For me, art is therapy. Our interpretation of art is usually based on our perceptions and the way we look at the world. In every corner, you will find a piece of art that will have a history to speak out loud to the world. Living in such a vast diversity with a history of kings and queens, eras of discoveries and artifacts around the globe, India has a lot to showcase especially in the museums of Mumbai.
Museums of Mumbai
Our history and works have been preserved in several museums and to experience those, we would recommend you to visit the top five museums in Mumbai we have listed for you.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
The place was formerly known as Prince of Wales Museum of Western India and is one of the famous tourist attractions. With the government support in the early 20th century, it was founded to honor George V, Prince of Wales. You’ll find visitors from all over the place to admire its architecture. There are nearly 50,000 artifacts from India, Europe, Japan, China, Tibet, and Nepal to rest your eyes upon; each holding a special story to tell. The museum has been divided into 3 sections: art, archeology and natural history.
Address: 159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400023
Timings: Monday- Sunday from 10:15 AM to 6:00 PM
Closed on National Holidays
Fees: Adults- Rs.70/-
College Students- Rs.35/-
Children & Students- Rs.20/-
Nearest Railway station: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which lies on Central Railway and Churchgate which lies on Western Railway. If you are traveling around the region, and happen to be in Singapore, you can check out this Singapore to Mumbai flight for a good offer.
The place holds importance due to its involvement in the freedom movement. This two-story building has traces of Mahatma Gandhi from his childhood to adulthood. It has now become a museum, research center, and library. There have been several movements like Satyagraha, Civil Disobedience and more which have been formulated and theorized at this place. It consists of his letters to Adolf Hitler, books, bed, spinning wheel, laathi and so much more. The place was visited by Michelle and Barack Obama due to its popularity.
Address: 19, Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, Laburnam Rd, Gamdevi, Mumbai 400007
Timings: Monday- Sunday from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Closed on National Holidays
Nearest Railway Station: Grant Road Railway Station which lies on Western Railway
BEST Transport Museum
There is no Mumbai without public transport. Every day you will see people traveling from one part of the city to another. It is not just restricted to Mumbai locals but also to BEST buses. These are not the heart of the city but the pulse. Those red bright buses are still considered as one of the best means of transport in a city like Mumbai. It is important to value them and preserve them to showcase our lifeline. On visiting this place, you will come across miniature models, old bus tickets, and wall of black and white pictures of Sunil Dutt, Johnny Walker and Hasrat Jaipuri as conductors. Learn the evolution of everything and experience time travel.
Address: 3rd Floor, Anik Bus Depot, Sion, Mumbai 400022
Timings: Wednesday to Sundays from 9:00 AM to 5 PM
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and National holidays
Nearest Railway Station: Sion Railway Station which lies on the Central Railway Station
The monument was founded to honor Jawaharlal Nehru in the late 19th century. All the astronomy lovers out there, you will not want to leave this place. It is a place to learn and discover astronomy, meet different scientists, scholars and participate in many discussions and lectures. There are several cultural and education programs conducted here, which focus on astro-paintings, poetry, quizzes, study through a telescope and so much more. Visit this museum to understand not just about the discovery of India but about the world.
Address: Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Rd, Lotus Colony, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400018
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed on Mondays and National holidays
Adults: Rs.60/- per person
Children (4-12yrs): Rs.40/- per person
Also, there are several shows which take place inside. Their timings are:
12:00 pm (Hindi), 1:30 pm (Marathi), 3:00 pm (English) & 4:30 pm (Hindi)
Nearest Railway Station: Mahalakshmi Railway Station and Lower Parel Railway Station which lies on Western Railway Station
National Gallery of Modern Art
Art has several forms. We must have seen people standing in front of a painting, gazing at it and generating their own meaning. This museum is known for showcasing artifacts, mummies, statues, and artworks from the famous Rabindranath Tagore, M.F. Hussain, Pablo, and Raja Ravi Varma. You will experience the evolution of art forms from several places of the country like Kolkata, Delhi, Shantiniketan, Chennai, and Bombay. If you are an art lover, we guarantee that you will fall in love with the place. It will not just inspire you but also motivate you.
Address: Sir Cowasji Jahangir Public Hall, M G Road, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400032
Timings: Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 AM to 6 PM
Closed on Mondays and National holidays.
Fees: Free for students up to class 12th
For other– Rs.20/- per person
Nearest Railway Station: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which lies on Central Railway and Churchgate which lies on Western Railway
Today’s generation is not really into visiting museums unless and until it becomes a fad. Make sure to spend some time in these museums.