Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai
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.
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.
It is a mid-Victorian Gothic style building made of stone, surrounded by a beautiful garden. It is named after the Prince of Wales who came to India and laid the foundation for it in 1905. This grand structure houses a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china , a fine collection of miniature paintings and much more. Carefully preserved, the museum is a pleasure to visit, the gardens surrounding the building adding to its charm. Jehangir Art Gallery Adjacent and within the compound of the Prince of Wales museum is Mumbai's premier art gallery. A venue for contemporary arts and crafts from around the world. Prince of Wales Museum.
I have vitited this place a number of times so this time I did not pay much attention as I was having very little time in my kitty. But this place is worth visiting.
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 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.
This is one of India’s best known museums. The building itself is a heritage building, designed in a mix of Gothic and Moorish styles. The museum houses a wonderful collection of art, rare coins and china as well as a priceless collection of some 2000 miniature paintings. There is also a good exhibit of sculptures and ancient Indus Valley artefacts which date back to 2000 BC. Within the collection is a priceless collection of Tibetan and Nepali Art.
This museum is certainly modest by British standards, but nevertheless has a wonderful collection of Indian Art, and a few pieces from elsewhere in South Asia. The building itself is a fine example of British colonial architecture, and outside the museum proper, within a garden area are some fine stone chiseled dieties and statues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now officially known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaf Vastu Sangrahalaya but that's hard for non-natives to say to a taxi driver. I like to start a visit by going to places like this that give a good history of the city. Lots of Indian art in a beautiful 100-year-old building.