Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai
Built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture to honour king George V's visit to India. It has 3 main sections: Art , Archealogy , & Natural History. It has a fine collection of Chinese Jade pieces, oil paintings & miniature paintings.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalya formerly Prince Wales Museum of Western India as tells the phamplet you get with the audio guide to the museum collection. The guide is available in Hindi, Marahti, English, French, German, Japanese an is included in the 300 Rs. (something more than 5 €) of the entrance fee.
It houses pieces of work from many periods covering India's history and giving a sort of whole shot of the Indian art from the Harappa with artifacts dating back to 2000 BC to the present and it also presents pieces of Tibetan and Nepali art. Then it boasts a remarkable collection of miniature paintings of different art schools of India.
In front of the Prince of Wales Museum there is the National Gallery of Modern Art with its more than pleasant three floors of exibition of contemporary pieces of work by the best known still living artists.
Opened in 1923, the museum is widely recognized as one of the 20 best museums in the world. Its impressive architectural style is Indo-Saracen with an imposing central hall topped by a huge dome.
During your visit, enjoy viewing exhibits spread over two floors including artefacts from Elephanta Island, terra-cotta figurines and a fine collection of Mughal miniatures.
The best part of the museum is the statue room of the Hindu gods right off the main entrance hall.
It was not one of my best days, as I did not have it in me to tackle the whole museum.
The audio guide that comes with the 300 Rs admission is excellent - actually otherwise you are lost.
Beautiful structure, needs restoration, but I like it this way.
This is pic at Maheraamuthi Sculpture at Prince Wales museum.
Its made by red stone , collected from Madhapredesh, 10th Century AD.
Same section can see big Nandi(Bull) from 6th century.
And big Mahadeva replica,from Mumbai,its from Mid 6th Century AD.(Pic are at my Travalogue)
One side can see, small Sculpture collection,showing the histry of Buddha or from its previous existence 1st -3rd century .Its very minute small pieces,looks like miniature models :).
There was also big mahadeva replica,from mid 6th Century.
I liked this sectiong very much,ehheeeh so clicked many pic in this hall:)
PS:I find Museum shops is very good for buying cards.I can't belive ,beautiful handmade cards, at good price .:)bunch of 6 cards for Rs 45.Price was so reasonable.
This nice colonial museum has some collections of Art , Archealogy , & Natural History. Was built to commemorate the visit of King George V.
I din't go in, as it was closed when I visited, but I can say it has some wonderful gardens outside and the building is really interesting too.
This museum was the first "sight" I visited in India. After securing a train ticket, I came to the museum, thinking that being indoors (out of the heat) and in a controlled environment would help ease my transition to the country. I was partly right ~ the building has minimal air conditioning/air flow (it's quite humid and made me wonder about the conditions of the works being displayed inside), and I was followed throughout my afternoon (br alternating groups of young schoolgirls ~ very cute! ~ or not-so-young men ~ less cute).
Still, the collection of miniature paintings is superb here. It was the focus of what I looked at, and I was not at all disappointed. The main gallery is also breathtaking, as itopens up through the other floors to the domed ceiling.
I didn't think to take a photo until I was leaving, and by then it was beginning to turn dark, so it's a poor example of the architecture.
Barely a stone's throw from the Gateway of India is the Prince of Wales Museum, a magnificent, but somewhat strange structure, built in a confluence of Gothic and Moorish styles, and crowned by a sparkling white dome. It boasts a good collection of ancient Indus Valley artifacts dating back to 2000 BC, plus some priceless Tibetan and Nepali Art. There is an entire gallery devoted to Buddhist tankha scrolls and another to Tibetan bronzes, but the chief attraction here is the collection of over 2000 miniature paintings from the various art schools of India. Next to the Museum is the Bombay Natural History Society, which has an extensive collection of local flora and fauna.
The second floor has a large collection of far eastern art with loads of Chinese and Japanese pots and plates, furniture and snuff bottles.
In the other wing of the museum on the first floor lie a large collection from Nepal and Tibet. Pieces include several bronzes, paintings and coins.
These are some beautfully decorative 19 century ivory boxes and figures displayed in a small narrow gallery beside the miniature paintings on the first floor.
Inside the Museum is a fine collection of bronze and marble statues with Hindu themes, of course. Our guide explained to us the mythology behind many of them.
This is a museum situated on the Bombay Island to the south of Mumbai. The museum is excellent to learn a few things about India. The entry fee for the Non Indians is a little more than Indians.
in the museum of the prince of wales,in bombay,you can admire ganesh,the god with an elephant head