Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
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10:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:15 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:15 AM - 6:00 PM
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SmitaB
Mumbai, India253 contributions
Jul 2022
Visiting the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum in Mumbai was a fun two-hour experience. It's not a big museum, not comparable to the MET (NY) or the V&A (London), not even the Indian Museum in Kolkata, all of which have way more Indian artefacts than this one does. But it was still an interesting experience and a good place to take children. And to hang out on a Sunday afternoon, which is what I did. The museum is open from 10 AM to 6 PM daily. Tickets cost INR 100 for Indian citizens, and an additional INR 100 If you want to take pictures even if it's through a phone camera. The museum has a main gallery and an extension gallery, the latter holding the more interesting exhibits, in my view. It can get hot and sweaty in the afternoon because most of the museums did not have AC. The best part about the museum is not so much the space itself but rather the events and exhibitions it frequently holds. So, be sure to subscribe to its Instagram and Twitter pages if you want to be culturally invigorated from time to time :)
Written August 1, 2022
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MWandAW
North Sydney, Australia3,685 contributions
Mar 2020
My wife and I walked to the Museum from our hotel, using the hotel map. It was a flat walk and easy to do, especially after we learnt how to cross roads in India. We happily paid the foreigners visitors entry fee at the ticket office, just to the left inside the main gate (near the shop and cafe) and received our passes. We did not take an Audio Guide, as we like to view what we are interested in. We also like to take all the time we need to view the exhibits and we didn't hurry. We enjoyed viewing the gardens outside the exhibition building, especially the statues. We didn't pay extra to take photos inside and put our cameras away. We started by climbing to the top floor and found that on each floor, there is a corridor to an annex where there are more things to see. It is way easier to start at the top and walk down. The Art, Archaeology and Natural History exhibitions include some of the oldest artifacts that I have ever seen. Some pottery pieces over 4,000 years old. We loved the Japanese and Chinese artifacts in the glass cases and my wife really liked the sari and textile collections, in another section of the museum. The museum isn't modern and doesn't have any of the full room audio visual displays of prehistoric animals wandering through the undergrowth, like you see in other international venues. It does have however, have real exhibits, not make-believe ones. We spent around two and a half hours in the museum and a further 30 minutes in the shop buying souvenirs of our visit, including a Hindu statue and some nicely packed Indian tea varieties. A visit to this Museum is highly recommended.
Written March 25, 2020
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Tom G
San Diego, CA239 contributions
Sep 2022
Our expert guide from Greaves Travel led us on a walking Tour through the Art Precinct of Mumbai’s British Heritage District. We visited Churchgate and Zero Point, site of St. Thomas Cathedral Church, at one corner of an ancient fort and where historically distances along all major roads were measured from. The Kala Ghoda (Black Horse) subdistrict is a crescent shaped sub-precinct that has developed into a prominent cultural center in Mumbai. The heritage structures are in Victorian Neo-Gothic, Indo Saracenic, Renaissance Revival and Edwardian Neo Classical styles.

We enjoyed the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly the Prince of Wales Museum. Considered one of the most significant museums in India, it is spread over three acres and includes more than 50,000 ancient artworks, sculptures and artifacts in its galleries. The museum is divided into three sections: art, archaeology and natural history. Browse through sculptures, bronzes, excavated artefacts from the Harappan sites, Indian miniature paintings, European paintings, porcelain and ivories from China and Japan. We enjoyed a small but impressive collection of the Progressive Artists Group, which flourished around Indian independence after World War II.
Written October 5, 2022
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Happines3121
2 contributions
Feb 2020
Lovely museum. Every floor tells a story. The museum shop also has some great souvenirs worth every penny. For foreigners its 650 plus 100 cameras. The museum has nice lawns and ample sitting space. Worth a visit if in Mumbai.
Written February 24, 2020
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Veroniek K
Vught, The Netherlands519 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Lovely museum. Enjoyed every floor. What a beautiful stories to read was n every floor. The museum shop also has some great souvenirs worth every penny. For foreigners its 650 plus 100 cameras!
Written January 28, 2020
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Vikas Singh
Hyderabad, India4,039 contributions
Dec 2019
This is one of the best museums in the country and therefore a must visit. Photography is allowed on payment of small fee. There are lockers where you can deposit your luggage. Audio guides are available. We visited the sculpture gallery and miniature art galleries. The sculpture gallery on ground floor has Buddhist sculptures and sculptures of Vishnu, Devi, Shiva from Hindu religion. The miniature art gallery on first floor has the best collection in country stretching right from the Pala period to the Mughals to Rajputana style. There is a nice museum shop where you can pick up souvenirs and books. There is also a good cafeteria on the premises
Written January 26, 2020
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Brian T
Peterborough, UK221 contributions
Feb 2020
This really is a place to visit if it holds an interest for you. Whilst it has some amazing artifacts and historical descriptions of the pieces it is well worth taking the audio guide, although at times it was not easy to follow. We found the Chineses and Japanese rooms of particular interest but like all museums it is what suits your personal interest. The museum was clean and well laid out with separate rooms dividing the exhibits. We have one critism of our visit, the washrooms were inadequately supplied, at the time absolutely no running water for hand washing so make sure you carry sufficient hand sterilising gel.
Written March 20, 2020
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2torontotraveller
Toronto, Canada1,953 contributions
Jan 2020
I visited this museum as part of a shore excursion from my cruise ship. This museum is just beautiful. The museum building embodies the pomp and height at which the British Raj was moving ahead with their ambitious plans, in building the great metropolis of Bombay. The building was started in 1905 and completed in 1915 and an addition was added in 2008. The museum building is a Grade I Heritage Building. The outside of the building has a lovely garden with some interesting sculptures.

We were only given half an hour to see this museum which is not anywhere close to how much time you would need to enjoy the museum. I ran through the building to get a sense of the museum. There is a lot to see here with lots of sculptures, art and Natural History. If I get another chance to go to Mumbai, I would definitely go back and have a longer look.
Written February 2, 2020
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sohilgoodluck
Mumbai, India93 contributions
Nov 2019
Its a must visit place if you are with kids as its very huge and informative. Please take out atleast 3 hours to view this museum and its surrounding peacefully. The Kids will specially love the animals section where life size stuffed animals have been recreated.
Written January 8, 2020
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ZenHealer7
Asheville, NC2,403 contributions
Jan 2020
From Prince of Wales to Chatrapati Shivaji to The Museum. What a transformation. I was born and brought up in Bombay and remember visiting this dusty, poorly laid out, boring edifice from school. Had never stepped in since then. Until a friend was visiting from the USA and I decided to venture in there. From the moment you approach the modern, well organized and user friendly ticket office, you know there is something new and fresh in the air. This is followed by watching staff and security people actually working and smiling instead of just idling away. And then The Museum itself. Finally, India has a world class museum in its premier city. Eachh of the floors is well organized with well curated, displayed and explained pieces of Indian art and history, all in air conditioned comfort in a spanking new interior. What a pleasure.
Written January 22, 2020
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