Pack your curiosity & camera! Check out THESE 7 museums in Mumbai for a peek into the past

Pack your curiosity & camera! Check out THESE 7 museums in Mumbai for a peek into the past

Get ready to be enchanted by the city's rich history

From the grandeur of opulent architecture to the intimate charm of cosy interiors, each museum in the Maximum City suggests a captivating story. Whether you're fascinated by ancient coins or captivated by fine art, the city's museums offer a treasure trove of experiences.

So, if you're eager to delve into the historical side of the city, this International Museum Day, we've got you covered, following this year's theme, 'Museums for Education and Research'. Join us here as we explore the 7 must-visit museums in Mumbai, that promise to ignite your curiosity and captivate your imagination!

1. Jehangir Art Gallery

Jehangir Art Gallery is an iconic hub for artists and art lovers since its establishment in 1952. Located in South Mumbai, this gallery offers more than just exhibition spaces. From captivating lectures to immersive workshops, it fosters an environment where creativity flourishes. Serving as a launchpad for budding artists, it's where talent meets opportunity. With its diverse showcases and rich history, Jehangir Art Gallery remains a must-visit destination for anyone seeking inspiration and artistic immersion.

Entry fee- Free

Timings- 11 AM-7 PM

Location- 161B, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort,

2. Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum

Enter the historic Mani Bhavan, where the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi lives on. This unassuming building in Gamdevi witnessed the genesis of iconic movements like satyagraha and swadeshi, pivotal in India's liberation from the British rule. Explore the halls adorned with images capturing Gandhi's life stages, his trusty spinning wheel, and the very rooms where he toiled. Located on Laburnum Road, this museum is home to Gandhi's personal library and intimate glimpses into his correspondence with global figures. Don't miss this untouched corner where Gandhiji spent his moments, a poignant reminder of his enduring legacy!

Entry fee- ₹20

Timings- 11 AM-5 PM

Location- 19, Laburnum Rd, Babulnath, Gamdevi, Mumbai, 

3. BEST Museum

Get ready for a ride through Mumbai's history on wheels! Those iconic red buses dotting the cityscape beckon you on a journey of discovery. Step off at the Anik Bus Depot in Wadala, where a this gem awaits on the third floor. Inside the unassuming setting, the BEST museum unfolds Mumbai's transport saga, from horse-drawn carriages to the sleek BEST buses we know today. Amidst vintage tickets, photographs, and miniature buses, you'll marvel at the evolution of road travel and appreciate the modern conveniences we enjoy.

Entry fee- Free

Timings- 7 AM-5 PM (Tuesday- Saturday)

9 AM-5 PM (Sunday), 7 AM-3;30 PM (Monday)

Location- Third Floor, Anik Bus Depot, Municipal Kamgar Vasahat, Sion East, Sion, Mumbai

4. Nehru Science Centre

Whether you want to gaze at the stars through telescopes, dive into astro-quiz battles, or indulge in celestial poetry, there's something for every space enthusiast at Nehru Science Centre. Delve into India's rich history with the captivating "Discovery of India" exhibit, featuring dioramas and artifacts that bring the nation's story to life. Don't miss the cultural wing's vibrant workshops and seminars on the performing arts. Located in Worli, this interactive science center boasts over 500 exhibits, making it a must-visit for science lovers of all ages. And, this is not just a place for kids, adults can also rediscover the wonder of science, with engaging 3-D shows, exhibitions, and workshops that make learning a blast!

Entry Fee- ₹70

Timings- 9:30 AM- 6 PM

Location- Jijamata Nagar, Worli, Mumbai

5. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Originally established in 1855 as the Central Museum of Natural History, Economy, Geology, Industry, and Arts, Bhau Daji Lad Museum has evolved into a beacon of cultural enlightenment. Located in Byculla, this architectural marvel boasts a Palladian-style design, adorned with Corinthian columns and intricate patterns. Beyond its breathtaking facade, the museum houses a treasure trove of nineteenth-century paintings, maps, photographs, and ivory artworks, offering a mesmerising glimpse into Mumbai's rich heritage and artistic legacy.

Entry Fee- ₹5–100

Timings- 10 AM-5:30 PM (Wednesday closed)

Location- 91 A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, 91 A, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Rd, Byculla East, Mumbai

6. RBI Monetary Museum

Step into a world where coins and notes come alive, recounting tales of emperors, religious symbols, and ancient scripts. From barter to intricate coinage, this RBI Monetary Museum throws light on the evolution of currency in India and beyond. Whether you're a curious adult or a nostalgic coin collector from childhood, the Monetary Museum promises an enlightening experience for all. So, dive into the treasure trove of monetary history, right here in Mumbai.

Entry Fee- Free

Timings- 10:45 AM-5:15 PM (Monday closed)

Location- AMAR BUILDING RBI, Ground Floor, Sir Phirozshah Mehta Rd, Fort, Mumbai

7. Acworth Leprosy Museum

Built within the Acworth Municipal Leprosy Hospital, Acworth Leprosy Museum delves into the saga of leprosy dating back to the nineteenth century. Serving as a testament to over 130 years of healing and advocacy, this underrated Mumbai museum honours the courage of patients and the dedication of healthcare professionals. Located in Wadala, Mumbai, it sheds light on societal perceptions, from fear to empathy, aiming to dispel misconceptions and promote awareness. Here, visitors can explore the timeline of medical advancements and join the journey towards understanding and acceptance.

Entry Fee- Free

Timings- 10 AM-5 PM

Location- 2V95+RGM, Wadala, Mumbai

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