thunderbolts of Mother Nature”- This is what Gandhiji said when he visited the Ashram for the first to appraise if the place was suitable to carry out his work. The ashram was founded on 25th May 1915 at the Kochrab bungalow of Jivanlal Desai, a barrister and later on shifted to the bank of River Sabarmati. It was earlier known as Satyagraha Ashram. In the “Hriday kunj” (christened by Kakasaheb Kalelkar), you can find numerous things which Gandhiji used- a writing desk, a khadi kurta, a yarn spun by him and some of his letters. There is Vinoba Kutir( named after Acharya VInoba Bhave), Nandini (where guests are put up) and Upasana mandir(where Gandhiji used to hear the questions from people and gave solutions). It has a library, two photo-galleries and an auditorium. The museum houses oil paintings, thousands of letters, manuscripts of his articles, negatives of photographs, 134 reels of microfilm of his writings, films on Gandhiji and the freedom struggle. The library has over 30,000 books, 155 letters of felicitation received by Gandhiji, besides a miscellaneous memorabilia comprising of coins, postal stamps. For anyone having an appetite to know about the freedom struggle can visit the ashram and learn about the life of the Mahatma and the freedom struggle, the place which is situated at the bank of the Sabarmati beckons peace and tranquillity.
Address:- Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380027 – PH:- 079 2755 7277
Cars , cars and more cars, this perfectly goes for the Auto world where you can see the neatly lined trail of beautiful classic cars, utility vehicles, buggies, built by the family of Shri Pranlal Bhogilal over the last century. The majestic limousines, the chic convertibles & the stylish Sports Cars, cars specially coach built like Railway Saloons, Horse drawn carriages, Boat tailed Wooden Speedsters, Shooting Brakes-Cars built for the rich & influential can be seen here. You can also get a ride for some modest amount. And after you are done being amazed at the cars, don’t forget to savour on the traditional food there.
Address: Sardar Patel Ring Rd, Nikol, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 382345
The Calico museum was founded by Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Giraben Sarabhai in 1949 when the textile industry was a boom. The museum was earlier at Calico textile but when the collection started getting huge it was shifted to Sarabhai house in Shahibaug. The wide collection includes the Indian fabrics-spun, painted and woven, artefacts, handicraft textiles, ancient cloth painting to the 17th century mughal tent; a delightful experience to know about the clothes of India. The museum is one of the famous museums in the world and a must visit even if you are not a textile buff. The museum is like a palace with a beautiful garden, statue and fountain and is a surviving reference to our handcraft men and the textile machinery of India.
Address: The Retreat, Opposite Under Bridge, Shahibagh, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380004
I am sure that anyone who is an ardent stamp collector would love to visit this place. The unique and rare stamps exhibited here date as back as 1800. The stamps as old as good are on display here. The museum is located at Bhagtacharya road in Kocharb, Ahmedabad. People who love collecting stamps, children and families should definitely visit the place.
Address: Kocharab, Paldi, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380006
Ahmedabad is popular for the lively and grand celebration of Uttarayan (also celebrated on 15th January–vaasi Uttarayan) and so it’s not a surprise that a Kite museum is located here showcasing variety of kites in all shape and size. Established in 1885, the museum is located at Paldi (15 mins walking from Kochrab Ashram) where you can see the kites from all over the world and also the amount of information provided on the kites is worth appreciating.
Address: Sankar Kender, Bhagtacharya Rd, Kocharab, Paldi, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380007
Open For · 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Shreyas folk art museum:
The museum showcases the colourful and vibrant art creations from women of Gujarat. The mighty spirited women from all communities such as the Kathi, Rabari, Ahir, Mer, Charan, Bharvad, Kanbi, Koli, Bhansali, Rajput, Brahmin, Vania, Meghaval, Khoja Bohra, Meman, Miana and others have painstakingly contributed to the beautiful artworks. The splendid colourful works of embroidery, wood carving, metal work, pearl work, bead work, utensils, leather work, costumes, paintings and animal decorations, objects of household usage are accurately preserved here. Also, Kalpana Mangaldas Children’s Museum within the same premises houses a collection of puppets, dance and drama costumes, coins and a repository of recorded music from traditional shows from all over the world. A complete elephant skeleton (3.19m high) is exhibited here that is surely a mind blogging experience.
