Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai (Bombay)

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Immerse yourself in the history of Mumabi and admire Victorian architecture at Bhau Daji Lad Museum, the oldest museum in Mumbai. Established in 1855 with lavishly decorated interiors, Minton floors and gilded ceilings, the museum houses a collection of over 3,500 old photographs and artifacts detailing Mumbai’s history. The exquisite two story Renaissance revival building built in 1872 as Victoria & Albert Museum features old maps, weapons, textiles, books, manuscrips, pottery and ceramics, metal handicraft and lacquerware. Museum’s lush gardens feature basalt elephant sculpture and a brick clock tower. There is a café and shop. Use our Mumbai (Bombay) itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Bhau Daji Lad Museum and other attractions in Mumbai (Bombay).
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  • August 10, 2017
    The exhibits are not ancient. These masterpieces are the example of western artefacts with Indianism. 19th-20th-century exhibits are kept for a public display. The ground floor holds these artefacts a...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Bhau Daji Lad Museum is my favourite get away place within the city itself. It was restored a few years ago and it's interiors are spectacular, the long arches to the marble statues in the centre and ...  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    So what I like about this museum is that it's not a very serious one with relics from ancient time... things here are from the 1800-1900 era. That means especially for kids... it's easy to relate stor...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    One of the best museums I've been to in a while. The pieces were absolutely incredible, well preserved, and with well-written and informative descriptions in several languages. The building itself was also beautiful and historic. A tip: don't bother going to the cafe, the options are bad and the room is kind of gross
  • June 21, 2017
    This is an amazing place. A must go for every one. After spending 4 hours, we covered just the ground floor. Entire top floor is to be explored yet. Every student must be taken there. Was lucky to attend a programme by natural streets for performing arts there...
  • June 16, 2017
    Bhau Daji Lad Museum is the oldest museum in Mumbai. It is a 2 minute walk from Byculla station, on the east side. The building is built in European style,with high ceilings and Victorian pillars. The imported Minton tiles and the beautiful ceiling takes one back to the masterly craftsmanship of nineteenth century. The museum had a major restoration exercise between 2000 and 2009 Many of the arts and crafts of India are on display on the ground floor. The museum holds decorative metal ware, bronze sculptures, weapons, fossils and ivory paintings.
  • July 1, 2017
    If you want to know about the history of Bombay, then this is the place to be. There is also a zoo adjacent to it. The museum has a cafe too but doesn't serve many dishes. Cafe could have been better.
  • June 20, 2017
    Especially love the Bombay connection of the pieces on display - old photographs and relief maps. Love the galleries where Art Exhibits are given space. Movies and events at the museum are lovely and worth attending.

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In a cramped city like Mumbai, finding a budget hotel can present a serious challenge. Many business travelers and tourists choose to stay in South Mumbai, the oldest and richest neighborhood in the city. Accommodations here put you close to most top museums, restaurants, bars, art galleries, and shops. Proximity to major attractions comes at a premium price, though--not surprising for one of the most expensive cities in Asia. If you plan to visit on a tight budget, look for options near railway stations, but prepare for low-grade rooms and few or no amenities.
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