Museums in Mumbai

The bustling metropolis of Mumbai is best known for its contribution to the Hindi film industry aka Bollywood. That’s why they call it the city of dreams. It attracts thousands of people every year to its unique contrasts of rich and poor, starry malls with slums, and the new with the old. What better way to understand this fascinating city than by exploring its past.

So here’s a list of the best museums in Mumbai that you must visit if you are in the city:

1. Nehru Planetarium

Nehru Planetarium
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Nehru Planetarium is an inviting structure that can be seen from miles away. It has a huge dome-shaped top that makes viewing the solar system and the planets a superb experience. It was established in 1977 and inaugurated by the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi and designed by J.M. Kadri, one of the prominent architects of India. If you have children this is a spot you cannot miss.

Where: Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli.

Wesite: www.nehru-centre.org/planetarium/

Contact for the Nehru Planetarium- 022 2492 0510

Timings: 10 am to 6 pm all days except Mondays.

2. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
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This museum was established in 1862 with Rs. 1,16, 141 collected from citizens! Surprised? The place is a repository of amazing and enlightening facts about the city, its culture and the urban rural migration. Formerly known as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the museum was renamed in honour of Dr. Bhau Daji Lad, as a testament to his contribution to the fields of art and heritage. It has a vast collection of arts and artefacts tracing the history of the city.

Address: Veer Mata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan (Rani Baug), 91/A, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Road,

Web address: www.bdlmuseum.org

Contact of Bhau Daji Lad Museum: 022- 23731234

Timing: 10 AM to 6 PM on all days except for Wednesdays.

3. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly known as Prince of Wales Museum)

Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
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This museum was built in 1905 to commemorate the visit of the then Prince of Wales, George V to Bombay and was known as the Prince of Wales Museum. It was renamed as the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in the year 2000 when they also undertook the conservation and restoration of important art works including the Sword of Damocles. With a collection of up to 50,000 artefacts, the museum is divided into the following wings: archaeology, natural history, and arts. In addition, the museum also houses a Maritime Heritage Gallery and a forestry section.

Where: 159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort.

Contact of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya: 022 22844484,22844519

Webpage: www.csmvs.in

Timing: 10.15 am to 6.00 pm, Mondays to Sundays, and remains closed on national holidays and public holidays falling on Mondays.

4. Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya

Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya
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Fan of the Mahatma? Then head to the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Sangrahalaya that was once used as a temporary residence by Gandhi between 1917 and 1934. The place is now preserved as a library and a museum in Mumbai. Gandhi’s famous satyagraha andolan and civil disobedience movement were all suppoed to have been formulated sitting at this beautiful structure. The museum is a true ode to the Mahatma, right from his childhood to his assassination through pictures and anecdotes. The room used by Gandhi is preserved in the same way, with his books, bed, and spinning wheels.

Address: 9 Laburnum Road, Gamdevi.

Contact of Mani Bhavan by calling +91 22 2380 5864

Website: www.gandhi-manibhavan.org

Open: 9.30 am to 6.00 pm every day.

Art and Science Museums

5. National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art
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If you are an art lover you should head to the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai that was opened to the public only in 1996. Famous for the possessing the country’s richest collection of modern art, the gallery is home to over 17,000 works of art, and features works by stalwarts like M.F. Hussain, Rabindranath Tagore, and Raja Ravi Varma. It also traces the history of art and culture in India by carefully collecting pieces of art that are the evocative of those times.

Address: Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall, M. G. Road, Fort

Webpage: www.ngmaindia.gov.in

Contact of the National Gallery of Modern Art here – 2288 1969

Open: 11 am to 6.00 pm on all days except for Mondays and national holidays.

Just for fun, we threw one in!

6. Red Carpet Wax Museum

Red Carpet Wax Museum
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India’s first International and Interactive Wax Museum in R-City Mall Ghatkopar. The museum is made in a way that gives a feeling of true Red Carpet Event.

Where: LBS marg, 1st floor South wing, R-city mall,

contact of Red Carpet Wax Museum: 77981 75556

Website: www.redcarpetmuseum.com

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