Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum - Mumbai, India
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum, formerly also known as the Prince of Wales Museum, is one of the finest art and history museum in whole of India. Situated on the southern tip of Mumbai on the 'Crescent Site', the Museum building, a former Hospital, is a fine example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. It displays a mix of India-wide exhibits including impressive Hindu and Buddhist sculpture, terracotta figurines from the Indus Valley, Indian miniature paintings and some particularly vicious-looking weaponry. Well researched information are provided in English and on top audioguides are available in seven languages. Five of the galleries are air-conditioned, offering a welcome relief from the permanent heat in Mumbai. The museums aim is to create awareness and sensitivity towards India's rich heritage through a visitor-friendly museum for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment of the public. The Museum offers a great day out for all its visitors where you can engage with a world-class art collections.
The museum’s mindblowing and vast collections include archaeological finds and artifacts from centuries of civilization in India — the Indus Valley civilization, the Mughal era, and the Marathas to name a few. The museum’s various galleries include sections dedicated to Nepal-Tibet, European paintings, natural history among others. The arms and armor gallery features the personal armor of Mughal emperor Akbar. The importance of the museum has also been enhanced due to the donation of a fascinating art collection from the repository of Sir Ratan Tata and Sir Dorabji Tata.
The museum is interesting because of the wide variety of objects that it houses. There is something of interest for everyone. One of the most visited sections in the museum is the one that displays a thrilling collection of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Of special interest are the Diorama cases which show the birds and animals in their natural habitats. When in Mumbai visit this must-see Museum! Careful, in order to take photos or Videos you need to obtain a special license which you can buy for a small fee at the entrance. On your way out take a small piece of india home with you from the Museum's Shop.