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Tells Interesting Stories About Indian Democracy

The Parliament Museum is the perfect place to gain knowledge about the democratic heritage of our country. India is the world’s largest democracy and is known for its vibrant democratic structure. The museum is an institution where the youth of today can learn more about the country’s democratic and political structure.

Location and History

The Parliament Museum is established in the Parliament Library Building. It was an idea mooed by Somnath Chatterjee, then Speaker of the Lok Sabha which was unanimously supported and approved by leaders and representatives of all political parties.  The museum has been conceived and designed by Saroj Ghose, the internationally acclaimed museologist. The Parliament Museum was inaugurated on 14h August, 2006 by the then President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Makes Use of Sound and Light Innovatively

The Parliament Museum is hi-tech in every aspect and incorporates advanced technologies and modern concepts to depict the strong democratic heritage of India. Sound-light-video synchronization is used with telling effect to drive home the message. The museum has large screen interactive computer multi-media, multi-screen projections and also makes use of technologies such as virtual reality and animatronics. The Resource Center offers a visual and textual information bank which is fully computerized. The speaker launched an interactive website for the museum in December 2007 to spread the message of democracy even further.

The Ground Floor Displays

The ground floor of the museum displays a recreated archeological site which shows the evolution of self-governing democratic societies from the past. There is also depiction of Ashoka Age and various other societies in free India. The theme draws its ideas from India’s pluralist, multi-religious society. The twentieth century dawned with a demand for self-governance, ultimately crystallizing into our Freedom Movement. Visitors can walk through the various galleries of the museum, imbibing the period setting that vividly depicts the story of our freedom struggle.

Transfer of Power

Don’t miss the multimedia projection on Transfer of Power which is depicted on a gigantic screen with artifacts of that period. The story of legislative reforms that covers the Charter Act of 1833 and ends with Indian Independence Act of 1947 is also on display here. The mezzanine floor of the museum recreates the various chambers of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. There is an interactive system which provides a feel of the two houses.

The Parliament Museum has photographs of various national leaders that are unveiled at regular intervals in the Central Hall of Parliament. There are also souvenirs and artifacts and souvenirs received from different countries on display here.

Information for Visitors

The Parliament House is open to public from 1100 Hrs to 1700 Hrs on all days except Sundays and Mondays. There is an entry fee of INR 10 for adults but students can have a free entry.

How to Reach

The Parliament Museum can be reached from anywhere in New Delhi using the state transport bus service. Taxis are also available. The nearest Metro station is Central Secretariat. The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport.

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