Mithila Bhudarpura, 7/B, Shreyash Tekra Rd, Ayojan Nagar Society, Mithila Society, Bhudarpura, Ayojan Nagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380015
Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum:
The museum is a part of L.D Institute of Indology, was founded in 1956. The museum has meticulously preserved Indian sculptures, painting, bronze, manuscripts, drawing, miniature paintings, wood work, bead work and coins. The library has some rare and old books and the building itself is an example of the modern architecture. There are some interesting sculptures like the largest head of Buddha (5th century A.D.), the sandstone carving of Lord Rama (6th century A.D.), bronze image of Adinath, and some fine example of painting in Gujarati Jain styles, and elaborate woodwork and a section displaying the traditional Gujarati woodwork, mostly donated by Leelavati Lalbhai.
Address: Near Gujarat University, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380009
Phone: 079 2630 6883
Gujarat Tribal Museum:
The museum lends a perfect picture on the life of the tribes of Gujarat- their lifestyle, religious symbols, ornaments, musical instruments, household items, clothes, art and culture, and economy in an elaborated style. Also, it is a co-ordinating centre for various anthropological studies that accommodates various training programs for state government and youth leaders. It has significantly contributed to the promotion of tribal art and culture.
TRIBAL RESEARCH AND TRAINING INSTITUTE
Gujarat Vidhyapith, Ahmedabad – 380014, E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Number : 079-27545165 / 079-40016398 / 079-40016393
Hussain Doshi Gufa:
The name itself is very interesting as it combines the last names of the personalities- eminent architecture B.V.Doshi(he designed the building)and the famous painter M.F.Hussain. The art gallery is located underground, displaying the works of the famous Indian painter named M.F.Hussain. The gallery is more popularly known as Amdavad ni Gufa, as its structural design resembles a cave.
Address: Opposite L.D Engineering, Gujarat University, University Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380009
Opening Hours: 4:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sardar Patel National Memorial:
The museum is dedicated to the great freedom fighter of India- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Established in the memory of the ironman of India on his 100th birthday, it fairly presents various portraits of Sardar, his family members and friends. The museum is located in Shahibaugh and also called Moti Shah Mahal. The objects displayed here are hand-spun Khadi shirt, jacket, Dhoti, two aluminium lotas, tin trunk, shoes, tiffin box, spinning wheel, pen, the Bhagwad Geeta etc.
Address: Gandhi-Sardar Smruthi Chowk,Opp. Circuit House, Shahibag, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380004
Phone: 079 2286 7027
Vechaar – Metal Utensils Museum 1980:
The unique museum that displays the various utensils made up of copper, brass and bronze collection is the work of Vishala Environmental Centre of Heritage of Art, Architecture and Research -VECHAAR. The museum is housed in Vishala restaurant and is made up of straws, mud, dung, bamboos and wood. You may find 3500 different kinds of utensils, 610Sudis and 90 Ghartalas. It’s amusing to know that the entire museum was taken to Russia in 1986!
Address: Opposite A P M C Market, Vasna, Vasna, Vishala, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380055
Phone:079 2660 7974
City Museum – Karnavati – Atit-ni-Zankhi 2000:
The museum was started in Sanskar Kendra of AMC in April 2000 under the name of “Karnavati: Atit-ni-Zankhi”. The museum depicts the archaeology and history of the city. It also shows us the customs, traditions, festivals, art and craft, literature and architecture. Thus, the museum proves worthy of its name ‘A glimpse of Karnavati’ and is a combination of the modernistic and ancient values.
Address: Sanskar Kendra Building, Bhagtacharya Rd, Ahmedabad, India
Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Space Museum:
The museum was established under the aegis of Space Application centre and is named after the father of Space programme Dr. Vikram Sarabhai was the father of space programme in India. The space programmes and their uses are shown through active models, like panels, static display and inter-related multi-media presentation. Additionally, the life and works of Dr.Sarabhai (1919-1961) is also displayed here.
Address: Satellite Rd, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380015
Phone:079 2691 3402