Imphal Peace Museum

The 10th International Conference of Museums for Peace

Title: Imphal Peace Museum

Author: Haobam Joyremba, Fmr. Secretary, Manipur Tourism Forum

Abstract: The Imphal Peace Museum located at Maibam Lotpa Ching, also called as the Red Hills is situated around 20 km from the heart of the Imphal City in the state of Manipur, India. The Museum is a representation of paradox of life where Peace Finally Triumphs. The Museum is certainly not dedicated to war or be a voyeuristic window to the scale of violence Manipur witnessed when it became one of the fiercest theatres of WWII. On the other hand, it is about celebration of the beauty of peace upon the knowledge of the calamity that its absence can be. This is the greatest lesson the history of Manipur’s WWII experience can teach us, and the Imphal Peace Museum encapsulate this outlook. In the spirit of “Truth and Reconciliation” advocated as a trauma resolution, the message and impression that the Imphal Peace Museum strives to leave for all visitors, especially the younger generation, is the one of a regenerative resurgence of life even after having gone through the most traumatic of experiences. It is also about the celebration of the unshakable faith in a common humanity that Manipur possesses despite all the troubles it has faced.