Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Bhau Daji Lad Museum formerly known as Victoria & Albert Museum is the oldest museum in Mumbai built in 1872. This is the place where you can find great archaeological relics, maps and photographs that relate directly to Mumbai's history. The idea of building the museum at Byculla was proposed by Victoria gardens and the Museums committee.The Committee members of the Museum Dr. Bhau Daji Lad and Jagannath Shankarseth wanted to build it as a mark of respect to Queen Victoria.

It was originally named as 'Victoria Museum' and after the demise of her husband, the name Albert was added to it. In 1973 it was finally named after Dr. Bhau Daji Lad. The museum is a rich repository of some the most valuable articles relating to Industrial and Agricultural interest.

Among the cherished collections worth a peek are clay models, costumes, finely wrought silver and copper ware etc. You can also find different types of metal lamps, bidri and lac work, porcelain art, sandal and ivory art, arms and ammunition from the 16th century. The museum has some of the rare photographs of old Bombay and evidences from colonial past of India.

You could plan a visit to the museum on any day from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm, except on important public holidays when it is closed.

Please Note:
Wednesday Closed
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