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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya: 8,000 years of history

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The former Prince of Wales Museum continues to burrow into history with objects from excavations on the sites of the ancient Indus civilisation.

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum in the Colaba neighbourhood, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum, is the place to discover the riches of Indian history and art.

Built by George Wittet in 1905, this magnificent building, built in what is referred to as Indo-Saracenic style, symbolises the perfect union between modern and medieval architecture in Western India. Inside, there is a treasure trove of more than 50,000 objects. The museum has a wonderful collection, including, notably, Brahmanical sculptures, terracotta, bronzes from Nepal and Tibet, as well as objects and excavations from Harappan sites.

The Harappa, a great and ancient civilisation of the Indus Valley, who thrived between 4,000 and 6,000 BC in a manner similar to Mesopotamia or ancient Egypt, appear to have abandoned their cities and moved east after a climate change. There are also miniature Indian paintings, European paintings, porcelain and ivory from China and Japan, etc. The museum also has a separate natural history section.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum
159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road
Kala Ghoda
Fort
Mumbai,
Maharashtra 400032

+91 (0)22 22 84 44 84

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