Mani Bhavan, Mumbai

19 Reviews

19, Laburnum Road, Gamdevi +91 22 2380 5864

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • Where Gandi Lived & Worked
    Where Gandi Lived & Worked
    by Donna_in_India
  • Mani Bhavan Ghandi residence for 17 years in Mumba
    Mani Bhavan Ghandi residence for 17...
    by ni3sgalave
  • Ghandhiji liabrary
    Ghandhiji liabrary
    by ni3sgalave
  • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo

    Mani Bhavan - Gandhi House

    by Donna_in_India Updated Mar 3, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Mani Bhavan is such an interesting museum. The building itself is a very pretty two-storied building tucked away on a quiet side street. Whenever Gandhi was in Mumbai -between 1917 and 1934 -Mani Bhavan was his headquarters. It was from here that Gandhi initiated several important movements that included Civil Disobedience (that led to the end of the British rule), Satyagraha (nonviolent protest), Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat movements.

    On the second floor you will see the room where Gandi worked. It has been well preserved in its original setting. The terrace where Gandhi slept and held prayers has a bronze plaque that marks the spot where Gandhi was arrested in 1932.

    The amazing library holds 50,000 books, many by or about Gandhi. The picture gallery has various photos of Gandhi and letters written by him.

    My favorite exhibit at the museum were the dioramas that depict various important events in Gandhi's life through mini figures in almost 30 settings. Very well done!

    I am sure that no matter how much you know about Gandhi, you will find something that you did not know when you visit Mani Bhavan.

    The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. No entrance fee but donations are welcome.

    Where Gandi Lived & Worked
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • Skibbe's Profile Photo

    Mani Bhavan

    by Skibbe Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is the home where Gandhi stayed while in this city between 1917 and 1934. It has some interesting displays, especially the mini figures, but a lot of remodeling was going on when I was there and that definitely took away from the experience.

    Front of the building
    Related to:
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • NedHopkins's Profile Photo

    The House in Which Gandhi Lived

    by NedHopkins Updated Nov 6, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Though it was and is one of the nicer houses in Mumbai (Bombay), the room in which Mahatma Gandhi lived was small and spartan.

    The Great Soul's room was on the first floor (second story) at the right in this photograph.

    In November 2010 the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama visited the 'Gandhi House' during their brief, three-day stay in Mumbai.

    Gandhi House
    Related to:
    • Seniors
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • ni3sgalave's Profile Photo

    "Mani Bhavan"

    by ni3sgalave Written Nov 30, 2009

    Located on leafy Laburnum Road, a quiet lane named after its shady trees, Mani Bhavan is the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma's life, and well preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use.
    Today, its only a symbolic exhibit that lies unused, but many old Gandhians still visit the place to pay homage to their hero and demonstrate the noble art of spinning your own yarn !!!!

    Mani Bhavan Ghandi residence for 17 years in Mumba Ghandhiji liabrary
    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • MikeAtSea's Profile Photo

    Mani Bhavan (Ghandi Museum)

    by MikeAtSea Updated Jul 10, 2009

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The home where Gandhi lived from 1917-1934 is one of the most important Gandhi Memorial Museums in the country. It also serves as a research institute for the Mumbai University. The ground floor features an extensive library, while rooms upstairs are dedicated to important events in Gandhi’s life with exhibits ranging from childhood to later years.
    For me this museum offers a great historical input as Ghandi lived for many years in my home province KwaZulu Natal as his struggle to liberate Indians started right at home.

