What are the best free museums in Mumbai?

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Rakhee Ghelani

There are not too many free museums in Mumbai unfortunately, but thankfully many of the paying museums are actually relatively inexpensive by Western standards.  If you would prefer to go to one of the free museums there are two to choose from.

FD Alpaiwalla Museum
Located in Kemps Corner in South Mumbai,  the FD Alpaiwalla Mumbai is best reached either by taxi or train.  It was established in 1952, celebrating the colourful Parsi Community of Mumbai. This museum is home to a diverse collection of artefacts and relics, collected both locally and from around the world. The Parsi community originates in Iran, so this museum documents some of their passage across the Middle East into India. Here you can learn about this interesting community that has left such a mark in Mumbai.

The FD Alpaiwalla Museum is open daily.

BEST Transport Museum

Hidden in the suburb of Wadala is one of Mumbai’s most unusual museums. The BEST Transport Museum contains a collection of buses and historic trams. Named after the iconic red buses that transport millions of Mumbaikars each year, the BEST Transport Museum features various models of buses, documents the history of bus tickets in the city and has a range of other transport memorabilia.

So if you have an interest in local transport, then this is definitely the museum for you, and for the record BEST stands for Bombay Electric Supply and Transport.

The museum is open daily and admission is free.

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