The wait to get a peep into Sardar Patel’s life is almost over. Prime minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Museum at Shahibaug on Tuesday. The museum will be open for public from Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary on October 31. It has more than 1,000 pictures of Sardar and complete details of his life, work and his ideology.
The Sardar Patel Memorial has been renovated at a cost of Rs28.47 crore and is spread over 36,000 square metres of land. The museum is located in Moti Shahi Mahal, the main building on the campus. The ground floor has pictures and other documents that give the chronology of events in Sardar Patel’s life besides display of his personal belongings. gifts and awards received by him, miniatures of his residences at different cities and towns, his office at Delhi besides Sardar Sarovar dam and Somnath temple.
Information of 562 erstwhile princely states, their flags and coins are on display on the first floor.
One room has been dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore, who spent six months at this place. Along with the museum, the memorial also houses two multimedia halls.