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“Best kept museum in India”

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Designed in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, this dome-topped museum with a blue and yellow stone facade, has art, architecture and natural history exhibits.
Reviewed 15 October 2013

The management comes across as proactive and enthusiastic. There is a change (for the better) during every visit.

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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Loved the ancient sculpture; the exhibit is laid out in such a way as to explain to the visitor both the significance of the various deities, as well as the material used and style of each piece. Be sure to also examine the ancient paintings, prints, and Tibet exhibits. The small collection of ancient coins was also a rare treat. Don't miss the Museum shop for fine copies of artifacts as well and informative books and souvenirs.

Thank Ian K
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

There's no reason that this place could not still be called by its previous name Prince of Wales Museum. The collections are Primarily European although a huge part comes from the Tata collections. The natural history section where you can acquaint your child with almost life-like forms of various animals is worthwhile. The pop shop next to it in the campus is good for trivia buying.

Thank LakshmiCR
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

Having seen a lot of museums in India over the last few years, you feel that you have seen them all - the same dingy surroundings, ill-lit displays, dirty corridors and and visitor-unfriendly facilities. Even the tourist guides were also not too effusive about the museum, giving it just as much space as to the Gateway of India. However, this was a real eye-opener.
Previously known as known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, it is a comprehensive art and history museum, with impressive Indo-Saracenic style of architecture (don't know what it means, got it from the museum website). It has a collection of more than 50,000 artifacts (didn't count them myself) in a spacious location and well-classified displays. The location is at a walking distance from the Gateway or the Leopold cafe, and is bang opposite the police headquarters, though the locals still know it by the old name (and quite a few are completely unaware of its location); you may need ask more than once for directions.
The art collection, especially the one donated by the Tatas is fabulous. The Coin collection, the doll collection, guns and other weapon collection, ancient Indian dresses collection, the Krishna-themed art collection of different historical periods are mind-boggling. The stuffed animal/bird collection is exhaustive and surprised even the more well-read among us. A pleasant staff-member runs the creche-cum-play area (on the first floor right side front corridor, near the coin-collection), where you can leave your toddlers to play, paint and co other activities, while you soak the history. Audio guide is good if you are interested in a detailed description, else informative plaques are available at almost 755 of the displays and you can walk leisurely at your own pace. Don't be pressured into buying mementos from the private shop near the ticket counter, the museum's shop is inside the building on the ground floor, though it does not have as many kitschy items as in the outer one.
Go on a weekday to avoid local families with boisterous kids, who spoil the serene atmosphere and are more interested in running around and shouting, rather than enjoying the displays. Keep one-day in your schedule for the museum, or for the museum+gateway.

Thank Drdm2013
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

Try the Audio Guide, you will feel amazed! The statues they have they are just simple really complex! you have to give it a try, besides the TATA collection is really nice! and good collection of dolls!

Thank Juls21Sgt
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