War Memorial & Museum
Museum / Gallery
At a distance of 9 km from Amritsar Junction, Punjab State War Heroes Memorial & Museum is situated in Amritsar - Attari Road on the outskirts of the holy city of Amritsar in Punjab. Since, it is located on the NH-1, and near to Wagah border makes it a prominent landmark and source of attraction for the tourists.
Built at the cost of Rs 130 crore, the Punjab State War Heroes Memorial & Museum was inaugurated in October 2016, by the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal. The memorial museum is directed to showcase the fabulous gallantry deeds of the brave hearts of Punjab. It is planned to immortalize the deeds of brave soldiers and to inspire and infuse the spirit of patriotism in the youth. It is designed by an Indian architectural firm 'Kapoor and Associates' of New Delhi.
The beautiful structure has 45 m high stainless steel sword on the central edifice, representing the strength and courage of the people of Punjab while defending the nation in the hour of need. This iconic structure stands atop a circular platform surrounded by water body. Names of nearly 3500 martyrs are inscribed on the memorial built at an elevation of 4 m.
A blend of traditional architecture and modern style, the memorial houses nine state-of-the-art galleries built to showcase Punjab's martial tradition and military campaigns from the era of Sri Guru Hargobind Singh Ji, through the rise of the Sikh empire, Anglo-Sikh wars to post-Independence wars and operations till Operation Parakram in 2002 through photographs, illustrations, paintings, artifacts, weapons and interactive panels.
Apart from the memorial, the campus exhibits pictures of the brave soldiers, their brief bio-data, a MiG-23 and a model of the decommissioned aircraft carrier ship, INS Vikrant, three tanks have also been displayed - a 'Sherman' Pakistani tank which was captured in 1965 by India's 7th Light Cavalry, a Pakistani 'Patton' tank that the Indian Army secured in 1971 and India's Centurion Tank that figured prominently in the 1965 and 1971 Wars. A mural also has been built to commemorate the Battle of Saragarhi and the names of the 21 Sikh martyrs of the battle have been engraved on it.
The boundary wall of the memorial has been constructed with Nanakshahi bricks. Its landscaping reflects three different war zones from pre-British era, British era and post-independent era. A special light and sound show is also be a part of the memorial. The campus also has a 7D auditorium, facilitating an almost realistic experience of different war zones.
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 100 for Person