Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj - Ex Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai

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159/61 Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, +91 22 2284 4484

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    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

    by mehulraj Updated May 2, 2012

    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.

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    Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

    by MalenaN Written Aug 11, 2010

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    Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, which used to be called Prince of Wales Museum, is the biggest museum in Mumbai with excellent exhibitions of sculptures, Indian miniature paintings, some European paintings, artefacts from Nepal and Tibet, porcelain and ivory from Japan and China, weapons and much more. There is also a section with stuffed animals. All together the museum has got about 50 000 artefacts in its possession. It is also worth to take a closer look at the building itself. It is constructed in Indo-Saracenic style by the architect George Wittet. The building was completed in 1914, but it was not until 1922 it was opened up to the public as a museum. Surrounding the museum there is a nice garden.

    Admission for foreigners is Rs 300 (June 2010), but then an audio guide is included in the price. You also get a brochure with a map of the museum. I was allowed to carry my handbag around the museum, but the water bottle had to be left at the security check (I later picked it up on my way out ).

    The museum is open between 10.15 - 18.00 on Tuesday - Sunday.

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    Prince of Wales Museum

    by ranger49 Updated Jan 15, 2010

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    The Prince of Wales Museum, as it was still known when we visited, is set in beautiful gardens planted with palm trees, shrubbery and flower beds . The gardens contain a number of important sculptures, ceramic art and other objects from the museum collection.
    The building was designed in the early 20th century by George Wittet, architect of Gateway to India, in an amazingly,electic style - combining British Gothic/Victorian with Islamic domes and the delicate beauty of Mughal artistry. Its completion coincided with WW1 and I was astonished to learn that it first served as a military hospital before opening as a Museum in 1922.
    We had only 2 hours to spend there; the Museum leaflet had helped us decide our separate priorities so after pausing to admire the impressive entrance hall we went our separate ways - I first to the Upper floor and the collection of miniatures.
    This collection, which included illustrated maunsucripts, was breathtaking; I could see our agreed timetable slipping away and had to leave long before I wanted.
    With only minutes to spare I dashed into the shop,bought a lot of cards with pictures of the paintings and left in time to join John at the exit. It was too short a visit but we both thought it better to concentrate on one or two collections than spend times dashing around the whole without really seeing anything.

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    Prince of Wales Museum

    by Sambawalk Updated Aug 18, 2009

    Prince of Wales Museum is the erstwhile name of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya of Mumbai.

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum has Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Museum is an important cultural and education centre that certainly deserves a visit.

    NOTE: The Admission fees to Prince of Wales Museum for foreigners are Rs300. which is extremely high. See more pics for the price tag. If you want to take picture, another Rs200. (Jun 09)

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    Prince of Wales Museum

    by MM212 Updated Mar 18, 2009

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    Formerly the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai's primary museum is now officially called the mouthful Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. Small wonder locals still use the old name, much as they still call their city Bombay. The Prince of Wales Museum was named after the Prince, and future King George V himself, who laid the foundation stone of the building in 1905. Its inauguration was delayed until 1922 because of WWI when the building temporarily served as a military hospital. The magnificent multi-domed building was designed by the same Scottish architect responsible for the Gateway of India, George Wittet, who successfully blended Gothic, Islamic and Hindu architecture to produce what was becoming the signature style in Bombay at the time, dubbed Indo-Saracenic. The museum houses a rare collection of mostly Indian artefacts.

    Central dome of Prince of Wales Museum
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    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum

    by Preetibandooni Written Apr 1, 2008

    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.

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    Prince of Wales Museum - Armoury

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 16, 2007

    The armoury is located in a small gallery on the second floor and includes swords, daggers, shields and armour. The main attractions of the gallery are Allauddin Khilji's Khanda and Akbar's cuirass with shield, dated AD 1593.

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    Prince of Wales Museum - Miniature Paintings

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 16, 2007

    The story of Indian Miniature painting begins with the manuscript illustrations on palm-leaf in the 10th century. Earliest miniatures on paper come from the western part of India and date back to the end of the 14th century. Even when paper was introduced, the artists preferred to follow the shape of earlier palm-leaf manuscripts and hence are horizontal in format. The style is characterised by angular draughtmanship and the use of direct colours particularly red, blue, yellow, white and black. Jain patrons of the 15th century preferred very opulent illustrations richly painted in gold. About 200 miniatures are on display on the first floor making it one of the best collections in the country.

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    Prince of Wales Museum - Indian Pre & Proto Histor

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 16, 2007

    These pieces have an Egyptian influence about them as they originate from ancient Mesopotamia (modern day Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran). They actually come from the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud and date from the first millenium BC.

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    Prince of Wales Museum - India sculpture Part 2

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 16, 2007

    These are the best pieces of Indian sculpture in the museum. They include pieces from Maharashtra, including the Dvarapala Yaksha dating from the 2nd century BC, Gujarat, including the Garuda dating from the late 11th century AD, and Karnataka, including several 7th century AD pieces.

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    Prince of Wales Museum - India sculpture Part 1

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 16, 2007

    After entering through the main entrance, if you turn to the right and walk down an outside passageway, you'll come to the first part of the museum's Indian sculpture collection. The main part of this collection is held in a large room inside the right wing of the building.

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    Prince of Wales Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Dec 16, 2007

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    This is a must visit museum whilst visiting Mumbai. The Prince of Wales Museum, now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, is located at the southern end of the Fort area, not far from the Gateway of India. It was designed in grand Indo-Saracenic style by George Wittet to commemorate King George V's first visit to India in 1905 when he was still Prince of Wales. During World War I, it served as a military hospital and was formerly inaugurated in 1923.

    The museum's collection is displayed over three floors. The ground floor houses an impressive collection of Indian sculpture dating from the 2nd century BC and Pre and Proto Indian History relief carvings that have Egyptian influences. There is also a large Natural History section. The first floor hosts a large collection of Indian miniature paintings, decorative art in the form of ivory, bronze, jade and jewellery; and a great collection from Nepal and Tibet. The second floor has a large collection of far eastern art with loads of Chinese and Japanese pots and plates, furniture and snuff bottles. There is also an armoury section and two wings full of European paintings. The admission includes an audio tour guide which is fairly good. More photo's can be found in my travelogues.

    Open: 10.15am - 5.45pm Tues-Sun. Closed Mondays. Admission: Rs300 for foreigners and Rs30 for camera.

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    Chhhatrapah Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanggrahaya

    by uglyscot Updated Dec 8, 2007

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    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 museum building the museum grounds statue a buddha information board
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    Mumbai's premier museum

    by M.E.R.V Written Jun 9, 2007

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    The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya was previously known as the Prince of Wales museum. This huge domed building takes up a large land space in the Kala Ghoda area known for its galleries and museums. There is a huge array of historical Indian exhibits and also a collection of paintings from European artist. There are free qudio guides available in various languages which may be helpful. You may also wish to take note that most museums are closed on Mondays.

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    Prince of Wales Museum: Part III

    by atufft Written May 1, 2007

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    Ornamentation taken off old buildings frequently comes to a museum such as this, to avoid damage by theives, vandals, and the harsh monsoon weather of India. There are several wonderful mural sized stone reliefs here, as well as several smaller door lintels and other building ornamentation taken from archeological sites and ruined temples.

    Close up of Relief at Prince of Wales Museum Stone Mural at Prince of Wales Museum Close up of Mural at Prince of Wales Museum Various Fragmented Statues
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