Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai…

What if I told you that there is a place in Mumbai apart from the beaches, pubs, exotic hotels, malls especially for the history enthusiasts where you can easily invest a day of yours and get awestruck by the collection of artifacts this museum holds.

Seems interesting???… Then, let me brief you about my visit to this beautiful knowledge center.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya…

This museum is situated at one of the prime locations of the city Mumbai, houses a humongous amount of artifact collection, and is one of the iconic places to visit in the lane of Kala Ghoda.

Initially known as the Prince of Wales Museum, houses a collection of metal sculptures, rare artwork, sculptures made of metals, stones, and objects from foreign lands. The museum has 3 sections namely Art, Archaeology, and Natural History. It was recently named after the founder of the Maratha Empire, Chhatrapati Shivaji. The museum is surrounded by a garden which is very well maintained.

Buddha’s head statue placed in the museum lawn...

Museum surrounded by palm trees…

Entrance lobby of the museum…

The art gallery has objects made of ivory, arms and armors, artifacts made of silver and gold, Indian and European paintings, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, Nepali and Tibetan art. Few of the armors belong to Chhatrapati Shivaji and Akbar. The swords, shields and axes used during the Maratha empire and other empires are nicely exhibited.

Meditating Buddha placed near the museum entrance…

The archaeological section has sculptures made out of stone dating back to the 5th century AD. Also few artifacts from the Indus Valley Civilisation.

I had been to the museum much before the pandemic in February 2018. These are few of many such paintings, artifacts, sculptures which I posted. Let me remind you that photography is not allowed everywhere inside the museum but only in few sections. Even at the places where it is allowed, you need to buy a paid pass during the entry itself.

Apart from these there is a Natural History section which houses a collection of dioramas, paintings, charts, models to illustrate the rich and diverse Indian wildlife. Also an entire section dedicated to Indian-European paintings.

More details:-

  • Museum timings: 10:00 AM to 02:15 PM on all days (Temporarily closed due to Covid-19 pandemic)…
  • Entry fee: INR 50 – 200…
  • Time required: 4 hours…
  • Location: 159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai – 400023
  • Must see: Art and Archaeological gallery…
  • Official website: http://www.csmvs.in/

The time spent inside the museum and the knowledge gained regarding the various collection of artifacts is literally worthy and satisfying. The amount and the type of collection this museum holds is incredible. I specially liked the sculptures made from metal and stones.

So, visit the museum once the pandemic is over and let me know your views in the comments section below. And you can also recommend other museums which you think I should give a visit at least once. As a lover of art, I would like to and be glad to visit any such museum.

The tickets are not available online but, only on spot.

“A museum is a place where one should lose one’s head.”

– Renzo Piano

I lost mine!!! What about you?…

Bis Bald!!!…

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