The Oldest Museum in Mumbai

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The Palladian Style Building

Ask anyone who has visited the zoo in Mumbai ( Jijamata Udyaan )  , a clear misnomer in this case , to review it and it will be a mean and ugly picture . Such is the pathetic condition of the animals imprisoned there. While the apathy, that the zoo is a testimony of, invokes anger , all is NOT LOST .

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The grand interiors

 

Within the same complex , there stands a structure which is the oldest museum in Mumbai .  Formerly known as ‘The Victoria and Albert Museum ‘  and  not being able to escape its rechristening , it is now called  ‘Dr Bhau Daji Lad’ Museum. Its successful restoration and reopening has given some of us a glint of hope , that with staunch conviction and the right people at the helm of things , Mumbai can and will hold on to some of its character.

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The Statue of Prince Albert  towering in the main hall

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About the museum :

The Palladian style building with its Victorian interiors is a spectacle. The museum looks grand with its Minton tile floors , gilded interiors and fine embellishments.

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The stairs leading to the first floor and the chandelier just add to the old world charm of this fabulously restored museum.

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View from the top

 

The displays of various communities that inhabited the city , old maps and dioramas give every visitor a glimpse of what BOMBAY must have been like.

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Games of yesteryear
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Diorama of the ‘The tower of silence’ – the burial place of the Parsi Community

 

 

There are life size statues outside the museum , some of which are headless too , that still instill a sense of awe in anyone who takes the time to observe the fine details.

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Statue of Queen Victoria outside in a lawn

 

The audio visual room was a delight and looking at the pictures of the city in the bygone days , when space was not a luxury and the city still breathed , took me back in time

This is a place you do not want to miss .

 

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