R.K. Narayan House, situated in Yadvagiri in Mysuru, was opened to the public as a museum in 2016. It houses personal memorabilia of the writer who spent nearly four decades, from the 1950s to the 1990s, living and writing there.
The building was acquired by the Mysuru City Corporation in 2011 at a cost of INR 2.4 crores from the relatives of the author and declared a heritage site in the very same year. Restoration of the two-storeyed house was completed in 2016. Modelled after Shakespeare’s house in England, the museum offers the viewer a glimpse into the writer’s life. The books that R.K. Narayan wrote, the desk and chair he used, his clothes, his awards (including the Padmabhushan, the Padmavibhushan) and photographs documenting his life find space here. Hanging on the white walls, among other things, are panels with writings from his friends such as N. Ram and Githa Hariharan, list of works and awards, and the story of the building being converted into a museum. There are stills from the TV series Malgudi Days, directed by the late Shankar Nag, that made R.K. Narayan a household name.
Furniture, medals, books, and personal belongings have been donated by the Narayan family, especially his granddaughter Bhuvaneshwari.