The Prince of Wales museum or Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is a 20th century museum in Mumbai. This museum was built to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales, Edward VIII and thus, the museum got its name.
Where Prince of Wales Museum is Located ?
The museum is located in MG road of South Mumbai. The museum can be reached by hiring cabs or auto from any part of Mumbai. The museum is located near Kala Ghoda and Hutama chowk. Parking is allowed only in Kala Ghoda and Hutama Chowk.
The museum is just 20 minutes away from Chhatrapati Shivaji terminus, which is commonly called as the central railway station. It is also close to Churchgate railway station. There are many buses to the railway station. From the station, you can either walk or hire auto. You can hire taxis from any part of Mumbai to reach here.
Best Time to Visit Prince of Wales museum ?
The museum is at prime beauty throughout the year. The museum is closed on Jan 26th, May 1st, Aug 15th, Oct 2nd and other public holidays. The museum opens at 10:15 am and closes by 6 pm. The ticket counter closes by 5:45 pm.
A show is conducted every day in English and Marathi about the museum and its contents. The film runs for little less than 20 minutes. The show starts at 11:00 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4pm and 5 pm.
Indian adult (Above the age of 12) : INR 80
Foreign adult : INR 500
Children (Above the age of 5) : INR 20 (Indian and foreign)
Museum show : INR 50 for adults and INR 20 for children
Cost of audio guide : INR 50
Camera photo : INR 50
Professional camera without tripod : INR 100
Professional camera with tripod : INR 5,000
Why this Museum is so famous ?
The building is in Indo-Saracenic architecture. The museum has a garden of flower beds and palm trees. The museum has more than 50,000 exhibits of ancient India and from other parts of the country. The museumis divided into three sections- National history, art and archaeology. The museum has artifacts from Indus Valley civilization, Mauryas, Guptas, Chalukya and other reigns.
The building was built using malad stone and basalt. The building is rectangular and is built in Indo-saracenic style. There is an entrance porch, raised dome and cluster of pinnacles. The interior of the building is built in 18th century style. The museum has a library, seminar room, exhibition gallery and conservation studio that were built a few decades ago.
Top collections to spot here are
Art collection of Ratan Tata
11th century palm leaf manuscripts
Sultanate period painting
17th century manuscript of Ramayana
Ivory collection of Gupta era
Armor of Akbar
Ancient weapon, ornaments and measures of Indus valley civilization
Diagrams, charts and other illustrations of various wildlife are found in this section.
Textile manufacturing techniques
Miniature painting gallery
Physical guides are not available. Audio guides are available in seven different languages namely, English, Hindi, Marathi, German, Japanese, Spanish and French. The guides are available at the ticket counter and at the information desk.
History of Prince of Wales Museum
The museum was planned in 1904 and the foundation stone was placed in 1905. In 1909, the museum was designed by George Wittet and in 1915, the museum was built. It was initially used as a military hospital and children welfare center. In 1922, this museum was inaugurated.