Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai: How To Reach, Best Time & Tips

About Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Formerly known as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum happens to be the earliest museum built in the Indian city of Mumbai.

 Established back in the year 1855, the structure was first used as a storehouse of industrial and decorative arts. However, in the year 1975, it was renamed in honor and memory of the great scholar, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad. The museum was opened for public visits in the year 2008.

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum displays the early craftsmanship and art of the early residents of Bombay. The museum manifests the rich cultural heritage of Mumbai through decorative and fine art.

Some important primitive objects that visitors can see in the museum include small clay models, costumes, copper and silverware, lithographs, maps, photographs, dioramas, and rare books that highlight important tidbits about life in the city from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. 

The museum also has a manuscript of the well-known Arab poet Hatim Tai, which dates back to the seventeenth century. 

You can also find the historic Kala Ghoda figurine placed inside the museum. Just outside the building, a monolithic elephant sculpture discovered from the water body originating from Elephanta Island has been installed.

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is frequently visited by history buffs, experience seekers, photographers, and education enthusiasts. Visitors can stroll inside the mesmerizing museum and admire the crafts and artifacts.

They can also explore the fascinating stones placed outside the building. Travelers can even explore the backyard of the museum, where some small bookstores and cafés are present. In addition, they can also experience the fun events and activities occasionally organized here.

How to Reach Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

 From Mumbai Bus Stand-

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is located at a distance of about 3.2 kilometers from the Mumbai bus stand. Once you reach the city bus stand, you can easily take a local taxi or book a cab to reach the museum. 

The total time taken to cover the journey is near about 16 minutes, considering the vehicle to be running at an average speed. 

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is well-connected to almost all the major and important cities and can be reached easily and conveniently. Once you reach MSRTC Mumbai Central, reaching the destination is a matter of a few minutes. 

Best Time to Visit Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Many tourists prefer visiting Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum during the winter season (October-February) as this is the best time for visiting the city of Mumbai. 

Although, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum can be visited throughout the year. As the entire museum has proper air-conditioning, it is quite convenient to pay a visit to this beautiful tourist destination during the summer season as well.

That being said, however, the museum arranges certain events that are exclusive to certain periods of the year. You can go through their official website and find out all the details before planning your visit to the museum.

What Not to Miss at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Gloria Church: Built back in the year 1632, Gloria Church is counted among the oldest churches of Mumbai.

This church was first built at the foothills of Mazgaon, after which it was demolished and rebuilt at Byculla. The English Gothic style church finally opened for public visits in the year 1913. 

The beauty of this church has not only propelled many Bollywood movie makers to shoot movies on its alluring premises, but has also attracted many God lovers and peace seekers. 

It is open for visitors from 6 AM to 6 PM throughout the week. The total time required to visit the place is 30 minutes. 

Dhobi Ghat: Mumbai Dhobi Ghat is famous all over the world for its interesting history and the Bollywood films shot here. Being a home to over 850 washer-men families, it is recognized as the biggest outdoor laundry in the world.

As a routine practice, the washer-men wake up before sunrise and start working from 4.30 AM onwards. A host of women and men wash clothes by hand in the huge sinks and the work continues till 9 PM.

Dhobi Ghat is visited by a number of tourists who come here to see this age old practice. The place mainly attracts photo fanatics and experience seekers. Dhobi Ghat is open for visiting from 10 AM to 6.30 PM throughout the week, except Sundays.

Hanging Garden: Located at a distance from the bustling city life, Hanging Garden is a place where you can relax and spend some time at leisure.

 The lush green area coupled with the beautiful flowers makes the entire garden look amazingly mesmerizing. It is believed by some that there’s a large reservoir beneath this garden. 

Some of the major attractions of the park include the animal-shaped bushes, well-maintained walkways, beautiful water fountains, and a children's playground. Visitors flock here to take pictures, watch the sunset, and take a nice stroll amidst greenery.

Hanging Garden is open for visiting from 5 AM to 9 PM throughout the week.  

Nehru Science Centre: Nehru Science Centre illustrates different aspects of technology and science in an informative and interesting manner.

The center consists of over 400 interactive displays, which are linked with different topics of science such as kinetics, mechanics, sound, light, and energy. 

The center also shelters a gallery and science park. You can also find a well-organized library that has over 290 science films and 9000 books. The center also conducts a number of workshops, conferences, science exhibitions, seminars, and competitions. 

Nehru Science Centre is open for visiting from 10 AM to 2 PM throughout the week, except on Sundays, public holidays, and second Saturdays of every month.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya: Known formerly as Prince of Wales Museum, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya happens to be an important cultural museum of India. 

The museum is categorized into 3 important sections – Natural History, Archaeology, and Art. 

It showcases a huge collection of historical objects and artifacts, including bronze sculptures, terracotta objects, ivory and porcelain from Japan and China, European paintings, and Indian paintings.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is open for visiting from 10.15 AM to 6 PM throughout the week. 

Other Essential Information About Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

91 A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Rd, Byculla East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400027

Timing: 10 AM to 6 PM throughout the week, except on Wednesday.

Price: Entry fees for Indian nationals and foreign nationals are INR 10 and INR 100 respectively. Entry is free for specially-abled visitors, MCGM school kids and employees, NGOs, and Press.

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People Also Ask About Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

  1. Can we book tickets in advance?

    Yes, of course. If you are visiting Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in a group, you can register for a themed tour in advance.

     People visiting the place in a group can even book an interpretive tour. Workshops can also be conducted on request and two weeks of advance booking.

     However, if you are a solo visitor and are interested in just taking a stroll through the museum and admiring the exhibits, you do not really need to make an advance booking.
  2. Is photography allowed inside the museum?

    Yes, taking photographs inside the museum is allowed, but only for non-commercial and personal use. The pictures taken here cannot be sold, published, reproduced, or distributed.

     Furthermore, visitors cannot use flash, monopod, or tripod for taking pictures inside the museum.

     In addition, video recording is strictly prohibited.
  3. Can we take edibles inside the museum?

    No. Carrying outside drinks or food items to the premises of the museum is strictly prohibited. Visitors have to deposit their water bottles and bags at the concerned counter before entering the museum.

     In addition, chewing gutka, paan, or gum is also not acceptable inside the premises of the museum.
  4. Are there guided tours?

    Yes. Guides for both public tours and private tours are available at the museum.

     Visitors have to book their guides at a small additional fee. The guides provided are multi-lingual and can convey information in English, Hindi, and Marathi languages.

     Audio guides are also available at an extra charge of INR 50 per head.
  5. What time do the galleries close?

    The galleries get closed at 6 PM every day. The last tickets to the museum are sold to the public at 5.30 PM, after which the ticket counter gets closed for the day.