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The Anand Bhawan was converted into the museum and opened to public on November 14, 1971. It is a memorabilia museum. Some of the rooms in the building which are redolent with history have been either preserved or recreated. Along the east side of the museum is an L shaped old building. This was the kitchen section when Nehru family used to stay in the house. Currently this part of the building houses permanent pictorial biographical exhibition on Jawaharlal Nehru and a book shop from where the literature is disseminated to public. It is related to India’s freedom movement and biographies of eminent personalities such as Nehru, Gandhi among others.
About the collection: Collection of books written by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru as also his personal belongings, his parents and other members of his family form core of the collection of this museum displayed in several categories such as textiles, furniture, leather objects, oil paintings, photographs and crockery. Old library contains more than eight thousand personal books of Nehru family. Books written by Jawaharlal Nehru –Glimpses of World History, Autobiography, Discovery of India letters from father to his daughter form unique strength of this museum in terms of collection. With a permanent pictorial biographical exhibition on Jawaharlal Nehru spread over memorial rooms such as Drawing room, Dining room, Pantry, Motilal’s living room, Swarup Rani Nehru room on the ground floor, the collection is furthermore spread across the first floor with Jawaharlal Nehru study room, Relic room, Indira Priyadarshini’s room, Congress Working Committee room where the course of India’s freedom struggle was determined, and Gandhiji’s room.