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Tagore House museum

Also known as ‘Jorasanko Thakurbari’, the ancestral home of Rabindranath Tagore has now been turned into a museum dedicated to his life and works. Spread over an area of 35000 square m, it was constructed in the year 1785. House turned museum, it was inaugurated on 8th May 1962 (Tagore’s birth centenary) by Jawaharlal Nehru. The museum complex also has Maharishi Bhawan, named after Maharishi Debendranath Tagore, father of this Nobel Laureate. He breathed his last here only on 7th Aug 1941.

Tagore’s House Museum has 3 galleries- dedicated to Tagore, his family members, and the Bengal Renaissance. The visitors can see photographs of Tagore family members, life-size portraits of the poet and his journey as a poet-philosopher.

Visitors can also see the works of other distinguished members of his family, such as Jyotirindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, and Dinendranath Tagore. There also are precious clippings of Tagore, along with a few paintings and pictures of him with this family. Rabindra Bharti Museum also has on display gifts he received at several events.

There is another section with old musical records. Visitors can also find information and possessions of eminent personalities of the 19th century and 20th century in Literature. There is a collection of 53 pieces of furniture, 770 journals, 2071 books, 16 paintings, 27 crafts and sculptures, 53 pieces of furniture, 3297 photographs, 27 crafts and sculptures, and 208 personal belongings.

History of Jorasanko Thakur Bari and Formation of the Museum

The ancestral home of the Tagore family, Jorasanko Thakurbari, was constructed during the 18th century by Prince Dwarkanath Tagore, his grandfather. He was born here only. The house 

got its name after the twin Shiva temple located nearby.

In 1961, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Ray, the then CM of West Bengal, legally acquired the house and tit same under the Government’s care. It was then turned into a museum and opened in May 1961. There are a number of buildings in the museum complex.

This 217-year-old building is part of the Rabindra Bharati University, founded in 1962, for teaching advanced studies in different Humanities and Performing Arts disciplines. Around 40 original paintings of Rabindranath Tagore were attained by the Government of West Bengal from his son Rathindranath Tagore. Some photographs were permanently loaned from the National Library.

Light and Sound Show at Rabindra Bharti Museum

A light and sound show is a significant attraction of the museum. The first half of the show depicts the tale of the coming of the Tagore family to this house, followed by their role in the Bengal renaissance. In the last part, the life of the great poet is showcased.

Celebrations at Rabindra Bharati Museum

Every year, there are grand festivities on Poila Baisakh, 25th Baishakh (Rabindranath Tagore's birthday), 22nd Sravana (his death anniversary), and birth anniversaries of other famous poets.


Near Girish Park on Chittaranjan Avenue

Entry fee-

INR 10 (Indian)

INR 50 (Foreigner)

INR 5/25 (Student)


10.30 AM- 05:00 PM (Tuesday – Sunday: last entry is at 04.30 PM) (Closed on Monday)

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