Bardoli, included in the Surat metropolitan area, and under the jurisdiction of Surat Municipal Corporation, is a township that has reserved its place in the annals of Indian history. It is from this historical town that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, more popularly known as the ‘Iron Man of India’, initiated the Bardoli Satyagraha or uprising and mutinied against the British. Priceless oil paintings, photographs, documents, reports, memorabilia, and other trivia connected with the revolt have been meticulously preserved and archived in the Sardar Patel National Museum.
The museum is entirely dedicated to the contributions and achievements of Sardar Patel who gained in stature and came to be regarded as a leader with nationwide repute following the Bardoli unrest. There are a total of 14 dioramas and approximately 561 exhibits chronicling the historical happenings and events that occurred during the lifetime of Vallabhbhai Patel. Restoration work was undertaken in the year 2001 in order to save the invaluable artifacts and treasures of the repository that was on the verge of suffering irreversible damage from rainwater seepage. The museum is located on Station Road, close to Bhuvaneshwari Nagar Society
The original edifice or structure housing the archives was constructed in the year 1889 and christened as ‘Winchester Museum’. It was only after India gained independence from British Rule in 1947 that the repository was rechristened as Sardar Patel Museum. The then Indian Government in order to honor the contributions of the farmers, laborers, and the peasantry of Bardoli took a decision to conserve all important keepsakes relating to the rebellion in the museum.
In this context, it won’t be out of place to mention that Sardar Patel had encouraged the farmers and agriculturists to protest against the imposition of a steep tax of 30% in 1925, a year in which Bardoli was ravaged by famine and floods. The Bardoli Satyagraha served as a catalyst inspiring Mahatma Gandhi to set the stage for the Dandi Salt March in 1930. The Sardar Patel Museum exhibits artifacts and memorabilia related to Bardoli Satyagraha.
Where is it located?
The Museum is on the Station Road within the Bhuvneshwari Nagar Society in Bardoli. The town is about 270 kilometers from the city of Ahmedabad.
Ideal Visiting Time
The favorable time to visit Bardoli is from September through to April. The museum is open from 10.00 to 1.30 and from 2.30 to 6.00 on all days excepting 2nd Saturdays, Wednesdays, and national holidays.