Ahmedabad is not just home to Mahatma Gandhi’s abode – Sabarmati Ashram but various other places that have managed to preserve our history, traditions and culture in the most impressive manner. Be it folk museums or galleries that have famous paintings, museums in Ahmedabad offer great learning about our past.
If you are planning a visit to the city and have no clue where to start, make this your guide to the museums of Ahmedabad.
Museums in Ahmedabad
- Auto World Vintage Car Museum
- Shreyas Folk Museum
- Calico Museum of Textiles
- Tribal Museum
- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Memorial Museum
- Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum
- Vechaar Museum
- Kites Museum
1. Auto World Vintage Car Museum, Ahmedabad
This museum is a paradise for all car enthusiasts. If you love everything about this 4-wheeled-machine, Auto World Vintage Car Museum should definitely be on your list of places to visit in Ahmedabad.
Take a tour of the museum to see rare vintage cars, sports cars and limousines. The museum accommodates over 110 such cars mostly from luxury brands in the industry – Cadillac, Mercedes, Lincoln, Maybach and Lincia.
- Location: Sardar Patel Ring Road, Kathwada, Ahmedabad
- Timings: 8 AM – 9 PM
- Entry Fees: INR 50 per person
2. Shreyas Folk Museum, Ahmedabad
Handicrafts of Gujarat are beautiful, vibrant and very detailed. And Shreyas Folk Museum is one of the places where you can learn more about them. This museum has brought the work of numerous folk women of Gujarat to the forefront by displaying their exquisite pieces of handwork.
The entire museum is divided into three sections. The first section – Lokyatan Folk Section is dedicated to various folk arts of the communities of Gujarat. The second section called the Kalpana Mangaldas Balayatan is for the art and craft of different communities from all over India. Here, you will also find a 3.19 metre long elephant skeleton. The third and the final section is Shreyas Sangeet Vadyakhand. This is where you will find all musical and percussion instruments.
For a day of complete exploration of arts, crafts and handicrafts, you know where to go.
- Location: Shreyash Tekra Rd, Bhudarpura, Ayojan Nagar, Ahmedabad
- Timings: Tuesday to Saturday – 3 PM – 5:30 PM; Sun – 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Monday Closed
- Entry Fees: INR 10 per person
3. Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad
The most noteworthy collection of textiles is well-preserved and displayed at the Calico Museum of Textiles. From embroidery techniques of the 19th century to a unique collection of Jain art, this museum has them all. You can see different textile methods like tie-and-dye, royal garments and tribal costumes either on your own or via a guided tour. Pre-book your slot for the tour as the number of people who can join per day is limited to only 20.
If the tour is not enough to satiate your curiosity, sit in the library at the museum and dive deeper in the forms of textiles.
- Location: Airport Rd, Shahibag, Ahmedabad
- Timings: 10:30 AM – 1 PM; Wednesday Closed
- Entry Fees: Free (prior booking is required)
4. Tribal Museum, Ahmedabad
One of the lesser-known yet important museums of Ahmedabad is the Tribal Museum. Started and maintained by the Tribal Research and Training Institute of the city, this museum houses all the artefacts and costumes of the tribal community of Gujarat.
As you enter the museum, you will find thatched tribal huts which display the lifestyle and other details of the community. You will find various photos, slides and artefacts dedicated to this community. An interesting way to know more about the life of these people, we would say! Plus, if you need more information on their life, there is always the library to retreat to.
- Location: Ashram Road, Sattar Taluka Society, Usmanpura, Ahmedabad
- Timings: 11 AM – 5:30 PM; Closed on Sundays
5. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Memorial Museum, Ahmedabad
A memorial dedicated to the ‘Iron Man of India’ merits a visit simply because of its historical significance. Located inside the beautiful Moti Shahi Mahal Complex, the entire museum stands out because of the Mughal architecture. You will find journals, documents, portraits and a lot of personal belongings of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
The museum also holds 3D light and sound shows in evenings to document the glorious history of our country. Once you are done exploring the museum, do spend some time in the lush green outdoors of the museum.
- Location: Gandhi-Sardar Smruthi Chowk, Shahibag, Ahmedabad
- Timings: 9:30 AM – 5 PM, Closed on Mondays
- Entry Fees: INR 20 per person
- Show Ticket Price: INR 30 per person
6. Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, Ahmedabad
Thousands of ancient artefacts, religious scriptures, miniature paintings and some rare statues of deities are among the things you will be in awe of when you visit Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum. Located inside the LD Institute of Indology, the museum is chock full of medieval artefacts. Look out for Indian drawings that are almost 1000 years old. You will also find miniature paintings depicting our interesting mythological stories.
The highlight of this museum has to be the 5th century Buddha made of stucco. There is also a sandstone carved image of Lord Rama. And to top it all, there is a collection of 76,000 Jain letters. You won’t find such vast storehouse of information anywhere else.
- Location: Gujarat University Area, Ahmedabad
- Timings: Tuesday to Sunday – 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Closed on Mondays
- Entry Fees: Free
7. Vechaar Museum, Ahmedabad
This one-of-a-kind museum is a haven for all the people who are into home decor. While you won’t find inspiration for your next home, you will definitely get ideas for decorating your kitchen. Because, Vechaar museum is a treasure trove of different kind of vessels. Some of the utensils that you will come across here are 1000 years old and made up of bronze, glass, copper and even German silver.
Everything from kettles, knives, forks, nutcrackers to incense burners, lamps and pitchers can be found here. After all, the museum has preserved 3500 different kinds of utensils.
- Location: Vasna, Vishala, Ahmedabad
- Timings: 3 PM – 10:30 PM (all days); Closed on Mondays
- Entry Fees: INR 20 per person
8. Kite Museum, Ahmedabad
Kite-flying is one of the favourite activities of Gujaratis, so it only makes sense to have a Kite museum, right? The museum is part of Ahmedabad’s cultural centre, also known as Sanskar Kendra. Founded by Bhanu Shah, the museum has preserved his collection of kites.
Take a walk around the museum to find kites in all shapes, colours, sizes and paper. You will be in awe of the different types of kites, especially the famous Japanese-style kite called Rokoku. It is 22 by 16 feet long and the traditional Garba dance is crafted on it. Apart from this, there are Radha-Krishna kites and some kites even have heavy stone and mirror work on them. Fascinating, isn’t it?
- Location: Sanskar Kendra, Bhagtacharya Road, Ahmedabad
- Timings: 10 AM – 6 PM (all days); Closed on Mondays
Already intrigued? We definitely are! So, on your next trip to the ‘Manchester of the East’, do visit these museums in Ahmedabad.