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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya ,Mumbai(India)

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The architect of the building, George Wittet, was selected after an open competition in 1909. Wittet is known for the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture of which this museum is one of the best examples. The Indo-Saracenic style combines Hindu and Saracenic architectural forms, at times incorporating some elements of Western architecture. The Indian pillared hall, the arched pavilion, the dome rising above the huge intersecting arches forming a beautiful geometrical pattern-all these together make the Museum building a typical example of the Indo-Saracenic style. Small jails for light and wind add to the grandeur of the building. George Wittet skilfully incorporated the original wooden arched pavilion purchased from a royal house (Wada) at Nasik in Maharashtra, as a circular railing on the first floor of the building. The dome of this building is designed after the Gol Gumbaz of Bijapur and the finial is copied from the Taj at Agra.


Founded in the early 1900s, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is one of the premier cultural institutions in the country. On 14th August 1905, a number of prominent people of Bombay gathered at the Town Hall and resolved to erect a Memorial to the visit of the Prince of Wales (later King George V) in the form of a public Museum which, would be named after him. The meeting was attended by Sir Pherozeshah Mehta, Justice Badruddin Tyabji, Narotamdas Gokuldas, Justice Chandavarkar, Sassoon J. David and many other dignitaries known for their outstanding contribution in their respective fields and also in the development of the island of Bombay. The Foundation Stone of the Museum was laid by the Prince of Wales on 11th November 1905 and the Museum was named Prince of Wales Museum of Western India. For a long time people had also felt the need for a good museum in the city and finally, the museum was established by the public contribution aided by the then Government of the Bombay Presidency. This memorial in the form of a museum was to be erected on the plot of land known as the Crescent Site on the southern tip of the island. The building was completed in 1914 but it opened to the public much later on 10th January 1922. Until then it was used by the military as a hospital and for Children’s Welfare Exhibitions. Many things have changed since then. Bombay is now known as Mumbai and the name of the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India is changed to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. Set against a well laid out garden which retains its original plan even today, the museum is an important Heritage building of the city.

Best Time

The temperatures soar high in the summer season. The tourists avoid Mumbai during the time due to the scorching heat.

opening and closing time

timings: All days of the week 10:15 AM - 6:00 PM Visit Duration: 2 to 3 Hours.

Entry Fee

60 per person of Indians 300 per person Foreign Nationals 25 per person College Students 10 per person Child visitor

General Information

This place has a variety of significant historic items especially of the Maratha and Mughal reign. There is also an audio tour of the museum available though I have heard a few bad experiences about it. The gallery is now modernized. Though the museum seems to satisfy the expectation of the audience it can be set to elevate. I quite enjoyed my trip. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, abbreviated CSMVS and formerly named the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, is the main museum in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Near By Attraction

Jehangir Art Gallery Mumbai Moments Flora Fountain Avante Cottage Crafts of India Gateway of India


Churchgate Railway Station-1 km Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Railway Station-1 km

Application Availability Which Saves Some Money

Zomato, Swiggy(best service for delicious food) Uber, Ola(best service available for a cab up to 24/7 hours)

Interesting facts about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

It was earlier known as Prince of Wales Museum
During the first world war, this place was used as a hospital by the military personnel
It was made accessible to everyone in the year 1922 and was inaugurated by Lady Lloyd.


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