While Mumbai is known for its beaches, sea front attractions, street food and of course, Bollywood, the city has a lot to offer to the little kids as well. A very interesting thing to do with your toddler could be to go out on a museum trail in the city!
So here is a quick list of museums your little one and you must visit:
The Museums in the city reflect the city's transition from Bombay to the current 'Mumbai'. The arts, culture, diversity, the talents etc. one can find these all in the museums!
1. Visit the Mani Bhavan to get a peek into Mahatma Gandhi's life:
Location: Tardeo, Mumbai
Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (Closed on 2nd & 4th Saturday)
Ever wonder what was life like in Mumbai back in the 1950s? Or during pre and post independence era? Introduce your little one to the olden days glory of the city at the Mani Bhavan Museum.
See the bustling trade post of Mumbai during the British era and then how it became the centre of political activism with Gandhiji in the year 1917 and 1934. Today, Mani Bhavan is both a library as well as a museum that showcases Mahatma Gandhi's life; where he was born, how he lived his childhood, the young Gandhi as a barrister, adulthood and of course, his journey to become the father of our nation.
Here you will witness old letters, photographs, the room occupied by Gandhi and the library hall. It was from this very place that Gandhiji initiated the Swadeshi cause as well as the Khadi, Hindu-Muslim unity causes and the Satyagraha movement.
2. Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum:
Location: Rani Baugh, Byculla East, Mumbai
Timings: 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM (Closed on Wednesday and selected public holidays)
One of the oldest gems of the city, fortunately the 'now' Dr Bhau Daji Lad museum is renovated and restored in its former glory. Established under the British rule in the year 1855, it was renamed as Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum in 1975.
The museum is home to Mumbai's heritage and culture, featuring arts and crafts, artefacts which showcase the lives of the Mumbaikars in the early years. It also traces the history of India's traditional craftsmanship as well as the daily lives through very intricate and unique clay dioramas from the 19th as well as the 20th century.
3. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya or the Prince of Wales Museum:
Location: Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
Timings: 10:15 AM to 06:00 PM (Monday to Sunday. Closed on National Holidays)
One of the oldest and most prominent structures in the city, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum is situated right next to Kala Ghoda. Built in 1914 by George Wittet, a Scottish architect, it was opened to public in 1922. The architecture of this museum is influenced by Indo-Saracenic which was popular during the British Raj.
This museum is home to famous Indian miniatures, artefacts from different Indian empires (Mughal as well as Rajasthani). It also featurs Mumbai as the centre of the inter-continental trade as it plays host to antiques from China, Nepal, Japan, Europe and Tibet to name a few! The museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens and lawn which make for a good quick picnic zone.
4. National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai or NGMA:
Location: Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
Timings: 11:00 AM to 06:00 PM (Closed on Mondays and National Holidays)
Admit it, most of us have trouble defining modern art to ourselves, let alone to our kids! So to clear the air, head to the NGMA at Kala Ghoda! Since its inception in 1954, the museum holds India's largest and possibly the richest collection of modern art. Before it was turned into a museum, it served as the palace to the Maharaja of Jaipur.
The NGMA houses 17,000 pieces of art which include sculptures, paintings, photographs and graphics collected since 1850s. It showcases the work of famous Indian artists like Rabindranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Varma, Tayyab Mehta and even M.F Hussain.