Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
- Formerly the Prince of wales Museum of Western India
This historical building was designed by George Wittet. The foundation stone was laid by Prince of Wales on his visit to Mumbai in the year 1905. The building was constructed in the year 1914. This building was served as a military hospital during world war I and finally inaugurated in the year 1922.
The design of this building was influenced by Gol Gumbaz of Bijapur. There are elements of traditional architecture include carved stone brackets, jaalis of Rajput Jhrokas etc.
This museum has three floors .
Ground floor is full with stone sculptures , one section is dedicated to Akhnoor Terracottas. Akhnoor is a small town about 19 miles from Jammu.
Wood work of Gujarat ( 18th – 19th Century A.D , Karl and Meherbal Khandavala Collection )
There are tiles from the tombs and buildings of Taipur Amris , Hyderabad , Sindh , Pakistan.
There is a section dedicated to Lord Vishnu with different engraved sculptures s on stone.
Stones used are limestone , Marble, Sandstone & Basalt. These Indian Sculpture are belongs to the period 320 BCE to 1600 CE
There is a section displaying about different arts of Harappan Miniature Pottery.
Section on Nepal displays different paintings of Nepal about Lamaism, Tibet etc .
Rajput lifestyle and there is a section of Lord Krishna.
Sir Ratan Tata Gallery
One section of the museum is dedicated to collections of Sir Ratan Tata. There is a huge collection of paintings of bigger sizes displayed here.
There are collections of old age weapons and a portrait of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
China & Japan collections
Wood block paintings of Japan ( Moku hanga )
One section is dedicated towards European paintings
Colourful turbans are kept which visitors can wear and take photographs. Rs 10 can be paid as a donation to the artists.
Admission fee to the museum
Indian visitors ( above 12 years of age ) Rs 60/-
College students having college id cars Rs 25/-
Children between 5 to 12 years of age and students coming through school Rs 10/-
International tourists above 12 years of age ( including complementary audio guide ) Rs 300/-
International students having college id card Rs 25/-
International child visitors ( between 5 to 12 years ) Rs 10/-
Group travellers ( 25 adults & more ) Rs 40/- ( per person )
Ex defence and Retd . Government officials Rs 40/-
Uses of flash and tripod is not allowed.
Mobile phone ( Photography ) Rs 20/-
Still Camera S , digital camera Rs 200/-
Non professional video camera Rs 1000/-
Note : Inside the museum lighting is not upto the level of photography ( indoor lighting ) and flash is not allowed.
Visiting Hours :
10.00 AM to 6.00 PM ( Open all days except national holidays and May 1st )
This museum is covered as part of one day Mumbai sightseeing program. You will get 30 minutes to visit this museum if you come here under this package.
This article is written by go2india.in team.
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