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A Walk through India’s History

If you’ve never been to the Prince of Wales museum at Kalaghoda (now known as Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastusanghralaya), this is a good time to go. The magnificient building houses some amazing treasures, including artefacts from the Harappa civilisation, amazing stone and metal sculptures, a natural history section (full of stuffed birds, fish, animals and creepy-crawlies) and a good selection of art from the Ratan Tata Collection including a Veronese and several Constables.

Another reason to head to the museum is to see a special exhibition on the history of Indian music. Lots of information, rare equipment like phonographs, gramaphones, antique recordings including the voices of Nehru, Subash Chandra Bose and Gandhi and a karaoke booth if you want to test your bathroom singing.

Need to Know
Entry to the museum:
(for adult Indians) Rs. 15/- per person
(for foreigners) : Rs.300/- per person and includes audio guide

Audio guide for Indians : Rs. 150/- (well worth the price, according to Mr.R).

However, do allow yourself plenty of time to do justice to the exhibits. We spent about 3 1/2 hours.

How to get there: Trains to Churchgate or CST (VT). Then either walk, take a bus or taxi upto the museum – 5-10 minutes away

More information on the official website: http://www.bombaymuseum.org/

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