This museum definitely qualifies as one of the hidden gems of Mumbai, because quite a few Mumbaikars themselves dont know about the place. This place got renovated between 2000-2009 and in my opinion deserves to be visited if you want to know about Mumbai's history. Did you know that this place is the third oldest museum in India? Right after Kolkata and Chennai Museum or that its history is linked indirectly to America's civil war.. because the donors of the museum were large cotton traders who got monopoly on the cotton trade because during the civil war the supply from America to Europe completely stopped. There are also old Mumbai maps displayed on the first floor of the museum.These are gems of history which i got while attending the free museum tour which happens every saturday and sunday.
The Museum has also got very active in terms of organising events/ activities for kids and youngsters. So try and check out the museum calendar on its website/ facebook events before coming here.(which are very nominally charged) For instance I got my son here during the museum's treasure hunt activity which he really enjoyed. You will need 1-2 hours to browse through the museum. I would recommend joining the guided tour because that gives you perspective on the artefacts kept there.
Museum has also a nice cafe and curio shopt at the back of the museum, also check out the iron made intricately carved fountain at the Museum's backyard.
Don't forget to check out the stones kept outside the museum which marked the end of the Mumbai geography at one point of time.
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