A lot of contemporary galleries in Mumbai don’t charge a penny – visitors are welcome to explore the spaces – a concept followed by the top galleries and museums in London {The National Gallery and The TATE Modern}. Here’s our list for the art galleries that are free to enter: happy exploring!

Jehangir Art Gallery

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Photo source: Jahangir Art Gallery

Founded by Sir Cowasji Jehangir and opened to the public in 1952, Jehangir Art Gallery is in the heart of South Bombay – Kala Ghoda in Fort. It hosts a lot of contemporary art exhibitions and is a two-floored gallery. The first floor showcases a lot of exhibitions. The gallery area on the first floor can often get really crowded, especially over the weekends, so be warned. Right outside the gallery, you can also find street artists selling their artwork and artists who’ll make your portrait under 10 minutes.

To follow the updates on the events and exhibitions organised at the gallery, go here.

#LBBTip: You can often find and interact with the artists showcasing their artwork- and that’s what we love the most about this place – unlike other galleries where the artists are often not present.

Volte

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Photo source: Volte

Volte is the contemporary modern gallery that opened shop in 2009 by owner Tushar Jiwarajka. Housed in Kamal Mansion House near Radio Club, Colaba, Volt is known for its eclectic multimedia installations, exhibitions and a range of events. With an approach of bringing quirky and bizarre art via the medium of exhibitions, Tushar has managed to curate and showcase video stills like that of South-African artist and filmmaker, William Kentridge and his classic film – Refusal of Time. Find installations by Ranbir Kaleka, Wim Delvoye {a Belgian neo-conceptual artist} among other renowned artists. Volte definitely fuses well with SoBo’s burgeoning local art space and we recommend going here to check out the eclectic installations.

Chatterjee and Lal

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Photo source: Chatterjee and Lal

Chatterjje & Lal is possibly one of the best art galleries in Mumbai located in the art district of Colaba. The space is founded by the husband-wife duo of Mortimer Chatterjee and Tara Lal, who have left no stones unturned to make this space a creative contemporary hub. Though it’s just one single room where the artwork is presented, they are known to push for outrageous and in your face contemporary art. Nikhil Chopra, a renowned artist dabbing in live art, photography, installations – opened his first show, Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing Series here – which then took him to Tokyo, London and further on. Apart from this, they’ve featured Rana Dasgupta, Minam Apang, Rashid Rana among other talented artists – with a focus to support and push more and more Indian artists.

The Loft

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Photo source: The Loft

This tiny art gallery in Lower Parel is a contemporary art space, organising and showcasing art installations, exhibitions. Bang in the middle of all the raging offices and industrial mills of Lower Parel, The Loft offers a fresh wave of culture to people looking to do something apart from eating out or shopping. They showcase international and Indian artists, and also do aesthetically pleasing installations for visitors to enjoy.

Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

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Photo source: Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

Have always wanted to escape to Berlin, Manhattan and stroll through the gorgeous airy, spacious galleries? Just head off to Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, run by mother-daughter team of Usha Mirchandani and Ranjana Steinruecke. They not only curate international artists like Wolfgang Laib, Sigmar Polke, Kiki Smith but have also showcased young talents of India. Their recent artists include Nicola Durvasala, Gieve Patel {with his abstract take on faces}, Siji Krishnan {who experiments with rice on canvas and with subtle water colours}, and other equally fascinating artists.

Chemould Prescott Road Gallery

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Photo source: Chemould Prescott Road Gallery

Possibly one of the most iconic and reputed art galleries to come to Mumbai – which also provided the impetus to the modernists movement in the art space in India. This includes letting the famous MF Hussein showcase his paintings that were revolutionary at that point of time – is another one our list that lets you enter for free. It often showcases new and upcoming artists apart from the veterans of the Indian art community. Just not this, its decor is simply very New York street gallery-ish – with brick walls and a view of the old-British buildings from its big airy windows.

Tasveer

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Photo source: Tasveer

Tasveer, which translates to photograph in English – is one of the few photography galleries in this country – based out of the Institute of Contemporary Indian Art in Kala Ghoda.

Adding to the diverse art galleries of the art district of Colaba, they organise some spectacular photography exhibitions which has seen the likes of Prabhuda Dasgupta, Raghu Rai {a known face in India photojurnalism space} – to international photographers. The exhibitions are often thematic and have curated the works of Derry Moore, a series called ‘Maharaja’ – documenting the lives of the royals of India to ‘Maharani’s’ of India. If you are a shutter-bug – then don’t miss this one out.

Project 88

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Photo source: Project 88

A boutique studio-like vibe the moment you enter it, Project 88 is minimalist as envisoned by the owner Shree Goswami. It is housed in the space of a century old metal printing press in Colaba, now house to giving the opportunity to young artists to come and showcase their daring, wacky artwork to the audience.

Pundole Art Gallery

Founded in 1963, Pundole Art Gallery has been pushing for the progressive artists group which has dealt with modern India artists like MF Husain, VS Gaitonde, Ram Kumar, Krishen Khanna and others. They have showcased some of the eminent and influential exhibitions like Ghashiram Kotwal, Imprints of the Chola, Sufi, Portrait of an Umbrella, and 88 Oils.

With its spacious area and the ability to showcase multiple artists at one point – it’s easy to browse through even when it gets crowded.

Featured photo source: Chemould Prescott Road Gallery