Museums aren't usually the first option when looking for a way to spend the time, and that's a shame. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad offers a fun and educational way to spend an afternoon that's easy on your pockets. At a price less than fifty rupees, you can tour the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, which holds the title of being Mumbai's oldest museum
Previously known as the Victoria and Albert Museum, just by stepping in, you're transported to a world of the past. Statues are the dominating presence in the main hall. The exhibits of Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum gives you a look into many art forms, whether they're functional or aesthetic. Their collection has pieces from all over the world, especially from the 18th and 19th century. The art pieces are made from a wide range of surprising materials – from coconut to mother-of-pearl.
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum also has exhibits specifically about the city of Mumbai, with models of notable places like The Tower of Silence, and one on the various communities of Mumbai. Contemporary artists also have a space to showcase their work in temporary exhibits.
Whether or not you're a history buff, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is worth visiting, if only to see the gorgeous architecture. Not only is this perfect for adults, kids are sure to get a kick out of a look into the past, too. There are informational leaflets on the side of every exhibit so you can learn in-depth if you're interested in anything in particular.
If you're feeling hungry, you can pop over across the courtyard to the Museum Cafe, which sells a decent range of munchies, from pasta to a sandwich. You should also visit the Museum Shop where you can stock up on fun souvenirs and beautiful coffee table books while supporting the museum.
Yet another reason to visit Dr. Bhau Daji Lad is the number of events hosted by them. Whether it's a film screening or a live performance, each event is the perfect blend of engaging and entertaining. You can find the complete list of events on BookMyShow, so you can plan a perfect trip.
Disclaimer: If the dates for this event have expired, it means that there are no upcoming shows for the same. Dates will be updated once new shows are scheduled by the organizer. Keep checking this space for more.
Image courtesy: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum.