Raj Dinakar Kelkar Museum


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Raj Dinakar Kelkar Museum Overview

Ranked 8 of 410 sightseeing in Pune

Raj Dinakar Kelkar Museum houses various sculptures dating back to the 14th century. The three storey building contains the collection of Dr. Dinkar G. Kelkar (1896–1990), dedicated to the memory of his only son, Raja. Ornaments made of ivory, silver and gold, musical instruments, war weapons and vessels also form the compilation of the museum.

Established in 1962 by Baba Dinakar Kelkar and presented to the Maharashtra government in 1975, the museum has 20,000 different articles. All the articles were personally collected by Baba Kelkar from all over the world. In addition to an avocation of the famous Mastani Mahal, the complex also contains research and storage facilities, and the Institute of Musicology and Fine Arts. The museum houses exhibits and artefacts from all over the country, dating back to the Mughal and the Maratha periods.

Collections of the museum also include paintings, nut crackers and Ganpati’s guns, carved palace doors, pottery and a number of musical instruments. Dr. Dinkar G. Kelkar began collecting the items from around 1920. Indian decorative items from everyday life and other art objects, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries, are among the items on display in the museum.

Door frames, vessels, ornaments, musical instruments, paintings and carvings housed in the museum represent examples of their art. Mastani Mahal is an attempt of Raja Kelkar at depicting the palace of Queen Mastani (Wife of Bajirao I) with its remnants. Carving of Lord Ganesha on the seed and idol of Lord Ganesha shown with his trunk towards the left are highlights of the museum.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
9:30 AM -5:30 PM
9:30 AM -5:30 PM
9:30 AM -5:30 PM
Public Holidays:
9:30 AM -5:30 PM

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Vaishali  K

Vaishali K3.6/5

10 reviews

Superb Collection!

One who is interested in history or viewing the collection of our culture cannot afford to miss this place, in fact one should surely come here and have an altogether different experience for themselves! People need at least 3 hours to view the collection available out here.

Mandar Pasalkar

Mandar Pasalkar4.3/5

20 reviews

Walk in history lane

This is a must visit if you have good time in hand.Location - Near Bajirao road. 1 min walk from main road.What to see - You will find all sort of old and ancient stuff as in any museum this one is in small size compare to other you will find around the world. But when you get know this is a private museum you have to give credit to Raja Kelkar.Overall - This is must visit just to recognise the efforts of a single man and his passion.

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Vidyut Maurya

Vidyut Maurya5.0/5

127 reviews

Great collection

Kelkar Museum is a great collection by Raja Dinkar Kelkar in memory of his son. It is in Shukrawar Peth area. You have to get ticket of 50 INR. It is a great private collection from different states of India.
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Naina Thomre

Naina Thomre3.9/5

3 reviews

Superb collection of art

It's a treat for art lovers, nicely maintained museum is always nice to see, nominal entry fee and boom. You are into the world of great art, they have small but beautiful collection of art pieces, from modern art to ancient idols. Definitely must visit once.

Suresh Jhunde

Suresh Jhunde4.3/5

2 reviews

Superb collection of art, I loved it

This museum consists various artefacts, utensils, clothes etc, which were used out in 18th and 19th century. The wonderful thing about this museum is music section, all the instrument which were used in that time are nicely exhibited with the nice background music while we are having look at them. Definitely a worth experience.

Shivam Gupta

Shivam Gupta3.6/5

127 reviews

Go there and get amazed!!

This fascinating museum is one of Pune's true delights. It houses some very quirky objects used in daily life . Must see in Pune.

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