Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai

Prince of Wales Museum

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About Prince of Wales Museum

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Saturday: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Sunday: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM , Public Holidays: 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM

Prince of Wales Museum, now the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, was found in the early 20th century to commemorate the visit of the then Prince of Wales. Built in 1905 to 1915, this museum served as a Children's Welfare Centre and a Military Hospital during the First World War. In 1922 however, it was transformed into Prince of Wales Museum and was inaugurated by Lady Lloyd.

It was in 1990s that the museum was renamed after the founder of Maratha Empire, Shivaji. Spread across an area of 12,000 sq. m, this museum is ringed by palm trees and flower beds. Inside the museum are approximately 50,000 artefacts like sculptures, coins and more, displayed in separate sections including Art section, Archaeological section, Natural History section and new galleries.

Tourists can reach the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya by boarding trains or buses or by hiring taxis or autos.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  2-3hrs
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1 Video Reviews for Prince of Wales Museum

Kuntala Das

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  • Kuntala Das
  • Lives in Durgapur
  •  86 helpful votes
  •  51 readers
  • Posted Aug 11, 2016
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Ashutosh  Singh

  • Tourist
  • Ashutosh Singh
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 122 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  12 helpful votes
  •  8469 readers

"Prince of Wales Museum"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 5, 2016
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum formerly called as Prince of Wales Museum is Mumbai's biggest and most preeminent cultural site. It was built in 1914 and opened in 1922. This museum was designed by Scottish architect George Wittet in the 19th century under British colonial rule.
It has vast collection of Hindu and Buddhist sculpture, Indian miniatures painting and decorative artifacts from most powerful empires. Located in the heart of the city, it's a must visit place for architecture lovers.
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Sandesh Bhivande

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  • Sandesh Bhivande
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 8 photos
  • 90 Reviews
  •  152 helpful votes
  •  393071 readers

"Must visit to know history"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 9, 2016
Excellent check-in process. Good Baggage counter. Cleanliness upto international standards. Very informative. Specially taxidermy of animal section on ground floor is very much exciting for all age people. Must visit to know history. Senior citizens please carry id proof to get INR 20 discount on ticket price. You should reserve 3-4 hours to watch peacefully.
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Natasha Gomes

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  • Natasha Gomes
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 8 photos
  • 11 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  5282 readers

"3 words - knowledge, exciting and adventures"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 9, 2016
The visit to the museum is something I can't get enough of. The art pieces are so well bifurcated that you can choose which ones you would like to visit. The sections made up during summer vacation for kids is something no one should miss. The interaction and painting games for kids really make knowledge with fun a best time. Apart from this time to time the museum comes with exhibitions of renowned artists and some really good shows which makes once visit worth the time. Really love to be there when ever there are some new events put up.
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Anjali Ganeshan

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  • Anjali Ganeshan
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1975 readers

"Wonderful experience visiting this art museum"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2015
It's a wonderful experience to visit this art museum, antique art pieces, nicely maintained museum at the nominal entry fee. Definitely you would not like to miss it and recommended.
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Rahul Koshe

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  • Rahul Koshe
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  1794 readers

"Worth the visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 24, 2015
It's a wonderful museum in Mumbai, opp Jehangir Art Gallery, very good learning place for kids. They just love it, state of the art collection will not disappoint you, worth a trip with kids and recommended.
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Pravin Ghule

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  • Pravin Ghule
  • Lives in Kolhapur
  • 32 photos
  • 22 Reviews
  •  176 helpful votes
  •  51585 readers

"Explore the art"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 16, 2014
Prince of wales museum is treat to art loving people, take a 3 -4 hour time of a spectacular journey of well preserved art material of historical perspective.
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  • 3 votes

Winston  Dsouza

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  • Winston Dsouza
  • Lives in Udupi
  • 5 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2133 readers

"See unique things"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 1, 2014
Its way of presenting objects are just awesome I saw the whole armour of Tipu sultan and of Shivaji Maharaj and also the old copper coins well secured with cc cameras.
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Bhavesh Jain

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  • Bhavesh Jain
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 5 Reviews
  •  26 helpful votes
  •  11433 readers

"A great place to visit with family"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 29, 2014
A great place to visit with family. Worth a visit.
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Ashok nath tiwari

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  • Ashok nath tiwari
  • 11 Reviews
  •  59 helpful votes
  •  10956 readers

"Good show of Indian heritage"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 11, 2013
Excellent review of historical and Indian heritage can be seen here.
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Nittin Mittal

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  • Nittin Mittal
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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 136 photos
  • 139 Reviews
  •  770 helpful votes
  •  250736 readers

"Place for art lovers"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 8, 2013
Good place for art lovers where you can see old architecture and paintings. The complete tour takes around 2 hours if you read about all the architecture. It is beautifully explained. They also provide with an audio device which has a very poor quality of audio and outdated. So basically it is of no use!
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