Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is one of the premier cultural institutions in the country.
Mumbai has a string of places for you to put on your itinerary but if you're chalking the essentials, then we'd suggest you to check out a museum which has been serving as a witness to our present existence, since the 1900s.
Situated on the southern tip of Mumbai on the 'Crescent Site', Prince of Wales Museum is a stellar example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Curated to proliferate awareness and sensitivity towards the rich heritage and history of India, over the years this museum has been used for the purposes of education, study and entertainment of the citizens and other visitors.
Established in the early 1900s, The Prince of Wales Museum is a over a century old and was built to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales, Edward VIII. Hailed as one of the premier cultural institutions in the country, now as well, the museum's foundation stone was laid down by the Prince of Wales on 11th November 1905. The name of this museum was later changed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, in the year 1998.
The construction of CSMVS was completed in 1914 but it opened to the public much later in January, 1922. Until then, this venue was utilised by the military as a hospital and for children's welfare exhibitions, during the first world war. The halls of this mansion have items dating back to the 2nd century A.D. and every other month, their collections keep expanding to add to their stature.
This architecturally sound and grand edifice, is also listed as a 'Grade I Heritage Building' and has been awarded the '2010 UNESCO Asia- Pacific Heritage Award' for Cultural Heritage Conservation. So you can imagine the glorious sights which await you here, with a generous serving of divergent knowledge as well. They also host a number of interesting activities you to partake in, like making your own coins at the Coin Gallery and creating digital miniatures at the Indian Miniature Painting Gallery, amidst other things.
Currently, CSMVS houses about 50,000 artefacts and has a staggering spread of sculptures, terracotta figurines, bronzes, excavated artefacts from the Harappan sites, Indian miniature paintings, porcelain and ivories from China and Japan among other valuables. Besides these precious gems, the museum also has a section dedicated to Natural History.
So if you have nose for history and want to sniff around the multifold layers of India's ancient culture and lifestyle, do drop by at this museum.
Location: 159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai
Timings: 10:15 AM - 6 PM, everyday