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Mahatma's Teachings To Ancient Indian History: 6 Places To Visit In Mumbai If You're A Museum Person

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From great architecture to quaint and charming interiors, the history that rests within each of these museums has something that pulls us in. Museum subjects vary and can range from a history of money to fine art and much more. When in Mumbai, make sure you visit them and cross them off your list.

Mani Bhavan

If you’re a fan of Indian history, you’ve gotta check out this museum that depicts Mahatma Gandhi’s transition from a child to an adult. Walk into Laburnum Road (Grant Road) and along a row of colonial- structured buildings stands the large brown and white mansion that pays homage to Gandhi. The ground and first floors are massive libraries containing books that were owned and read by him, as well as relevant tomes which the museum has collected over time. The first-floor houses copies of correspondence between Gandhi and personalities such as President Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, pages from his journals and front page newspaper clippings from the time of his assassination. 

Don’t miss: Letters to Adolf Hitler and Franklin D Roosevelt, the library

Entry Fee: Free of cost

Visiting Hours: 10:30 AM to 6 PM

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Sangrahalaya / Prince of Wales Museum

Situated in Colaba, this dramatic Indo-Saracen building at Kala Ghoda, is one of the finest museums in the country, housing about more than 50,000 artefacts and has a great collection of sculptures, terracotta’s, bronzes, excavated artefacts from the Harappan sites, Indian miniature paintings, European paintings, porcelain and treasures from China, Tibet and Japan and even a Natural History section. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum was named for the Maratha hero who freed the region from Mughal control. 

Don’t Miss: Miniature paintings, decorative art objects, oil paintings, Buddhist artefacts

Entry Fee: INR 70 (adults), INR 20 (children)

Visiting Hours: 10.15 AM to 6 PM

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Right next to the Byculla Zoo, this architectural marvel (formerly known as the Victoria & Albert museum) is the oldest museum in the city. The Victorian structure is a masterpiece in itself, with wrought iron arches and columns, a beautiful chandelier near the entrance and a romantic vibe of times gone by. You’ll find relics from all over India and across countries here, including clay models, maps, dioramas and photographs of life in Mumbai from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. 

Don’t Miss: Mumbai history, models of traditional games, courtyard that’s full of statues

Entry Fee: INR 10 (adult), INR 5 (children)

Visiting Hours: 10 AM to 5:30 PM. Closed Wednesday.

RBI Monetary Museum

Situated in Fort, Mumbai, RBI’s monetary museum is the perfect place to be if you’ve loved collecting coins as a kid and are still fascinated by it. The museum sees a majority of school kids, but anyone is welcome to visit. The first section explains the concept of money and how it evolved from barter to coins. A walk in the museum will help you discover the history of money in India and the world.

Don’t Miss: Panam coins, Indo-Greek coins, Tughlaq coins, paper money

Entry Fee: INR 10

Visiting Hours: 10:30 AM to 5 PM (all days except Monday)

Nehru Science Center

Located in Worli, it is the largest interactive science centre in India, with more than 500 interactive science exhibits on various topics. You must check it out if you’ve always loved science as a kid. They have 3-D shows on topics like the human anatomy, science shows and exhibitions, workshops for students and teachers and even seminars. 

PS: You can also visit Nehru Planaterium that’s just a few blocks away.

Don’t Miss: Energy model, harmonograph, rising arc

Entry Fee: INR 50, INR 75 (special shows)

Visiting Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM (everyday, including Sundays)

Railway Museum & CST Heritage Museum

Located inside CST station, the entrance to the museum is near the main station entrance. As you enter, you have a chance to view the hustle and bustle of the main terminal from above, sit in a glass-walled tea room and check out colonial-era furniture which is now used for conferences and meetings. You can also get a lesson on the history of the CST clock tower and old telegraph machines. 

Don’t Miss: Architecture, restricted library, grandfather’s clock, telegraph machines

Entry Fee: INR 200, INR 100 for students

Visiting Hours: Weekdays, 3PM – 5PM