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Bangabandhu Memorial Museum

Bangabandhu Bhaban also is known as Bangabandhu Memorial Museum or simply referred to as Dhanmondi 32 was the personal residence of the founding father and President of Bangladesh. Sheikh Mujib was killed along with most of his family in the residence, and today it is a museum. It is located in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.
 

History

On 15 August 1975, some disgruntled Army officers carried out the Assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. His wife Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, his sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal, Sheikh Russel were killed in the attack on their residence. On 12 June 1981, the house was handed over to the surviving family members of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Sheikh Hasina found Sheikh Mujib's diaries in the building after the handover and these were later published in the form of memoirs.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman spent most of his life in this home, and from here, he led the Anti-Ayub Movement of 1962, the Six-Point Movement of 1966, the general election of 1970, and the Non-Cooperation Movement leading up to the country’s struggle for independence in 1971. The house was the center of all of Bangabandhu’s political activities, including planning activities, exchanging views with leaders and activists, and listening to the grievances of the people. Bangabandhu had prepared the framework of the historic March 7 speech at the conference table of this house. In the upstream days of 1971, local and foreign journalists had rushed to this house. After the Liberation War, when Bangabandhu served as the president of an independent Bangladesh, he used his home as a base of operations to make decisions on running the government.


This house was turned into Museum on 14, 1994 at the initiative of Bangabandhu Memorial Trust. There is a background on how the residence of Bangabandhu was turned into Museum.  Hon'ble Prime Minister H.E. Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu, returned to Dhaka and visited this home in 1981, upon her being elected the President of Awami League. Within a year of her return, H.E. Sheikh Hasina received an auction notice from the House Building Finance Cooperation issued against the house. She paid the due Tk. 12,000 and saved her home from being auctioned off. Later, she handed over her ancestral house to the Bangabandhu Memorial Trust. On August 14, 1994, the trust turned the house into a museum. The home became the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum.

 

How To Go

Any bus, CNG, taxi cab, or rickshaw from Gabtoli, Motijheel, Farmgate, and New Market area of ​​Dhaka to Dhanmondi can be taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Memorial Museum.

 

Source : Bangladesh National Portal, Wikipedia, The Daily Sun

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