October 22, 2012

A trip to Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Its been forever since I posted here. I have been caught-up with a couple of things but will get back in the blogging groove from now on, in a regular fashion.

So, yesterday I went to Ranibaug, Mumbai. I have visited the zoo earlier however the museum was closed that day so I visited that.

Image Credits - Outlook India


The museum is called Bhau Daji Lad Museum, previously known as Victoria and Albert museum. Its a small museum but well maintained. Infact, I felt it had a really beautiful interior. With pastel green and golden paint inlaid in ceiling, it takes you back to the Victorian era.

The ground floor of the museum houses some specimens of pottery and craftsmenship from various parts of India and South East Asia. You can see finely carved sandalwood articles, silverware, lacquer work, intricately carved articles of ivory and some pictures made of mother of pearl. Lacquer, brassware, bronzeware, specimens of clothing, some Indian miniature paintings, as well as pottery by students of JJ School of Art can also be seen on this floor. The ground floor is also home to 3 large statues of David Sassoon, Queen Victoria and Lord Elphinstone; and the museum shop.

The staircase to the top floor houses a gorgeous and large chandelier and some kashmiri carpets. The top floor as such is not that interesting. It has some models of the local people and communities found in Bombay, along with their occupations, eg - Kolis. It also has some maps of the original Bombay and its change over the years from 7 disjointed islands to one common landmass.

The top floor also houses an art gallery and I was able to view some art installations there.

 The museum has a small lawn, containing some old statues, however this area is locked hence you can only make out the details of statues closest to the gate.

Overall the museum is quite small, and not that great if you compare it to the National Museum at Delhi but you can visit it and take a ride back in time for a short and sweet period :)

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