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The Liberation War Museum, Bangladesh was established in 1996. It commemorates the heroic struggle of the Bengali nation for democracy and national rights. This struggle turned into an armed conflict following the genocide unleashed by the military rulers of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, with the emergence of Bangladesh as a Secular democratic state in December 1971.

The museum is housed in a two-storied building with displays in six galleries. Currently, the museum has in its collection 21,000 (August 2016) objects, which include rare photographs, documents, media coverage and materials used by freedom fighters and martyrs of the Liberation War. However the museum can display only around 1300 objects due to paucity of space. A proper museum with an area of about 20,000 sq. m. is being built endowed with modern concepts of display and archiving and is scheduled to be opened in March 2017. Liberation War Museum, excavated two killing fields in the Dhaka suburbs and preserves one site, and these human remains have added dimension to the displays.

Liberation War Museum is the outcome of a citizen’s effort and is run by a Board of Trustees. It is now recognized, nationally and internationally, as a credible institution on the history of Bangladesh’s independence. The museum, through its special programmes endeavors to link history of the Liberation War with contemporary pressing social and human right issues. LWM is a founder member of International Coalition of Sites of Conscience and is an institutional member of the American Association of Museums.

Visitors to the museum realize how through popular struggle and human sacrifices the fundamental principles of democracy, secularism and nationalism of the Bangladesh Constitution (1972) evolved. Attempts have been taken through displays and regular programmes to create a living museum where visitors/participants can draw contemporary relevance for building national unity and a tolerant society and fight abuses of human rights.

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LWM is 1105 weeks* old
with over 6,43,219 visitors till today


Museum Hours

The Museum is open on all
weekdays except Sunday between
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
In winter it is open between
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Ramadan Time (রমজান সময়সূচি)
10:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Audited Financial Statements and Audit Reports Years: 2010-2013