- Bombay Natural History Society
- Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
- Nehru Museum/Planetarium
- Mani Bhawan
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Among a long list of museums there are some museums that you cannot give a miss. If you are a Nature lover and passionate about knowing Natural history then you would love visiting the Bombay Natural History Society. It provides observations on natural history and exhibits interesting specimens having a good collection of beetles, butterflies and embalmed reptiles. If you are interested you can become a temporary member of the Society for the duration of your stay in Mumbai.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya earlier known as the Prince of Wales Museum is located in the heart of South Mumbai adjacent to the Gateway of India. As a finest epitome of Victorian architecture in Mumbai, this museum has an excellent collection of rare and ancient exhibits of Indian history and many interesting artifacts from foreign countries.
In the heart of Mumbai there lies Victoria and Albert Museum, now renamed Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Housed in the Victoria Gardens the museum harbors several archaeological evidences, maps and photographs connected with the history of Mumbai.
Another museum that is sure to interest you is the Nehru Museums that hosts a planetarium, art gallery, restaurant, library, cultural center and a 14-gallery exhibit called Discovery of India.
Mumbai also offers all those fascinated with Gandhian ideology and things relating to Mahatma Gandhi, a golden opportunity to visit Mani Bhavan on Laburnam Road. This building exhibits a picture gallery, a 20,000-volume research library and a film and recording archive.
Most of the museums are closed on Monday and hence you plan your visit accordingly. You need to have enough time to visit these museums at length to understand and enjoy the true essence of history, art and culture of Mumbai.