About Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya was earlier known as Prince of Wales Museum and it is considered one of the splendid structures of the Mumbai city. This is one of the heritage buildings in Mumbai, which has been an established museum since 1922.

The best part of this heritage building is its construction. It has one of the most intricate design work and it truly displays extraordinary artisanship. The architecture is a clever blend of both Indian and British marvels. The garden spread all around the Museum adds to its beauty.

The museum is famous for one more reason. It holds more than 50000 artefacts, artworks, and sculptures that display the rich cultural heritage of India. Since it has been in the air close to a century, there have been a number of renovations, which has increased the beauty of the structure and has opened doors for newer galleries and artworks. It now features artworks of many Hindi deities, traditional textiles, and age-old Indian costumes.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya has been awarded as the Grade I Heritage Building of the city and the first prize in Urban Heritage Award by the Indian Heritage Society. The museum was renamed as 'Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya' from “Prince Wales Museum’ in order to memorialize the founder of the great Maratha Kingdom - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Let’s get to know more about this amazing tourist destination in the heart of Mumbai city.

How to Reach Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

From Mumbai Airport-

The distance between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is just 22 KM. You can travel by the western express highway and reach the museum in less than 1 hour.  You can take an autorickshaw from the airport or book a cab to reach the museum without any inconveniences. You can also reach the museum by buses and local trains. The museum is at a walking distance from the nearest railway stations. It would on no occasion be difficult for you to reach at the museum after you get down in Mumbai. 

Best Time to Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

There is no best time to visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. You can come to visit this heritage complex at any time of the year. However, you should keep in mind that the museum remains open on all days of the week except Monday. If you like to explore Mumbai at its best then it would obviously be in the course of Ganesh Chaturthi. You can not only visit Ganesh Pandals but also visit all other places of tourist interest in Mumbai. Plan out trips to this amazing city that’s on the move at all times.

What Not to Miss at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Here are some of the places of tourist interest that you can visit when you have come to visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya:

1. Gateway of India - The Gateway of India is the iconic hotspot of Mumbai. It is one of the monuments in Mumbai that define the city and its varied culture. The Gateway of India was built by George Wittet to memorialize the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. The architecture of the monument is inspired by India, Western and Arabic designs. The Gateway of India is the starting point of the ferries that ply to the iconic Elephanta Caves and Mumbai. 

2. Marine Drive, Mumbai - The Marine Drive of Mumbai is the indication of the glamour and glitter the city has in its lifestyle. The Marine Drive is stretched over a distance of 3.6 Km. It starts from the Nariman Point and ends in Girgaum Chowpatty. It is considered to be one of the best places to watch the setting sun as well as spend their leisure time in the evening relaxing near the sea. 

3. Colaba Causeway - The Colaba Causeway is the link between Colaba and Old Woman's Island. It is one of the most exciting and electrifying places in Mumbai. It is a paradise for shopaholics and foodies. You can find garments, home decors, antiques, lampshades and designer stuff at a very lesser price. To add to the excitement, you can find extended food joints offering delicious local Maharashtrian food at a very affordable price.

4. Juhu Beach - The tour of Mumbai can never be complete without stopping over at the famous Juhu Beach. It is the longest beach in Mumbai that attracts tourists all over the year. It is also a famous spot for the world-famous Mumbai street food. However, with time it has been one of the poshest areas of Mumbai.

Other Essential Information About Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Location - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is located near Kala Ghoda Fort on Mahatma Gandi Road, Mumbai. 

Timing - 
The museum remains open from 10:15 AM - 5:00 PM on all days except Monday.

Price - 
The entry fee of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is INR 30.

Tips for visiting Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya:

When you are visiting the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, there are certain things that need to be kept in mind. 

-There is no need of hiring any tourist guide.
-You can collect the audio guides from the reception and then start your tour around the museum. The audio guides are available in more than seven languages apart from English and Hindi. 
-No outside food and drinks are allowed inside the museum. 
-If you feel hungry inside the museum, you can have food at the in-house cafeteria. 
-You should maintain good discipline inside the museum and follow all the rules and regulations strictly.
-You should not touch the artefacts displayed. This is specified in order to avoid any kind of damage to the artefacts and artworks.
-If you want to take home some souvenirs with you then you can easily purchase it from the shop inside the museum. 
-You should not attempt photography and videography inside the museum as it is strictly prohibited.
-Smoking and chewing tobacco are strictly prohibited inside the museum. Make sure you don’t carry any such products. If you do so, then there will be penalties.
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People Also Ask About Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

  1. Who built Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya?

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya was built by a British architect named George Wittet. The museum was built in an Indo-Saracenic style in the 20th century.

    It has a wide range of ancient collections on display from all over the world. It is considered to be one of the most important places of tourist interest in the city of Mumbai. This is the reason of its intricate blend of architecture.
  2. How many galleries are there in the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya?

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya has nearly about 50000 different varieties of artefacts on display. These artefacts are divided into a number of galleries primarily segregated into Art, Architecture, Natural History, History, and Indian Culture. However, with the passage of time, 23 new galleries have also found their way.

    Some of the new-fangled galleries are
     -Sculpture gallery 
    -Pre and Proto History gallery
     -Natural History Section
     -Indian Miniature Painting gallery
    -Krishna gallery
    -Himalayan Art gallery
    -Decorative Metalware gallery
    -House of Laxmi- Coin gallery
    -Karl and Meherbai Khandalavala gallery
     -Chinese and Japanese Art gallery
    -Sir Ratan Tata and Sir Dorab Tata gallery of European Paintings
    -Arms and Armour Gallery
    -Jehangir Nicholson gallery
    -Premchand Roychand gallery
    -Key gallery
     -First Floor Circle gallery
     -Second Floor Circle gallery
    -European Decorative Art gallery
    -Bombay School gallery
    -Jahangir Sabawala gallery
    -Textile Gallery
    -Prints Gallery
    -Curators gallery and Conservation Centre
  3. When was the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya built?

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya was built in the year 1922. Lady Lloyd, the wife of George Lloyd inaugurated the building.
  4. How do you get to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya?

    The museum is at a walkable distance from both the local bus station and railway station. The nearest railway stations are Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station and Churchgate railway station. You can take public transport and reach the museum without any inconvenience.
  5. Is it allowed to take photographs inside the museum?

    Photography and videography are strictly prohibited inside the museum campus. It is a punishable offence. So, it is highly recommended to keep this thing in your mind when visiting Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.
  6. Is there any locker facility inside the museum?

    Yes, there is a locker facility inside the museum. You can keep your belongings in the locker and traverse around the museum.

    Once you are done with the tour, you can take back your belongings. This facility is very beneficial for tourists coming from far off places. You can easily spend time in the number of galleries without carrying any heavy baggage with you.

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