Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya – A Glimpse of The Fascinating Past Of India

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After spending the entire day at Essel World I decided to take it light the next day by visiting something which is closer and relatively less tiring. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya was the best option.

Located at fort, it was closer to my hotel and being a popular tourist destination, I was intrigued. Thus by having an early lunch at my hotel itself I was set to visit the popular museum.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Prince of Wales Museum) | Image Resource : Tourmet.com

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya or the Prince of Wales Museum, as it is more popularly known is a spectacular sight. Located amidst the busy city of Mumbai it is a very impressive structure surrounded by lush green lawns.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya has collection predating to several centuries.

Like most tourist destinations in Mumbai, this also charges an entry fee for visitor. The entry fee is classified on the basis of nationality; the entry fee for Indians is Rs. 100 while for foreigners it is Rs. 500.

The Museum is amongst one of the finest of India, and display creations and artifacts from all around India. The museum is popularly visited by foreigners also. It offers several facilities such as drinking water and well informed guides who are fluent in several languages.

Sir Dorab Tata Gallery
Sir Dorab Tata Gallery in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya | Image Resource : Flickr.com

The Museum allots only 45 minutes per visit, which was certainly not enough for me. It just allowed me to quickly glance around at the thousands of amazing displays. The museums are primarily categorized into three sectors Art, Archaeology and Natural History. The display at the museum comes with a lot of information which is mentioned across several boards placed near the display.

Swords of Maratha Warriors
Swords of Maratha Warriors exhibited in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya | Image Resource : Wikimedia.org

The museum collection includes approximately 50,000 artifacts. The museum also has a forestry section, which has specimens of timbers grown during the British rule in India. The collections at the museum also include several small local geological collections of rocks, and fossils. It also has a vast collection of “coins of India among its display.

One of the displays which I found really intriguing were the “first of its kind” in India, it displays various objects related to navigation.

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