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“Wonderful must visit museum in Pune”

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
Ranked #11 of 274 things to do in Pune
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Pune, India
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“Wonderful must visit museum in Pune”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

I have visited the Raja Kelkar museum a lot of times over the years and have always been fascinated by the collection there, especially because all the wonderful pieces have been the part of the private collection of a single person. The museum is a wonderful showcase of the history of Maharashtra through the various objects on display, especially the Mastani Mahal, which is simply amazing. A couple of decades ago, when Pune was a quiter and not-so-cosmopolitan city, this museum was more or less on the radar of every visitor to Pune, which seens to have changed nowadays. Steps must be taken both by the Maharashtra government and the local people to popularize the museum and ensure that it gets more footfalls and more popularity and revenue, as it deserves all this. A MUST visit place.

Visited September 2012
7 Thank Nimish G
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“Must visit museum in Pune, simply great”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

I had a relatively short free time in Pune (half a day) so it was one shot situation and I was happyly selected to visit the Kelkar Museum. It was just great.

While there are some Indian culture (folk culture as well) pieces available in different museum all around the globe - the consice and well organised exhibition of this kind is hard to find.

It took me ca 2 hours before I got full with the emotions, information and got tired for the long runs through the maze of the museum rooms (it is not easy organised in the sense of the walking - you need to go the certain way and the for example the ivory section I was very much looking for is at the very end of the exposition, while still next to the entrance...)

It is important to notice that the entrance tickets for non Indian nationalities is 200 INR, while for the Indians it is much less, there were no line to wait and fairelly few visitors in the museum itself.
Most of the exibition is about the folk art and folk culture of the India - well with some regions and some points better and more filled in.
I personally love the bronze works of the Indian Pantheon of the Hindu believes and also the containers and hewelery on the ground floor. The very best for me was the dancer sculpture on the very ground floor - stone she dancer!

Concerning some practical points- the hotel is in the relative center of the city, parking around is a nightmare (well same for any place more or less), there is no clear options for the reduced mobility persons (wheel chair person unfortunatelly cannot get through most of the place), the exibition shall take at least 2 hours, better 3 , yet due to the walking and information you need to be aware for the tiredness, there is nice and cheap cards and books, dvd shop at the end of the exhibition.

Overall - it is simple must to visit if you have interest in Indian culture and art! Very much recommended.

Visited December 2012
7 Thank VitPetersburg
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“Hats off to Collection”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Museum in memory of beloved son. variety of collection. specially Mastani Mahal. Paintings and information of various ancient cultural things. huge vessels, armors utilities, cloths carry us in the history. worth to spend time around 3-5 Hrs. Many researchers have found good stuff for study here.

Visited February 2012
6 Thank mohiniraj
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“Excellent and innovative museum”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Considering that this museum has evolved from the personal collection of one individual, who throughout his life collected magnificient pieces of art from across the world, maintained them at his expense and preserved everything so well that today millions can enjoy those brilliant pieces of art. The collection reflects Raja Kelkar's tremendous asthetic sense also, he's even converted parts of a normal house into an art piece - say, a door or a knob. Excellent concept and collection - only Improvement required is to manitain the details of the artifacts in bilingual - English + Marathi. Currently they are all in Marathi, which is a deterrant for non Marathi visitors.

6 Thank RayM1703
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“One of the great folk museums”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

The collection of folk material and art items from all over India in the Raja Dinkar Museum is one of the great such institutions. The collection itself is substantial and serious and one needs time to walk through the many rooms and enjoy the items displayed.

The displays are scholarly and well presented and varied from utensils to fine arts. The musical instruments gallery is especially fine.

We spent a wonderful morning in the museum and came away with a collection of their beautiful booklets on aspects of the museum's holdings.

Visited January 2013
7 Thank Boulbon
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