Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum
The house of diamond merchant, who was also a supporter of the Indian National congress Revashankar Jhaveri is where gandhiji used to put up during his visits to Mumbai. This very house has been turned into the Mani Bhavan Museum. This place is just beside the August Kranti Maidan where the Quit India Movement of 1942 was launched. In this house museum you will find paintings, framed letters and documents that serve a look into the past. There are also 3D tableux of the events of the life of Mahatma Gandhi. The famous spinning wheel (Charkha) and the Charpoy is also present inside the museum. The books you will see here includes a lot of Tolstoys and Shakespeare which were read by the Father of the Nation. Well preserved copies of Mahatma's favorite 'Les Miserables' are also kept in the museum.
Prince of Wales Museum
Also known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj Vastu Sangrahanalaya, this museum was named after Prince George V when he visited India in 1905. The foundation stone was laid down by the prince himself however the inaugration was done in 1923 by Lady Lloyd, the wife of the then governor George Lloyd. The museum is built in Indo- Saracenic style with blue and yellow stones and has a very simple design. As you enter the museum you will find a large central hall from where leads staircases on two sides that takes you to the galleries branching out on both sides in the next two floors. There are a variety of art exhibits housed in here. These include Indian mixed art forms and decorative art pieces. You will also see Nepalese and Tibetian art forms besides European paintings and garments and armory displays. The artworks of the Pahari School of Art and Deccan School of Art are also very beautiful.
The whole Jawaharlal Nehru Science Comples on the Annie Besant Road in Worli, Mumbai is constituted by the Nehru Planetarium and the Nehru Science Center. The Planetarium is of a round shaped and like a theatre where mostly children fiction movies are screened or else shows are on based on the universe, stars, planets and satellites which children enjoy the most. Besides, the Nehru Science Center is where most of the International Science Exhibitions and Trade Fairs are organized. There is also a theatre beside where cultural programs are oprganized every now and then. Most modern technologies are used to put up the shows in the planetarium which includes high end projectors, laser technologies and others.
Celebrity Wax Museum
Celebrity wax museum was an exciting experience in my life. The wax statues look ideally close to real person. We witnessed around many famous statues of people who are respectful or had a likewise fame. Most of the Wax creations are of Honorable Indians like Swami Vivekananda, Shri Narendra Modi, etc.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Once I reached Churchgate, came out and went to Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum. The good part of that area is its architecture. The whole essence of the place changes, when you look around at those 100 years old buildings, the grey bricks, no way closer to the new buildings. They are just classic and retro. I bought the ticket, Rs 70, huh? went inside the museum. As soon as I entered, I had the feeling of entering into New York museum of natural history (been there) on a smaller scale but it was good. You can see lot of sculptures from 14th century AD at the ground floor. I was just thinking, the mythology was still same even that point-in-time. I could see sculptures of Brahma, Vishnu, Krishna awatars and its all the same. Lakshmi-Ganesh, everything.The museum was good, there's one mumy also inside the museum, The history is back-in-time, britishers got mummies from Egypt, took most of them back to England, just left one here. It was the same. It was a wooden box,with big eyes and nose carved with some yellow black paint. So, yeah I had goosebumps.Then I went to the Coin section which showed the evolution of coins in India since then to now. All I could understand was, in the beginning, the coins were very very small round and square shape, with few carvings. When the greeks entered India, the size of the coin became bigger and bigger. During the reign of Mughals, not only the size of the coin became bigger but it also became heavy with much of urdu carvings on the coin. Similarly you have Himalayan section, history on who introduce Buddhism, how is it different from Tibbetan and Nepali culture and some of the facts were really interesting.There was one video which showed how they make carvings on metals with the shape of elephants or others. It's really tough and time taking job. Lot of fineness is required to make it. You know what, it's worth every dime we pay for it. I don't know what government is doing to encourage it ( am surely going to find out) and how long people will be motivated to keep it going. Life is not so easy!
National Gallery of Modern Art
This is the most important museum of the city and also one of the best within the country. If you want to enjoy the best contemporary art, this is no doubt the best you can get. The building that has been transformed into the lovely museum was once the residence of famous kings of Jaipur. The grandeur is still maintained till a certain extent. The maintenance part is worth mentioning and the collection is the best you can find anywhere. Art pieces housed here have a large range of variety. There are pieces that are almost 2 centuries old. There are also art works by English painters and National ones too. The location of the museum is just adjacent to the India Gate, thus making it almost a part of another attraction of National importance. The gardens circling the museums form an ideal place for summer afternoons.
Jehangir Art Gallery
This is Mumbai's one of the most popular art galleries located in the Kala Ghoda area. It was built in 1952 and contributed to the city by Cawasji Jehangir and is till now managed by the Bombay Art Society. This is also the most prestigious venue for modern artistes of the city and there is always a rush for them to exhibit their paintings here. Many have to wait for at least a few years to get a turn as well. The main reason is that this gallery is most of the time in the media eye for good reasons. There are four exhibition halls to exhibit artwork here.