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“A little gem in the heart of Mumbai”

Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Ranked #60 of 501 things to do in Mumbai
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

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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Reviewed 3 February 2017

Thoughtfully laid out, lovingly restored, housing a most impressive collection of Indian antiquities and history, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is a MUST visit attraction. Set in vast surrounding gardens (which unfortunately are in a sad state of neglect) this Palladian building with high Victorian interiors is a magnificent example of what can be achieved with hard work and focus.
A wide variety of artefacts are displayed. Classical statues, models, old city and village scenes, so finely crafted and well displayed, compete for your attention
The museum Plaza is a welcoming area with attractions of its own, such as book stores, storey selling, arts and crafts, etc

Thank Alex
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

If you are getting a taxi make sure to drop off at the zoo as there are building works ongoing. Entry is RS. 100 entry for foreign tourists. 1000-1800 but closed Wednesdays. Beautiful building and some interesting items, there is a cafe and small shop.

Thank threehens
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

Those of you who wish to see the cultural treasures of India must make it a point to visit this less known museum. I happened to go there not to see the museum but to visit the handicrafts exhibition being held on the premises. But was I glad I came there! It was a pleasure going through the well maintained museum with very interestingly displayed artifacts. All the arts and crafts of India through centuries are on show on the ground floor. The first floor has figurines showcasing Indian costumes, religions, armies, lifestyles and much more in a very attractive way. The place is specially meaningful for school kids for learning ancient Indian culture and traditions.

Thank Vandana K
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Very well maintained after a decade of renovations. Good presentation of artifacts and a free guided tour over weekend is a plus. Since it is in the Byculla Zoo compound so there is no excuse of not visiting. The museum is small and takes about an hour for a detailed tour. Although we didn't see but audio guide signs were there which can be used for an informed visit. Access wise also it is quite centrally located with many Best Buses stopping at the museum / zoo gate.

Thank abinashjee
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