The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum opened to the public in 1857 and is Mumbai's oldest museum. It is the erstwhile Victoria and Albert Museum, Bombay, that showcases the city's cultural heritage and history through a rare collection of fine and decorative Arts that highlight early Modern Art practices as well as the craftsmanship of various communities of the Bombay Presidency. The permanent collection includes miniature clay models, dioramas, maps, lithographs, photographs, and rare books that document the life of the people of Mumbai and the history of the city from the late eighteenth to early-twentieth centuries.
The Museum, once in a derelict condition, underwent a comprehensive five-year restoration by INTACH supported by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation. The project won UNESCO's international Award of Excellence for cultural conservation in 2005. The Museum re-opened in 2008 with an extensive exhibition programme and is committed to promoting contemporary art and culture.
The Museum hosts an extensive exhibitions programme which explores the importance of the collection and includes a strong focus on contemporary art and culture. A series of curated exhibitions titled, 'Engaging Traditions,' invites artists to respond to the Museum's collection, history and archives, addressing issues that speak directly to the traditions and issues that underlie the founding of the Museum, yet evoke the present by challenging orthodoxies and questioning assumptions. Several distinguished contemporary artists have participated in this programme such as Sudarshan Shetty, Jitish Kallat, Atul Dodiya, L. N. Tallur, Ranjini Shettar, Sheba Chhachhi, CAMP, Thukral and Tagra.
The Museum has partnered with international institutions to showcase artists and exhibitions including the Victoria and Albert Museum, British Council, British Library, Dresden State Art Collections, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Ermenegildo Zegna Group and Guild of the Dome Association in an effort to facilitate international cultural exchange. The Museum has expanded its curatorial initiative to invite external curators, institutions and organisations to present exhibitions related to the focus areas of the collections.
The Museum's education and outreach programme aims to build and diversify the Museum's audiences, encouraging repeat visits and engaged participation with its permanent collections, contemporary exhibitions and activities. On offer is a rich selection of programmes including film, music and courses and lectures on history of art focused on providing stimulating, participatory experiences that respond to different age, interest and language groups, and recognize a diversity of backgrounds. These experiences are aimed at encouraging critical engagement with Mumbai's history, art and cultural developments.
Free Public Tours
Free public tours are conducted every weekend by a member of the curatorial team. The tour covers the history of the Museum, its architecture, and highlights of the Museum’s permanent collection, history of Mumbai and ongoing special exhibitions! Free Entry for MCGM employees (with valid ID card), MCGM school children, Press, NGOs, visitors with disabilities. * Entry Tickets are required for all public programmes at the Museum.
Every Saturday and Sunday
11:30 am to 12: 30 PM – English
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM – Hindi/Marathi
For school and other group bookings contact [email protected] or +91 22 2372 1234
Thursday to Tuesday, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.
Last ticket sold at 5.30 pm.
Closed Wednesdays and certain public holidays.
Access to the Plaza is through the Museum entrance only.
Towards Veer Mata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan (Rani Baug)
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Central Line - Byculla (East) Station, 2 mins walk
Western Line - Mahalaxmi Station, 10 mins by taxi via Jacob Circle
Harbour Line - Reay Road, 5 mins by taxi, 10 min walk
Pay-and-park facilities are available within the compound for 2 wheelers, cars and buses.
Visitors with Disabilities
The Museum is wheelchair friendly. The Museum and Plaza may be accessed by ramps, with hydraulic lift to access the first floor.
The Museum Shop supports traditional craftsmen and NGOs and has a unique selection of gifts, many of which have been inspired by the Museum collection. On display are Museum inspired mugs, bags, postcards, puppets, diaries and magnets as well as traditional products like paper mache, bidri, shawls and bronze statues. A wide range of coffee table books, artist monologues and publications on Mumbai are also available
Visitors have the opportunity to relax and take a break whilst exploring the galleries or enjoying a performance. Overlooking the open, green environment of the Plaza, the Museum Cafe offers a wide selection of specialty teas, coffees, snacks, cold beverages and Wi-Fi.
The Museum endeavours to make every visit a special and memorable one. We hope you will assist us by following the rules while on the premises.
Please cooperate with Museum staff and security personnel to ensure your safety.
Deposit large bags, backpacks and water bottles at the counter.
Take care of your belongings and accompanying children.
Note the Museum’s established photography guidelines, listed below.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the Museum premises.
If you need to attend to a phone call, please step out of the Museum galleries so as to not disturb other visitors.
No outside food or beverages are allowed inside the Museum premises.
No weapons or flammable items are allowed inside the Museum premises.
Chewing gum, gutka or paan is not allowed inside the Museum premises.
Museum visitors are permitted to take photographs only for personal and non-commercial use.
Photographs taken on the premises cannot be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever.
Visitors may take photographs in the Museum’s permanent display galleries and the Plaza without the use or aid of a flash, tripod or monopod.
Video and the use of movie or film cameras is strictly prohibited.
Please show consideration for the experience and privacy of other visitors when taking photographs.
Do not take photographs of other visitors, staff, administrative offices, INTACH Conservation Lab, INTACH Documentation Centre, Special Exhibitions Gallery, Special Project Space and Education Centre without prior permission.
Photography is not permitted in the Museum Shop for commercial reasons.
Any enquiries relating to press, the use of images for publication and commercial filming and photography should be made to +91 22 23731234 / 65560394 or by email to [email protected]
The Museum is under CCTV surveillance.The Museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs of objects in its Collection
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