The mention of Mumbai may evoke images of the sea, the high-rise buildings, the scrumptious street-food and the vibrant night life of the ‘city that never sleeps.’ Lying beneath the surface of the entertainment capital of India, is a city brimming with a rich historical background. Being centre-stage for many events that changed the very face of India, it boasts of a heritage so vivid, that numerous museums have been set up to document the happenings here. A trip to Mumbai must warrant a visit to these vestiges of history.
- The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Abbreviated CSMVS and formerly named the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, this is the main museum of importance in Mumbai. It is a premier history and art museum that features collections ranging from natural history to Numismatics. It hosts an impressive collection of about 50,000 artefacts, and is especially renowned for the display of articles from personal collection of JRD Tata.
- National Museum of Indian Cinema
India’s first national film museum is a destination that the movie buffs must have on their bucket lists. It traces the evolution of Indian cinema from the age of the black-and-white to where it stands today. Its collection of memorabilia includes recording and film making tools, and interactive touch screens for visitors to watch clips from legendary movies. Other attractions include hand-painted movie posters, and a statue of the beloved Bollywood icon Raj Kapoor.
- The RBI Monetary Museum
This museum located in the premises of RBI Headquarters in Mumbai, is truly one of a kind. It aims to provide an insight into the history and development of coinage and paper currency in the Indian subcontinent. The museum attempts to delve into the field in an interactive and engaging way. It allows visitors to explore unconventional issues, such as the importance of gold, the genesis of RBI, and much more.
- The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Formerly known as the Victoria and Albert Museum, this museum was established in 1855 and is the oldest museum in Mumbai. The museum is famous for its Industrial Arts. One of the main features is the 19th Century paintings Gallery. Apart from this, the collection includes archaeological finds, maps and historical photographs of Mumbai, clay models, silver and copper ware and much more.
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