The Six Display Galleries
Gallery I: Presents the history and rich heritage of syncretistic culture of Bengal, advent of colonial rule and the uprisings against foreign domination, communal tension culminating in creation of Pakistan (1947).
Gallery II: Presents history of the Pakistan period (1947 - 1971) and united struggle of the people for secular democracy upholding national culture with the victory of nationalist forces in the general election of 1970.
Gallery III: Depicts the events leading to the Liberation War; the denial of election verdict by Pakistani rulers, non-violent, non-cooperation movement (March 1971), genocide unleashed by military authority, declaration of independence by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, refugee camps, and establishment of provisional government by elected representatives.
Gallery IV to VI: Presents history of the armed struggle led by Sector & Brigade Commanders, objects used by martyrs and freedom fighters, international support by different governments, public leaders and media, role of religious fundamentalist collaborators of the military regime, killing of intellectuals, excavated human remains, final thrust of the Allied Forces and victory in December 16, 1971.
Visitors to the museum discover the events that led to the peoples’ upheaval and resistance to Pakistani military’s atrocities and the human sacrifices that gave birth to the fundamental principles of democracy, secularism and nationalism of the Bangladesh Constitution (1972). Efforts have been taken through displays and regular programs to create a living museum where visitors/participants can draw contemporary relevance for building national unity as well as a tolerant society against human rights abuses.