Delhi’s first museum about Partition to come up on August 15!


A new museum is going to come up in Delhi which will be a dedication to the partition of India. If all goes as per planning, the museum will open to visitors on August 15 this year.

So, the museum will be an extension of Amritsar’s Partition Museum, and will be at the Dara Shikoh Library building in Old Delhi’s Mori Gate, as per reports. Built in 1643, it is in the Ambedkar University Delhi campus, and is named after Shah Jahan’s eldest son, Dara Shikoh. The building later served as the residence of Mughal viceroy of Punjab, Ali Mardan Khan. After that, David Ochterlony, a British officer in the Mughal court.

According to reports, it will showcase objects, costumes, and photographs of the partition time. Also, it will feature verbal accounts of Delhi citizens, showing their real-life experiences during the partition time.

Delhi to get its first museum dedicated to India's partition, likely to open on August 15
Photo by:  Photo Division, Government of India, Creative Commons Attribution Licence

Moreover, as per reports, three museums will be coming up at the said building. Apart from the Partition Museum, there will be museum to display antiquities and artefacts in its possession. And a museum dedicated to the life of Dara Shiko

Kishwar Desai, Chair, TAACHT, mentions that the entire project has a tentative name ‘Daastaan-e-Dilli’. It aims at creating a cultural hub at the historic and beautiful Dara Shikoh Library. Also, it will be a unique space where one can witness the impact of divisions (the Partition of India).

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