Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya formerly known as "The Prince of Wales Museum " Its website is really good to visit for complete Information on everything from visiting hours, Its collections and every thing. Visiting this museum needs atleast 4-5 Hours if you want to give complete justice to it. Best way to go around is taking Audio description about this Museum, which I did not do as it was my first visit to this Museum and I had just 2 hours with me. And just because of that I had to skip few best collections of this Museum and rush around as this Museum closes at 6 in the evening and I entered after 3, I wish I had more time. Will visit this Museum again in future if I get some more leisure time.
This Museum more than 50k collections and difficult to count really. the Museum installed two new galleries, displaying the "Karl and Meherbai Khandalavala collection" and "the Coins of India". I have added few Pictures here in this review and rest I am adding in travelogue. I hope you enjoy my Pictures.
This museum was formerly known as Prince Wales Museum was constructed to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales in Mumbai. Situated at a stone’s throw from Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum is a weird blend of Gothic and Moorish architecture. The museum has a rich collection of ancient Indus Valley artifacts along with Tibetan and Nepali art. I visited this gallery on last Thursday when I was able to view some of the masterpieces of Buddhist tankha scrolls also Tibetan bronzes.
I was most impressed with the sprawling collection of 2000 miniature paintings from the various famous art schools of India. Also Bombay Natural History Society is adjacent to it where I viewed an extensive collection of local flora and fauna. The central hall an introductory collection but don’t just stop there as this museum has a plethora of monuments to be viewed. From beautiful sculptures of Hindu deities to Maratha weaponry the museum offers an array of masterpieces from round the country.
The Museum was formerly the Prince of Wales building, with a statue of him in the grounds.
Entrance costs. 300 rupees which includes an audio guide lasting 45 minutes.. I found the guide which highlights 38 displays explained the various gods and goddesses clearly, so that I began to get an idea of the Hindu religion. There are 30,000 ancient artefacts from India and Nepal.The miniature paintings on the first floor were a great attraction, and myths and legends were interesting. On the upper floor was china and glass from various eras, and Western art donated by various patrons. Some of these were by well-known old masters and I enjoyed the collection
Use of video cameras and flash inside is not allowed.
However, there are a few statues in the gardens.
Entrance from 11.00am to 5.30pm from Tuesday to Sunday.
The Victoria Terminus or Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus as it has been renamed was built in 1888 after taking 10 years to complete and is considered to be one of the finest stations in the world for its architecture. The façade of the of the building is covered with sculptures of birds and animals, along with lovely stained glass windows, domed arches and pillars.