Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai (Bombay)

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Learn about Indian cultural heritage in a refined setting with all the splendor and pomp of the British raj at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, an important museum and cultural center. Established in 1922, the museum holds a collection of around 50,000 artifacts, the vast majority of which pertains to Indian history and the many cultures, societies, schools of thought, and religions that have made the country what it is today. Take time to explore the three main sections on art, archaeology, and natural history, each giving you a taste of an important aspect of Indian national heritage. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya and many more Mumbai (Bombay) attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Mumbai (Bombay) family vacation planner.
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  • This is nothing but the Prince of Wales museum with a new name. While national heroes are interesting in themselves, it;s not a great idea to change names that have a historical background. There are ...  more »
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is one of the famous Indian art and history museum situated in Mumbai. The earlier name of the museum was “The Prince of Wales museum”. The museum buildi...  more »
  • Also known as Victoria Terminus, is a beautiful and imposing structure standing out violently in the streets of the busy Mumbai. Well worth a visit!
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  • The museum is located near the Gate Way of India (Colaba). You have to purchase ticket which is available at the entrance. You are eligible for a discount if you are a student - don't forget to bring your school or university ID card. The museum houses a large variety of art objects. Children will enjoy the section on natural history and another section on arms and armour where armour of Akbar is also on display. Visit to the museum is highly recommended.
  • A very well organised museum which documents Indian history very well. The natural history museum is a must see ! The weapons and painting display is also really interesting and a real joy to learn more about. A photography pass must be purchased to click photographs inside but it is worth it. I wish the entire museum was air conditioned .
  • We weren't expecting much when we stepped in. What blows you away is the size and architecture, absolutely grand and roomy. The sections dedicated to Krishna and Indian miniature paintings are awesome. There's plenty for the kids. Our 3 year old squealed and danced through the natural history section; specially the birds collection is an ornithologist's delight. You will not find such a comprehensive and beautifully preserved collection of Indian birds anywhere else, hats off to the people who have put it together. Very well maintained, far more to offer than the neighbouring Jehangir art gallery. Every section also has some activity to engage the kids. Will go back to cover mlore sections in detail. Whatever else you do, don't miss this. A good itinerary would be to reach VT early, take a double decker to the museum, stroll around Kala ghoda, art gallery and university buildings and finish it off with a sumptuous, heavenly thali at Chetana's just across the street.
  • Great place to visit. Entry is not very expensive and there are discounts for students. Many interesting things to see, but you need to get a pass for taking pictures. There's often some interactive make-your-own stands set up where you can make coins, bookmarks, greeting cards or prayer cloth. The museum shop near the main building entrance also has many nice souvenirs.
  • The building was initially built as the residence to the Prince of Wales who visited India in 1904. After his departure, the building was turned into a museum to promote the arts and crafts of India. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay is one of the largest museums in India and is known for its extant collection of artifacts and archeological findings that provide a view of the country’s history.