With the aim of attracting visitors from Houston and the world, the Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston — at Riceville Road and the Sam Houston Tollway in the Brays Oaks Management District — opens to the public on Tuesday, Aug. 15, with an official opening ceremony to take place later this year.
The museum is dedicated to showcasing the tenets, mission, and philosophy of the late Mahatma Gandhi, the inspirational leader who used nonviolent resistance to free India from British rule. It also highlights leaders, such as Martin Luther King Jr., who were inspired by Gandhi.
The facility is the first free-standing Gandhi museum in the United States and is affiliated with an international network of museums that teach about tolerance, peace and independence as practiced by Gandhi. The Houston museum was funded mostly by local donors.
It’s also perhaps the only museum in Texas officially endorsed by the Dalai Lama, the exalted leader of Tibetan Buddhism.