Prince of Wales Museum Mumbai- Things to know
The Prince of Wales Museum Mumbai is basically known as ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya’. The museum was founded in the early 20th century. It is known to all as a heritage destination of Mumbai due to its fabulous structure. It is one of the great museums in the whole country that is famous for sculptures, artifacts and several ancient artworks. The renovation project in the year 2008 completed that consisted of Hindu artworks such as Lord Krishna artwork, textile artwork and traditional artwork of Indian costumes. The museum also holds many lectures and exhibitions on various topics within the museum. This museum was actually a military hospital developed to be used as children’s welfare exhibitions. Travelers from all over the world come here to explore the ancient arts and crafts preserved inside the museum.
History of Prince of Wales Museum Mumbai
Edward VIII was the price of Wales and the museum was dedicated to him when he made a visit to Mumbai. The idea to build it as a museum was initiated in the year 1904. The Prince of Wales laid its foundation in 1905. The ‘crescent site’ or a strip of land was granted to the museum by the govt. of Mumbai Presidency. George Willet was the architect to design it and created it in 1915 and was then open to the public.
The structure used is of the British era and is one of the city’s best heritages restored. Indo- saracenic architectural style has been used to build it. Islamic and Gujrati design has been combined to create such a fabulous look. English brickwork could also be seen in addition to the above style. The Mughal dome in white color has added up to the charm. The museum is built over an area of 12.000 square feet. There are other small domes surrounding the main dome. Railings, columns and balconies are part of the beautification. The temple has been modified and renewed in the year 2008 and with those new 5 galleries; a studio for conservation with a seminar room has been included. A library is also there inside it. Lush green gardens are seen as a border that is a marked beauty of the museum. Lattice and stone work increase the royalty of the museum. The museum stands in South Mumbai near the popular Gateway of India. It was named after the Marathi Empire, Shivaji. The museum has been divided into 3 parts, namely archeology section, natural history section and art section. Nearby attractions include Elephant caves and Mahakali caves. The museum reveals the rich past and ancient glory of India.
There are innumerable art forms preserved in Prince of Wales Museum Mumbai that hailed from different countries such as Nepal, China and other eastern countries. There are 2000 rare collection of miniature paintings from various art schools and colleges of India. Exhibition takes place in Art Gallery and artists find it a heaven to enjoy such arts from all over the country. Decorative artifacts are there crafted out of metal, wood, ivory and jade that adorn the museum. Archeological artworks too could be found of the Indus valley civilization. ‘Gupta’ and ‘Maurya’ Period remnants are displayed within the museum. This was all about the archeology section. Secondly, there prevails the natural history section that combines collection of various mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fishes and birds. Thirdly, the other section comprised of Indian armor that displays swords, shields, weapon and projectiles of ancient Indian arms. There is also an art Section that hosts oil paintings of European background. Visitors feel excited to discover such paintings from the past era.
The nearby railway hubs are Chattrapati Shivaji Railway hub in Central Railway and Church gate that comes in Western Railway. The museum can be reached after walking for 20 minutes from both these stations. Auto rickshaws or cabs can also be hired to reach there. Apart from these buses are also available from both these railway terminus.
When to go
The visiting hours starts from 10:15 AM in the morning till 5 PM in the evening on all days of the week except Monday. The entry fee to the museum is 30 INR for everybody.