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The Mumbai Museum

07 Dec

The Prince of Wales MuseumFor this week’s photo-walk, I decided to visit the Prince of Wales Museum; the idea to go there is basis the comfort of taking pictures without people bothering you, also it had been a while since I had gone to the Museum, so kind of 2 birds with one stone thing happening. Like most of my trips this one also was on a weekday, but it also was a public holiday so there were hordes of people there. From a search engine point of view must also add the new name of the museum  is called Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya- Like VT now referred to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)

The first thing you notice with tStone Sculpture 1he museum is that the ticket counter is very polished, not like the one at the Zoo, the people also are rather helpful, I walked in with my camera bag, the gaurd informed me I need to get a clearaStone Sculpturesnce for the same, hence I requested the ticket vendor, he quickly took out two passes one for mobile phone and one for my DSLR the cost for the same 300 rupees. The guard then wrapped a thin strip of paper around my hand this to inform all other guards that I can use a phone camera, they also tied a badge onto my DSLR this to further ensure I don’t get probed at every security zone, the only request they made is that I don’t use flash in the museum and disturb people. I walked towards the entrance shooting pictures of statues that areplaced all over the lawns, the entrance is deceiving and opens into the reception area of the museum, here you can rent translators and tape guides to help you through the museum, I have been here so quickly moved towards the stone sculptures exhibit. I was very surprised they had added lighting to most idols and they made for some great pictures, as with everything I got bored fairly quickly and moved to the 2nd floor, herThe Samurai Dolle there was an exhibit that I had not seen before, it had ornaments, dolls, cutlery, decorative items stocked in a room that looked like it was straight from Hogwarts. I loved the samurai dolls on display absolutely amazing.The Painting Exibit

From here I moved to the painting exhibit, this one is sponsored by the Tata group and is spectacular, they also have benches with paper and pencil for artist to draw inspiration from the paintings on display, they also have some awesome benches there, it’s quite a sight feel like you are in a Museum in Paris. Next on the agenda the 2nd floor and the weapons exhibit, this use to be my most favourite displays as a kid, I never got the sculptors, but stuffed animals and weapons always rocked. Unfortunately the weapons are encased in glass aThe Rhino nd don’t photograph to well so I moved on changed my lens to a zoom lens and went on trying to capture some raVintage Furniturendom portraits. While on my way out I also dropped by the animal/bird exhibit, missed the large whale there but the rhino compensated for it – from there I backtracked towards the exit, there I spotted a paint exhibition sign, unfortunately it said no pictures so totally avoided it, sat in the lawn for a bit taking HDR shots and then headed out (featured on the top). The museum in Mumbai is awesome, the exhibits are brilliant and the place is really well maintained. I would definitely recommend it to all, if you have not seen it it’s a definitely must visit.

Our trip does not end there,Statues Decorating the lawns froGreat Workmanshipm there I moved towards Jahangir Art Gallery which is about 1 minute away from the museum, the footpath is layered with artist who have some awesome pictures on display, as I moved ahead I saw a boy desperately trying to pose so some photographer (currently me) would take his picture, he had a wierd hat on but really I could not take his picture did not call out to me, what can I say too bad…from there on to my regular destination Rhythm House – its an old music store which has been in Mumbai forever, did not end up buying anything but going through the very large collections of DVDs was a lot of fun. Finally I took a cab and headed home. If you are in Mumbai and end up visiting the Museum, do take some time off to walk around that are, its called Kala Ghoda and has some awesome places to see , eat and just window shop. (The gallery plugin is not working to well so could upload all the pictures – if you have a solution to the issue please write back to us)

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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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5 responses to “The Mumbai Museum

  1. syedfawaz2002

    March 1, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Hi Badbikegang,

    I am Syed Fawaz Ahmed, I am a designer from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
    I saw your blog on the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastru Sangrahalay.

    I have been approached by the CSMVS to design interactive digital exhibits for the natural history section. I have not received images of this section from them still. I have to create a design proposal to them soon. As I am in Bangalore and do not have acces to the photos of the space, I cannot possibly start the designing phase. Waiting for the photos from them seems too long.

    Can you share with me all the photos of the natural history section? It would be a great help for my work.

    BTW, I am a partner of this firm
    http://www.digitaljalebi.com

    Thanks in Advance

     
    • badbikegang

      March 1, 2013 at 4:22 am

      I will be happy to share pictures, let me know on which ID to send them too, my only concern is the images are large, also let me know resolution you need it in?

       
      • syedfawaz2002

        March 1, 2013 at 7:17 am

        Hi Badbikegang,

        Thanks for your quick response !
        You can send the pics to syedfawaz2002@gmail.com

        Can you send them in 1024×768 resolution (near to this size, by whatever aspect ratio they are in)

        Thanks once again
        Fawaz

         
      • badbikegang

        March 1, 2013 at 8:32 am

        Hi Fawaz, will share them by tomorrow, hope the same is okay

         
      • syedfawaz2002

        March 1, 2013 at 8:52 am

        yes, thats fine 🙂

         

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