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Bhau Daji Lad Museum

91A Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road | Byculla, Mumbai (Bombay) 400027, India
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Ranked #30 of 276 attractions in Mumbai (Bombay)
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Set up in 1872, as the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Bhau Daji Lad Museum is Mumbai’s oldest museum. Housed in the Victoria gardens, which is now... more »
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Bombay
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This museum has been restored in the recent past and now has some lovely exhibhits. I went there recently for the travelling Florence exhibhit and they also have workshops for kids as well as the adults during the summer. Best to check their website to find out what exhibhits are taking place there.

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Mumbai's oldest museum is an absolute treat of colonial architecture. Many of the objects inside are from the original collection, making this something of a museum about itself. Century-old relief maps of Mumbai, dioramas of old Mumbai/Maha lifestyle, and some lovely works of mostly Indian craftsmanship can be found inside. I wouldn't go too far out of your way to... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This museum is beautifully kept and well worth the small entrance fee. The building itself is stunning and there are so many interesting things within it. It is however, quite hot and stuffy inside as there is no air conditioning and it is quite a small museum. But I found it very interesting and well worth a visit. it is... More

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Bangalore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This used to be the Victoria & Albert Museum and still has imposing statues of the Queen, her consort Prince Albert and of David Sassoon, who was an impressive figure in old British Bombay. Now called Bhau Dadji Lad after one of its prominent patrons, it retains the feel. In fact the experience has been enhanced by its recent renovation,... More

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Bombay, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Just back from the "Florentine Renaissance" temporary exhibit at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Mighty impressive, but then, this is a temporary exhibit. The permanent displays (history of Bombay) would at best be a niche interest category. Having said that, just as some journeys are as important as the destination, this museum is in itself a wonderful exhibit. The old... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum is the oldest museum in Mumbai. Situated in Byculla East, it was originally established in 1855 as a treasure house of the decorative and industrial arts, and was later renamed in the honour of Bhau Daji.After visiting this museum you realise the importance about heritage of Mumbai city.Being a Mumbaikar you feel... More

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Bangalore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I visited this museum about a year back and reviewed as well here. I visited again this year and was happy to see some improvements they have done. Now audio guide is available for visitors at extra cost (Rs 30 during my visit). This guide is some hifi device which detects signals from the displays and speaks about that. And... More

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

The erstwhile Victoria & Albert Museum built during the British era and rechristened the Bhau Daji Lad Museum is marvelous. Restored just a few years ago by architect Vikas Dilawar, this museum is a phenomenal effort to bring the focus strongly towards the rich Indian culture and heritage that has been ignored for so many years. They have also set... More

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mumbai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Heard so much good about , and was not disappointed ! especially after it was renovated . good job Vikas Dilaware . worth a visit if you have the time after viewing at other tourist attractions in Mumbai

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delhi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

This museum is a gem ! Its interiors merit a visit, they are exquisite! The museum has been beautifully restored. A job very well done. I would encourage visitors to Mumbai to include this in their sightseeing musts. The exhibits are one of a kind, handcrafted items which we in the world of crafts would love to see revived today.... More

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