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Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity

Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity

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139 Reviews
Free admission
Open: 8am - 12pm & 3pm - 6pm (closed Thursday)
54a Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, Kolkata, India

The Basics

Located down an alleyway in central Kolkata, the Mother House was the home and headquarters of Mother Teresa from 1950 until her death in 1997. Aside from the room that holds her tomb, the building centers on a peaceful courtyard and a tiny museum where visitors and pilgrims can learn more about the Catholic saint’s life and see a collection of her possessions and letters.

Visitors are welcome to walk around the Mother House and visit the tomb as they wish. Prayer petitions can be placed in a box on the tomb, with prayers requested then held during the weekly Friday mass at the chapel—this service is only open to MOC sisters and volunteers.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Kolkata

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Monument Full day trip
Daydream148118, Dec 2019
Monument Full Day Trip Including Mother House, Victoria Memorial With Lunch
Excellent tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. Covered all the main sites of Kolkata with adequate time. A good combination of walking and not all the time in the car. Driver was very good
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Very Good Private Tour in Kolkata
Gail828, Nov 2019
Monument Full Day Trip Including Mother House, Victoria Memorial With Lunch
This is a great tour is you are short on time in Kolkata, as it enables you to visit most of the highlights very quickly. I had a wonderful time in Kolkata and will definitely return again in the future. Lovely driver and guide, very helpful, professional and courteous throughout the day.
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Great Private Day Tour in Kolkata
Gail828, Nov 2019
Monument Full Day Trip Including Mother House, Victoria Memorial With Lunch
Had a great full day private tour of Kolkata, covering most of the cities highlights in a very short space of time, as I only had 1.5 days in the city! Nice driver and guide.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Mother House will interest those keen to know more about Mother Teresa and Kolkata’s social and religious landscape.
  • Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
  • Visitors are required to dress modestly and respectfully.
  • Be ready to switch off mobile phones during any visit and maintain a respectful silence at Mother Teresa’s tomb.
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How to Get There

The Mother House is situated at 54A A.J.C. Bose Road near its intersection with Ripon Street in central Kolkata. Look for the alleyway near the corner with Ripon Street, and follow it along one side of the Mother House to the main entrance. Alternatively, ride a cab here or take the metro to the nearest station, Park Street—although the house is an approximate 25-minute walk from there.

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When to Get There

The Mother House is open Friday-Wednesday, from 8am-12pm and 3pm-6pm. These times are strictly observed, but can change, so double-check before visiting. Be aware that the house is closed on August 22, Easter Monday, and December 26 every year.

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Wildcard

Must-Sees at the Mother House Most visitors first make their way to Mother Teresa’s white marble tomb, which is housed in a simple ground-floor room, and which is adorned with flower petals and wreaths. Other areas open to visitors include a museum room where you can see the nun’s worn sandals, rosary, enamel dinner bowl, and other modest possessions; before going upstairs to view her sparsely furnished bedroom, complete with a simple bed and desk, where she died in 1997.

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