Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Overview

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Earlier referred to as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) is one of the top cultural museums in India. The foundation stone of the museum was laid in 1905 by the Prince of Wales, and on 10th January, 1922, it was opened for public. The museum was renamed in the late 20th century after Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire.

The museum boasts of a voluminous collection of artefacts and to display them in order, it has been divided into three sections- Art, Archaeology and Natural History. Each of the 50,000 art and historical objects that belong to ancient India is a proud possession of the museum. Worth-mentioning among the items showcased here are artefacts from the Harappan sites, terracotta objects, bronze sculptures, Indian miniature paintings, European paintings, and porcelain and ivories from China and Japan. In addition to these, there are exquisite statues of Shiva and Bahubali, fascinating Mughal jewellery box, folios of Ramayana and old Songtsen Gampo.

Built in brilliant Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, this museum itself is a sight worth beholding. The presence of a beautiful garden area, towering palm trees and flower beds in the surroundings add to the beauty of the museum.

  • Opening Closing Time 10:15 am – 6 pm (Tuesday – Sunday)
    (Last admission at 5:45 pm)
    10:15 am – 5:30 pm (Monday)
    Open all days, except 26th January, 1st May, 15th August and 2nd October

  • For Kids

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is a place where children would get to know about the glorious past of India and other parts of the world. A visit to the museum's special Natural History section, which has dioramas, diagrams and charts to depict Indian wildlife, is an interesting and informative one for kids.
  • Entrance Fee Rs. 60 for Visitors (above 12 years) Rs. 25 for College Students (bearing their college identity card) Rs. 10 for Children (5 - 12 years) Rs. 10 for Students coming through Schools Rs. 300 International Visitors (above 12 years of age; includes complimentary audio guide) Rs. 25 for International Students (bearing school/college identity card) Rs. 10 for International Child Visitors (5 - 12 years) Rs. 40 Ex-defence and Retired Government Officials Rs. 40 Group Concession Available (25 or more Adults) Free for Differently-abled Visitors

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159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai, 400023, Maharashtra