The Liberation War Museum, commonly known as Muktijuddho Jadughor, started as a private initiative in 1996. Eight trustees established the museumwith the aim of preserving the magnificent and glorious history of our Liberation War for future generations of this country.
It is located in Agargaon.
When the Liberation War Museum started its journey at a rented house at Segun Bagicha in the heart of the city, its trustee members envisioned an institution that would mostly cater to the youths and inform them about the great sacrifices made for our independence. Till date, it is considered as one of the best places to get information on our Liberation War. At present, it has about 1,400 objects _ out of its collection of 1,500 items _ on display for visitors.
The museum has an impressive collection of original documents, rare photographs, newspaper cuttings, weapons and artifacts from our Liberation War. Personal diaries, guns, flags, handkerchiefs, letters and clothes belonging to our brave freedom fighters are on show. The history of our long struggle for independence, including our language movement of 1952 and mass protests of the 1960s, is also wonderfully portrayed through different pictures and objects. Photographs of the historic March 7 speech by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, his pipe, coat, pen, autograph and some other personal belongings are on display, too.
The museum regularly organizes exhibitions and events to highlight the freedom struggle of this country. It also has a library and an audio-visual centre. The museum library has a collection of around 7,000 books on the Liberation War. Visitors can sit and read the books inside the library, or buy them from the bookstore. From war-based novels, stories, poems, posters, banners _ the library has it all.
It has two main youth-related programmes . In ‘outreach’ programme, it brings students from the Dhaka metropolitan area to visit the museum through hour own transport service, gives them free pass and also arrange quiz programmes to educate them on Liberation War related important facts. So far, about 180,000 students from 600 educational institutions have participated in ‘outreach’ programme.
‘Reach-out’ programme is based on the concept of a ‘mobile museum’. It mainly travels outside Dhaka, so students of various schools and colleges are able to see various Liberation War related rare documents and memorabilia at our mobile museum.
Muktir Utsob’ (freedom fair) is another significant event arranged by the museum.
Besides all that, the museum regularly organises programmes on human rights issues. It also hosts various events on special days, such as Independence Day, Victory Day and Pahela Boishakh.
The museum is open for all every day, except Sundays, from 10am to 6pm (5pm in winter).