Inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi in April this year, Delhi’s Teen Murti Murg Museum showcases the lives and contributions of the country’s 14 prime ministers, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Manmohan Singh.
Nripendra Misra, Chairman of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, the museum’s nodal agency, told The Indian Express: “The gallery dedicated to Prime Minister Modi’s tenure will be located on the ground floor of the museum, and the contents will be on the same lines as all the other galleries.
At the time of the museum’s inauguration, Misra told the Indian Express that the museum was a work in progress and that in the coming months glimpses of Prime Minister Modi’s first term would be added.
The ground floor has galleries dedicated to former PMs Gulzarilal Nanda, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, PV Narasimha Rao, HD Deve Gowda, IK Gujral, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh, while the first floor has dedicated galleries to Rajiv Gandhi, VP Singh, Chandra Shekhar, Morarji Desai and Charan Singh.
The idea of a museum dedicated to Indian prime ministers was mooted in 2016. The Rs 270 crore project was approved in 2018 and NMML was appointed as the nodal agency for the project in May 2019.
Exhibits include photographs, speeches, video clips, newspaper interviews and original writings. These were collected from Doordarshan, Film Division, Sansad TV, Ministry of Defence, Indian and Foreign Media and News Agencies, and Ministry of External Affairs toshakhana. The families of the leaders were also asked for valuable information about them.
The ministry said the museum would also launch a quarterly series of lectures by eminent academics and public figures on the lives and achievements of prime ministers. The first lecture in the series, he added, will focus on Atal Bihari Vajpayee and will be delivered by former President Ram Nath Kovind. Some exhibits will be shown on such occasions, the statement added.
A sound and light show is also planned for November 2022 with an opening episode on the space program in India.
According to the ministry statement, as of September 30, the museum had received 1,15,161 visitors.