What are the best museums in Mumbai?

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Rakhee Ghelani

Mumbai has several museums that are well worth a visit, depending upon whether you favour natural history, astronomy or political history, you might choose to visit one or all of this selection of the best museums in Mumbai.

The oldest museum in Mumbai is the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, previously known as the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Built in 1872, here you will find some rare and interesting archaeological findings, photographs and maps of Mumbai from ancient times. The artifacts housed in this museum are renowned across India.  You can find the Victoria and Albert Museum in the South Mumbai suburb of Byculla.

Further south in Kala Ghoda is the world renowned Prince of Wales Museum, also known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.  Founded in the early 1900’s this museum is considered by many to be the best in Mumbai, built in Western Indian style the building has Maratha and Jain columns and a dome that is tiled in white and blue with lotus  petals.

The museum has about 50,000 artefacts encompassing art, archaeology and natural history. Aside from its permanent collection, it also hosts a variety of national and international shows throughout the year.

For an insight into the political history of India, visit Mani Bhavan, near Girgaum in South Mumbai. This museum is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, considered the father of India.  It was here that he conducted most of his politicial activities for nearly twenty years. The Museum is now a memorial to his work, and includes a library and collection of photographs documenting his life.

Other museums worth seeing in Mumbai include the Nehru Planetarium in Worli, that is an astrological museum, the FD Alpaiwalla Museum that documents the world of the Parsi Community and the BEST Transport Museum.

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