Being awarded with UNESCO Asia- Pacific Heritage Award in 2010, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is an art and history museum. It is one of the prime attractions of Mumbai and a must visit place for history buffs and people who want to go back to ancient era.
Formerly, the museum was known as Prince of Wales Museum of Western India and was later renamed after Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire. The museum is arepository of the very culture, essence and the spirit of the country. The main objective behind the museum is to make travelers aware about the rich culture and heritage of India.
Built in Indo-Saracenic styles the museum exhibits a rich display of over 50, 000 artifacts that date back to the time of rich bygone era of Guptas, Mauryas, Rashtrakuta and Chalukyas including the art objects of Indus Valley Civilization. The sections inside are categorized as Art, Archaeology and Natural History.
The art segment of the museum is store house to collections of works of art of Ratan Tata, Dorab Tata and Purushottam Mavji. One can see dancing Krishna from Nepal- Tibet, beautiful paintings of Mughal, Rajasthani, Pahari and Deccan, palm leaf manuscripts that date back to 11th and 12th century, manuscripts of Anwar-Suhayli and Hindu epic Ramayana. The place also features a section of ivory, decorative art objects like Mughal, jades, silver and metal ware, European paintings and an armor of Akbar.
The archeological section showcases Indus Valley gallery that has weapons, ornaments, fishing hooks, weights and measures from Indus Valley Civilization. There is a sculpture collection of Gupta, Rashtrakuta and also the artifacts of Chalukyan era.
Natural History Section
The Natural history section of the museum has diagrams and charts that exhibit the picture of Indian Wildlife such as Indian bison, hornbills, tigers and flamingos.