Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai

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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. To visit Bhau Daji Lad Museum on your trip to Mumbai, use our Mumbai itinerary planner.
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  • This is a great museum of the history of the city. The curatorial work of the nineteenth-century style remains today in the dioramas, crystal boxes, colonial narratives. The building is beautiful and ...  more »
  • This is the first museum in Mumbai! It used to be Victoria and Albert Museum. The name was changed after the Independence. It has a collection of old maps of the Bombay islands, models of ships, minia...  more »
  • A Victorian era gem of a building with a recently restored polychrome interior, modeled on London’s Crystal Palace. The museum contains a variety of Indian artifacts and collections including beautifu...  more »
  • Its a small but good museum. Showcasing mostly cultural artifacts. History of Mumbai, older maps and city planning layouts. Religious influences in Bombay. The building is wonderful to look at. The fine details on the pillars, stair and roof are master pieces. There are 2 levels. First floor is more interesting. There are many statues of the British officers and the Queen. Also beautiful paintings and art installations. Photography is allowed if you take a pass for ₹5. Video is not allowed. Entry fee is ₹10.
  • Nice place to explore history. Tickets are quite minimal. Very clean place. And new structures are being created. It's a nice place to visit if history interests you... There is a small canteen behind museum. Don't miss that.
  • This is one of the best museum in Mumbai which touches the aspects of ancient history of India. Hence, it also attracts many foreign tourists as well. It is accessible from Byculla railway station as well as road connectivity is good by bus or cab. The entry fee is very nominal so not an issue as far as what you get to see. However, photography is allowed at no extra fee. Also there are rooms which runs documentary about ancient history of Mumbai if you have interest in it. So good place to visit at least once if you have real interest in ancient history, weaponry, etc.
  • A beautiful and stunning museum that has a wonderful collection and hosts various cultural, art and literary events! It is the oldest museum in the city and was formerly known as the Victoria and Albert museum. Many of the colonial era monuments to the governors of the erstwhile state of Bombay as well as queen Victoria which were originally located at the 'chowks' of the colonial city of Bombay in the fort and Colaba area are today relocated here due to petty political issues.
  • One of the best museums in the country. Has exciting programs for audiences of all ages. The permanent collection is a colonial one and their temp exhibitions are very relevant

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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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