World ? Asia ? India ? Mumbai

Prince of Wales Museum


Prince of Wales Museum. ũWhatsonwhen
photo Manali Jagtap
Daily; not Mon
Hours: Tue-Sun 10.15am-6pm
Cost: Indian nationals Rs10; foreigners Rs300
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The Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai, now officially known as The Chatrapati Shivaji Museum, stands close to the Gateway of India. It houses a good collection of ancient Indus Valley artefacts dating back to 2000 BC, and has an entire gallery devoted to Buddhist tankha scrolls and another to Tibetan bronzes. The highlight, however, is the collection of over 2000 miniature paintings from the various art schools of India.
The museum was designed by George Wittet, who also designed the Gateway of India, and its Indo-Saracenic style blends elements of Islamic, Hindu and Victorian design. Originally used as a children's welfare centre, later as a military hospital, it first opened to the public in 1922.
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