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“A great revived museum.”

Bhau Daji Lad Museum
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A great revived museum.”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

Located in the close proximity of the Zoo at Byculla, this was a neglected monument for long. The renovation & restoration work has been great.
It is named after, if I am not mistaken, the first Indian doctor to pass out from the Grant Medical college & J.J. group of hospitals.
Definiely worth a visit to have a look at the colonial architecture of the building.

Visited April 2013
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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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42 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2013

Museum consist of old mumbai photographs, models of people of different culture, etc.
Close to Veermata Jijabai Bhosle Udyan (Mumbai Zoo).

Visited October 2012
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The first and best museum of Mumbai”
Reviewed 8 July 2013

Unexpectedly, its not as well known as one would suppose considering how lovely the museum is. Restored with the support of INTACH in recent times, the stunning, lavish and gilded interiors of the colonial bungalow in which the museum is housed is worth the visit (entrance for Indians: Rs.10/-; Hours: 10am to 6pm; Closed on Wed). The museum idea was conceived by Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, to showcase the industrial art of the world of which he believed India to be the prime jewel. There is a beautiful white marble sculpture of him with the two muses that defined those times - science and art - in the central hall. The displayed artworks are exquisite and I loved the little descriptions of their history, origin and method that were thoughtfully given alongside. There are also two rooms where audio visuals on the history of the museum and of the city of mumbai are showcased. The upstairs hall is dedicated to a study of rural Indian scenes and Indian culture alongwith a history of the city and the founders of the museum.

If art is your thing keep a generous two hours to slowly saunter, read and enjoy the ambiance. The Byculla Zoo is just next to the museum and although it doesn't have too many animals right now, it also makes for a nice green space to walk around.

Visited July 2013
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“Stunning architecture, small but interesting collection”
Reviewed 18 May 2013

Didn't realise that the BDLM was only 5 minutes in a taxi (well, would have been if he hadn't gotten lost on the way) from my apartment, and glad to know it's nearby as it's such a stunning museum, mostly due to the fact that it's been renovated recently and has been kept in immaculate condition unlike the Prince of Wales Museum.

The museum is stunning both inside and out, took my breath away when I walked inside, and I almost tripped over one of the millions of children that were on days out with their parents thanks to it being national free museum day.

The exhibits range from world treasures (Chinese, Japanese, Indian mostly, but a really good range of interesting pieces well curated), to the history of Mumbai upstairs including a model of one of the dredgers that helped turn Mumbai into the shape it is today.

They also have an exhibition sponsored by the British Council at present called Homelands, worth a look for the death of languages room if nothing else, though expect lots of locals to storm through and not bother to listen as they only want to look at the shiny things.

Visited May 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Cute little gem in a museum starved city.”
Reviewed 10 May 2013

More than the contents the interior of this small museum is stunning. Specially after the commendable renovation work done. On the ground floor various artefacts representing great craftsmanship of India are very informative. Specially bidri work, stonework, sandalwood sculptures, ivory inlay etc are nice. Detailed info about them are also available in multiple languages. the clay models representing everything from Indian village life, various religions, community even Indian regiments are on display ,although many of them are quite inaccurate.but nevertheless interesting. Infotainment for kids. There is a cafe inside. Good for one visit .

Visited May 2013
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