We visited this lovely museum on Sunday at 10.45 AM. Tucked away in the middle of the Jijamata zoo gardens, it is an amazing place. The beautiful Victorian building with its superbly restored exterior and interiors are a credit to the painstaking research and hard work of its curatorial team. The colourful Minton tiles and the exquisite ceiling takes one back to the skillful craftsmanship of that era.
The ground floor is divided into functional and scientific crafts and the artistic, decorative display sections- both unique and beautiful in their own way. The first floor is dedicated to the Mumbai city life museum and has clay figurines from diverse communities that made Mumbai their home over centuries. There are also models of Mumbai 's topographic maps and naval craftsmanship.
We were fortunate to be shown around by Komal Chitnis from the senior curatorial team on the scheduled free tour (in English) starting at 11.30 AM on Saturdays and Sundays. Komal was an excellent and enthusiastic guide and so knowledgeable that she made our museum visit even more enjoyable. As we were the only two visitors on the tour, we were honoured to have a private guided tour. Thank you Komal.
Nice open area behind museum for picnic. A cafe, shop and clean toilets available.
Entry fees only Rs 10 for Indians (and Rs 5 for children). Excellent educational museum suitable for all ages.
Highly recommended. Do not miss.
The main gates to the zoo gardens are closed for renovations hence the entrance is via Patanwala road. This needs better sign postings to help tourists to find the museum. Hopefully the main entrances should be open in the next few months.
Very good website with all info.
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