Victoria & Albert Museum (Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum): Best Museum in Maharashra!

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Victoria & Albert Museum Mumbai (Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum) is a popular and oldest museum in Mumbai. It lies exactly in front of the Rani chi Baug of Mumbai (Victoria Gardens). It is among the best sightseeing spots in Mumbai.

Location: Victoria & Albert Museum Mumbai (Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum), Opposite Veer Mata Jijabai Udyan, Ambedkar Road, Byculla (E), Mumbai, Maharashtra (India) – 400,027.

Best Time To Visit: Tourists can visit this museum all year round.

Timings:  Every day 10:00 am to 05:30 pm. Museum remains closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.

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Victoria & Albert Museum Mumbai Information

Situated amidst lush green gardens of Rani Chi Baug, Dr Bhau Daji Lad is the oldest museum Mumbai. This museum was opened to the public on May 2, 1872, as the Victoria & Albert Museum. The museum was renamed as Victoria & Albert Museum Mumbai (Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum) in 1975 in the honour of his dedication towards this museum. It is certainly one of the best museums in Maharashtra.

The museum has preserved some very splendid artefacts. One can get the glimpse of ancient Mumbai very nicely through photographs in this museum. There are over 4000 manuscripts and reference books in this museum. A huge number of Indian as well as foreign tourists visit this amazing museum to see a beautiful collection of different art objects.

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Museum Collection

Victoria & Albert Museum Mumbai (Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum) hosts the collection of an extensive fine & industrial arts collection from late 19th century to early 20th century. It also has an amazing collection of clay models and dioramas that document the different tribe communities who contributed to the development of Mumbai.  

You can witness over 4000 manuscripts and reference books, a huge number of relics, photographs that expose ancient Mumbai, costumes, beautifully shaped silver, bronze and copper sculptures , ivories, weapons, fossils, archaeological findings and maps which are very rare. Victoria & Albert Museum Mumbai (Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum) hosts a huge statue of an elephant, which was brought over here from the Elephanta Caves. The collections even include  the famous manuscript of 17th-century  –  Hatim Tai.

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History of Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum

The building of Victoria and Albert Museum is present in Mumbai since 1872. When the India was under British rule, it used to display various decorative and industrial artworks. Then, later on, Dr Buist (Collector in MumbaI) suggested transforming the building into the museum. Dr Bhau lad made the plan of the museum building at a cost of Rs. 6000/-. The construction of museum building was started in 1862 and the museum was opened to the public in 1872.

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Architecture

The museum has very beautiful architectural features as well. Victoria & Albert Museum Mumbai (Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum) building is beautifully adorned with gold ornamentations on the corners of the walls, ceilings & railings. The pillars are painted in blue colour which gives superb look to the museum. Museum is built in the Greco-Roman style of architecture. It has very beautifully designed arches, the heavy glass cases and the high painted.

Interiors of the Museum are worth watching as they are very elegantly & beautifully designed. During years of  2003 to 2007, the museum has undergone a major restoration under the supervision of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and financed by the Jamnalal Bajaj Trust. If you have the interest to know the history of Mumbai, this is the place that you should visit. It is a must visit place for anyone visiting Mumbai.

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ESSENTIAL TOURIST INFORMATION

Time Required: 2 hours are sufficient to see this Victoria & Albert Museum Mumbai (Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum) properly.

How To Reach

One can easily reach Victoria & Albert Museum Mumbai (Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum) from any part of the Mumbai city by taxi’s, trains, internet cabs and BEST buses.

  • By Bus: JIJAMATA UDYAN (Rani Baug) is the nearest BEST bus stop to Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Transportation of a lot of buses takes place via this bus stop. BEST bus number 1, 1LTD, 11 LTD, 126, 134, 15, 168 Route 2, 19 LTD, 21 LTD, 22LTD, 51, 65, 67, 69 and many other buses takes halt at JIJAMATA UDYAN.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Byculla station on the central railway, Mahalaxmi station on the western railway and Ray Road on Harbour railway are the nearest stations to reach the museum. It is10-15 minutes walking distance away from Byculla station.
  • Nearest Airport: Mumbai airport is the closest airport to reach this museum. Cabs are easily available outside the station.

Ticket Charges: Victoria & Albert Museum Mumbai (Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum) entry fees for various persons is as below:

Sr.No. Category Amount/Person (Rs.)

1

Children (Between 5 to 15 years)

5/-

2

Indian Adult (Above 15 years)

10/-

3

Students

2/-

4

Foreigners

100/-

Phone Number: You can contact museum authorities on +91 -022-2373 1234.

Eating Stuff: There are many restaurants nearby to grab a bite. Museum also has its own café that serves decent food items. Café free India, Persian Darbar, Baroke, Gloria Restaurant are some of the good restaurants near the museum.

Staying options: There are a huge number of hotels are available in Mumbai fitting to all budgets. 

Nearby Attractions:

Official website:  www.bdlmuseum.org is the official website of Victoria & Albert Museum Mumbai (Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum).

This museum is a must visit spot in Mumbai due to its collection and architectural features. A large number of tourists flock to this museum every year.

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