Museums of Maharashtra

Museums

Let History Come Alive

Museums, some say, are for those who have a penchant for history. That is true to a certain extent but there also are museums which are delightful for the curiosity they generate and the way in which they offer a window to how people before our times lived. One such place is the Central Museum at Nagpur which is 150 years’ old. And what makes it a perfect tourist draw is the huge and priceless collection of memorabilia it holds.

Then there is the astounding collection of artefacts at the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum of Pune which is also remarkable for the fact that all the items were collected by just one person during his lifetime. The museum is delightful for its curios, ranging from beautifully embroidered textiles to sculptures and antique copper vessels to the swords of the Peshwas. At Kolhapur is the Town Hall Musuem which has relics of the Brahmapuri settlement and paintings and portraits of some of the best known artists of the country.

Have you ever visited a museum of money? If not, go to the RBI Monetary Museum in Mumbai which offers an informative peep into the evolvement of currency right from the days when emperors used gold coins to our era of plastic money. And when in Mumbai, include a visit to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum. It has a representative collection of various forms of art from India, China, Japan and some European countries along with a collection of natural history specimens.

At Aurangabad, the Department of History and Ancient Indian Culture of the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University has set up a unique museum that has a collection of miniature paintings, sculptures, texts, coins, weaponry, pottery, textiles, etc. which, put together, take you on a journey of India’s rich and diverse past. And of course there are many smaller museums too across the state, as for example the one on Parvati Hill in Pune which has swords, pistols and utility items from the time of the Peshwas. Fascinating indeed!

  • If ever a window was required to peep into the fascinating world of art and antiquities, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, at Mumbai, would be the right place to visit. The museum has a representative collection of various forms of art from the Indian subcontinent and also to a certain extent works of art from China, Japan and European countries. Additionally, it houses a study collection of natural history specimens.
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  • As one of the largest one-man collections in the world, the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum in Pune is fascinating for its curios and artifacts, ranging from beautifully embroidered textiles to sculptures and antique copper vessels to the swords of the Peshwas. And as you walk through its various sections, history literally comes alive.
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  • Museums, some say, are for those who have a fascination for history. That is true to a certain extent but there also are museums which are delightful for the curiosity they generate and the way in which they offer a window to how people before our times lived. One such place is the Central Museum at Nagpur which is 150 years’ old. And what makes it a perfect tourist draw is the huge and priceless collection of memorabilia it holds.
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  • Re-visiting the past can always be a fun-filled exercise. Not only because it opens a window into our ancestral lineage but for the rich tapestry of information it yields, thereby enhancing our knowledge of a country, a particular region, of the lives led then, of cultures, and society in general. This is what you experience at the Town Hall Museum in Kolhapur which, in particular, has relics of the Brahmapuri settlement and paintings and portraits of some of the best known artists of the country
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  • Have you ever thought that a note of Rs 100 or a coin of Rs 5 may actually have a lot of history behind it? But yes, the currency in India has several interesting facets to it and this is amply illustrated at the RBI Monetary Museum in Mumbai which offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of money beginning from the time when emperors used gold coins to the current trend of e-money. 
     
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    Mani Bhavan was the focal point of the political activities of Mahatma Gandhi during the years 1917 and 1934. This building had witnessed the four-day fast conducted by Mahatma Gandhi back in 1921, to restore peace in Mumbai. It was in Mani Bhavan that Gandhiji started his association with 'charkha' or spinning wheel. The initiations of noted agitations like the Civil Disobedience, Satyagraha, Swadeshi, Khadi and Khilafat movements took place in this historical building.
    Mani Bhavan, the memoir of Mahatma Gandhi takes us back to the political struggles and agitations led by Mahatma Gandhi, which culminated in the independence of India. Hope this article familiarises you with this great monument.
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    Taraporewala Aquarium India's oldest aquarium and one of the city's main attractions. It hosts marine and freshwater fishes. The aquarium is located on Marine Drive, Mumbai.

    It was re-opened after renovation on March 3, 2015. The renovated aquarium has a 12-feet long and 360 degree acrylic glass tunnel. Another attraction is Touch Pool which is only for exhibition and not for handling of fishes though it is harmless to children, it is harmful to Aquatic Animal. The fish will be kept in large glass tanks, which will be lit with LED lights.

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Musuems - Destination


  • If ever a window was required to peep into the fascinating world of art and antiquities, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, at Mumbai, would be the right place to visit. The museum has a representative collection of various forms of art from the Indian subcontinent and also to a certain extent works of art from China, Japan and European countries. Additionally, it houses a study collection of natural history specimens.

    READ MORE
  • As one of the largest one-man collections in the world, the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum in Pune is fascinating for its curios and artifacts, ranging from beautifully embroidered textiles to sculptures and antique copper vessels to the swords of the Peshwas. And as you walk through its various sections, history literally comes alive.

    READ MORE