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Bhau Daji Lad Museum

91A Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road | Byculla, Mumbai (Bombay) 400027, India
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Ranked #39 of 278 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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Situated in the precincts of the Byculla Zoo, this is a gem of a museum containing brilliant repository for history buffs. This was previously called as the Victoria and Albert museum and is situated just 2 mins away from Byculla train station. The museum has been superbly restored by INTACH and looks stunning. Particularly impressive is the Victorian architecture and... More

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Romanshorn, Switzerland
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Museum’s facade was in Renaissance style. The building inside was gorgeous, well-maintained, in blue-gold Victorian architecture and it was full of museum personnel. At the backyard, there was small museum shop were we both oversized-quality and affordable postcards. A great spot for a break after a whole day’s walk. Entrance fee costs 100 Rupees.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I went to this museum purely to see the architecture of the building which was suppose to be phenomenal. Both times I went (having paid for a taxi to go all the way there and paid to park), I was allowed only into the lobby as they were closed. The first time they said they woul be open the next... More

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Los Angeles, California
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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This will be a short review. Its basically one big room the photo shows it all. Some interesting bits but hassle getting a driver to find it! The building was nice but not a lt to see all in all.

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Bombay
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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10 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
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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