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Nehru Centre, Mumbai

Nehru Centre Overview

It opened in 1986 and now houses the Discovery of India exhibition, an art gallery, theatre and restaurant. Inspired by Nehru's book of the same name, it seeks to explore 5000 years of history by investigating the geographical, social, culture and political forces at play in the subcontinent. It's highly informative in a school trip kind of way. But then it's best to concentrate on just a couple of the major themes, such as the detailed exhibits depicting Nehru's life and times. Other interesting topics include the Mauryan Empire, the impact of the west and the struggle for independence. Children below five years of age not allowed into the Sky Theatre. The Nehru Planetarium is closed on Mondays. It was in 1972 that the Nehru Centre was conceived by the late Shri Rajni Patel and others as a living memorial to the maker of modern India, who symbolized the ideals of enlightened curiosity, scientific temper, secular values, a world view and above all, a faith in the people of India. The late Smt. Indira Gandhi laid the foundation stone of this magnificent dream on November 2, 1972 on a six-acre plot leased by the Government of Maharashtra.

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