    Ghandi House Ghandi Museum Ghandi Museum Ghandi Museum Ghandi Museum
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • PierreZA's Profile Photo

    Mani Bhavan

    by PierreZA Updated Feb 15, 2008

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The home of Gandhi, when he stayed in Mumbai.
    It is now a museum dedicated to his life.
    Not very spectacular, but worth a visit.
    I did find the pictures of his stay in South Africa very interesting.
    Admission is free
    Times 10h00 - 18h00

    Statue of Gandhi in Mumbai
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Mani Bhavan - models

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 16, 2007

    On the top floor, if memory serves me correctly, are a series of models depecting important events in Ganhdi's life. They include the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919, the Salt Satyagraha in 1930, the Quit India campaign in 1932 and his assassination and cremation in 1948.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Mani Bhavan - Flags

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 16, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I found this quite interesting. I think this poster was on a set of stairs and it outlines the different designs of Indian flag over the years. It starts with the Flag of Calcutta from 1906, then the Flag of the Home Rule Movement from 1917, a design unofficially adopted in 1921, a proposed saffron flag with the brown chakra in 1931 and lastly the flag adopted by the Indian National Congress in 1931.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • Willettsworld's Profile Photo

    Mani Bhavan

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 16, 2007

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Mani Bhavan is the building where Mahatma Ghandi stayed during his visits to Bombay between 1917 and 1934 and is, today, open as a museum. Gandhi took his first lessons in carding from a carder who used to pass by here everyday in 1917. He also learnt spinning here and there are a few spinning wheels in his living room which has been preserved. Gandhi launched the Satyagraha against the Rowlatt Act from here in March 1919 as well as his civil disobedience compaign in 1932. The house features a library with more than 50,000 reference books as well as some written by and on Gandhi. There is also a picture gallery which gives glimpses of Gandhi at Mani Bhavan and the important events in his life. It also displays letters, article and documents written by and about Gandhi.

    Open: 9.30am-6pm everyday. Admission: Free.

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo

    Gandhi Museum

    by uglyscot Updated Dec 8, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This small museum is where Gandhi rented a room at the top of the house for 17 years [1917-1934). Here he took up spinning.
    There are over 50 000 books and correspondence .

    The museum is open from 9.30am- 6.00pm daily

    beside sign Mane Bhavan
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

  • mili_143's Profile Photo

    mani bhavan

    by mili_143 Written Mar 1, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is the place where Great gandhiji stayed and worked.It is a residence of Father of Nation. On ground floor there is a library in which there are more than 20000 books regarding ganhiji's life and thoughs. Adjoining room is the exhibition depiciting the Gandhiji's life through mini figures. There is an auditorium as well as the room of Gandhiji where he stayed and worked which is preserved in its original setting.

    I think this is one of most important thing to do when you are in mumbai to see the great gandhiji's place who gave freedom to India.

    Was this review helpful?

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo

    Father of the Nation

    by keeweechic Updated May 5, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Gandhi also started Civil Disobedience, Satyagrah, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat movements here. He was also arrested in this house in 1932 and removed to prison on one of the many occasions he was incarcerated. On the terrace is where he used to sleep and hold his prayers. Gandhi was considered as the ‘Father of the Nation’.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo

    Miniature Stories

    by keeweechic Written May 5, 2006

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Within the house and next to Gandhi’s room is a gallery with a pictorial gallery long with a film and recording archive and a 20,000 volume research library. There is also a set of miniature replications of Mahatma’s life during the many significant stages. There are also some letters written by Ganhi and a few replicas of Gandhi’s belongings.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo

    Mani Bhavan

    by keeweechic Written May 5, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is a museum in honour of Mahatma Gandhi who visited and stayed in this house between 1917 and 1934. The house itself is a two storied building which belonged to a friend of Gandhi, Shri Revashanka Jhaveri and it was here that important movements of the struggle and freedom of India were witnessed.

    Open daily from 9.30 am to 6 pm

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • pollon's Profile Photo

    Gandhi

    by pollon Written Mar 2, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya is the two floors building of Gandhi’s friend, Shri Revashankar Jhaveri, where Gandhi, between 1917 to 1934, was hosted whenever he was in Mumbai.

    Soon after the entrance a large library containing books on and by the Mahatma.
    On the first floor an exhibition of Gandhi's writings, statements, documents, papers, activities while on the second floor Gandhi's room preserved as the Mahatma set it.

    No entrance fee is compulsory but you are invited to buy something to sustain the Association which runs this house-museum and promotes communal harmony & peace or you can simply leave an offer.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Mumbai

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

24 travelers online now

Comments

View all Mumbai hotels