Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum is situated in Byculla east and is one of the oldest museums of the city. Its former name was Victoria and Albert Museum. The museum is house of historical photographs of Mumbai, several Archaeological findings, clay models, maps and copper and silver wares. The Kamalnayan Bajaj Mumbai Gallery in the museum tells out about the origin of the city and how it had developed over the years. You can see various documentations made on the lifestyle of the people, their games, and occupations etc of the 19th century which have been preserved here. You will also get to see many Indian regiments of that period being displayed in the gallery. In the Founder’s Gallery you will find the portraits of those extraordinary men who dedicated their lives to build up this museum that we see today. This gallery is meant to pay respect to those great souls who have gifted this museum to all of us. Then you have the 19th century paintings gallery and origins of Mumbai gallery. Another attraction is the Museum Plaza which was opened here in 2012 mainly for recreational activities.
This first museum in Mumbai was established in 1855 by Lord Elphinstone and was named as the central Museum of Natural History, Economy, Geology, Industry and Arts. Later on the museum was closed down and then in the year 1862 the construction of the present building that we see today in Byculla started. In 1975 the museum got its new name and came to be known as the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum.
The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum is easily accessible by bus and also by local train. The museum also has parking facilities for the vehicles.
Things to do and see in and around
You can take some lovely photographs of the collections displayed in the museum. The museum shop is a must visit here from where you can pick up some exquisite collections of the place as token of love for your dear ones.
The shop offers you with lovely collections of paperweight clocks, fridge magnets, coasters, t-shirt and many more. After exploring the museum you can relax in the museum café and munch on some snacks and beverages.
Opening/Closing Timings and days
The museum remains open from Thursday to Tuesday from 10am to 6pm. The museum is closed on Wednesdays and on specific public holidays.
Best Time to Visit
Choose the months of November to February to visit Mumbai and enjoy exploring the city.