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Prince of Wales Museum

Prince of Wales Museum

Famous exhibits: Indus Valley Civilization artifacts; Coin Museum; Indian Miniature Painting Collection
Timings: 10:15am-6:00pm
Built in 1905 to commemorate the visit of the then Prince of Wales, George V to Bombay, the museum was named as the Prince of Wales Museum till 2000. Post that, it was renamed as the Chatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya. The mighty museum attracts hundreds of visitors everyday with its huge collection of more than 50,000 artifacts. The museum has several distinct wings, namely - archeology, natural history, and arts. Additionally, the museum also houses a Maritime Heritage Gallery and a forestry section. Among the most popular exhibits are the ones collected from Indus Valley Civilization archaeology site, the coin museum that displays coins from all over the world dating back to centuries. The Indian Miniature Painting collection is also among the major tourist attraction, and it would take at least 2 hours or so to complete the tour of the repository. The museum is open on all days, except on national holidays and public holidays falling on Mondays. Take a tour of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya and get indulged into the ancient dose of India and its culture from time to time.

Mani Bhavan

Mani Bhavan

Famous exhibits: Letters to Adolf Hitler and Franklin D Roosevelt
Timings: 9.30am to 6.00pm
Exclusive for the history buffs, Mani Bhavan is a treasure for all who want to explore the life of Gandhi as a firsthand experience. The transition from Gandhi?s childhood to adulthood is captured and treasured here at Mani Bhavan. This library-cum-museum used to be the temporary residence of Gandhi from 1917 to 1934, and is now preserved as a memorial for the Indian leader. It was while he was here that Gandhi formulated his famous Satyagraha Movement. The Civil Disobedience Movement too was formed while he was residing here. The museum beautifully treasures the life of Gandhi through pictures, photographs, anecdotes, artifacts and some of the items that he used once. The room, where Gandhi stayed, is preserved in the same way till date with all his books, bed and other commodities intact at their respective places. The famous spinning wheels used by Gandhi to shape up Swadeshi Movement between 1918 and 1947 are also preserved in the museum. Apart from being a memoir for Gandhi with his personal items as exhibits, the museum is also a varied display of how Bombay was run under the British Raj. Among the most popular artifacts are the letters to Adolf Hitler and tributes from Ho Chi Minh and Einstein.

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Famous exhibits: The bust in the centre of the room of David Sassoon ? opium baron, trader and architect of Colonial Bombay
Timings: 10am to 6pm (Wednesday closed)
Also known as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Bhau Daji Lad Museum got it renamed in honor of Dr. Bhau Daji Lad. The museum is dedicated as a testament to his contribution to the fields of art and heritage. Established in 1855, initially the museum was built as a treasure house of the decorative and industrial arts. It is the oldest museum in Mumbai with some of the most cherished edifices as its exhibits. The museum primarily focuses on the culture of the city and doubles as the home to hundreds of relics collected from all over the country as well as from outside India. This is a museum which is aimed at the detailing of Mumbai as a city with a huge collection of arts and artifacts that talk about the history and heritage of the city. A walk down the museum promises to take you back to Bombay that it was 100 years ago. The beautiful interiors reflect the architectural marvel of the colonial era, and a must visit to check out the intricate artwork in construction.


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