Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Museum Fort in Mumbai, the financial capital of India Is in the area. The museum was earlier recognized as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India. The museum is one of the leading museums in the country that explores art and history in particular. The museum has been awarded the 2010 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage.
Districts / Regions
Mumbai District, Maharashtra, India.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Museum was formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum. It was built to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales, King George V. Construction was completed in 1914, but it was used as a military hospital during World War I. It was not available to the general public until 1922. .
The museum explores various artifacts such as natural history, sculpture, textile industry, prehistoric and protohistoric art, Indian paintings, European paintings, some Chinese and Japanese artifacts, coins, etc. Pieces of clay and terracotta statues from Harappa and Mohenjodaro are the tourist attractions here. There are collections of paintings by artists such as Sir Thomas Lawrence, Matia Pretty, Jacob de Baker, William Strong, Bonifacio Veronese and Peter Paul Rubens.
The famous art galleries in the museum are Krishna Kala Dalan, Lakshmi Kala Dalan (on currency since time immemorial), Epigraphy Kala Dalan, Sculpture Kala Dalan. The Art Gallery of Sculpture has some of the rarest sculptures reported from Elephanta Island and other parts of Mumbai. The Epigraphy Art Gallery houses the orders of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka found at Sopara. The Mirpurkhas collection of stupa excavations is also on display. Assyrian antiquities are in the museum's collection. This museum is known for its huge collection of miniature paintings. The European Art Gallery gives you a glimpse of 19th and 20th century art.
The children’s section of the museum has recently developed and attracts children through experiential learning exhibitions. The Department of Natural History is also a unique feature of the museums. Museum Society of Mumbai, which organizes various activities.
It is located in the heart of South Mumbai and near the Gateway of India in the Fort area of Mumbai.
Weather / Climate
The major climate of the region is rainfall, the Konkan belt experiences high rainfall (around 2500 mm to 4500 mm) and the climate is humid and warm. Temperatures reach 30 degrees Celsius during this season.
Summers are hot and humid and temperatures reach 40 degrees Celsius.
Winters have a mild climate (about 28 degrees Celsius) and the weather is cold and dry.
Things to do
This museum has various collections. It takes more than 3 to 4 hours to explore the entire museum. The museum offers a wide range of Sangrayatil shop souvenirs.
Nearest tourist destination
Being a part of the city, other tourist destinations are easily available
Gateway of India (0.4 km)
Jahangir Kala Dalan (0.75 km)
● Asiatic Society of Mumbai Town Hall 0. 8 km)
RBI Monetary Museum (1.1 km)
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (2.4 km)
National Modern Art Gallery (0.2 km)
समूह A group of World Heritage buildings in the fort
Special food feature and hotel
The place is famous for its variety of cuisine and cosmopolitan street food which is readily available in many restaurants in the area. The museum also has a cafe.
Near accommodation and hotel / hospital / post office / police station
There are many hotels and lodges around the area.
The nearest hospital is Kaljot Hospital. (0.5 km)
The nearest police station is Colaba Police Station. (1.2 km)
Rules and times to visit, the best month to visit
The museum can be visited at any time of the year.
The museum can be visited from 10:00 am. Monday through Friday from 2:15 p.m.
Admission to the museum is:
IN INR 85 for adults
IN INR 650 for foreign tourists
IN INR 20 for children
R INR 20 for students
Language spoken in the area
English, Hindi, Marathi.