Be it monochrome images of Mumbai or silver accessories from the 19th Century this museum is an ode to the industrial age. The imposing statue of Prince Albert in the lobby reminds one of the histories of this museum. Set up in 1872 as the Victoria and Albert Museum (renamed in 1975), the museum remained dilapidated till its recent renovation.
The Museum’s collection showcases the Industrial Arts and life in nineteenth century Mumbai. The year 2007 marked the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Museum Collection. Public funds were raised to house the collection in a grand Palladian building with high Victorian interiors that was completed and opened to the public on May 2, 1872 as the Victoria & Albert Museum. The museum was renamed the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in 1975 in honour of the man whose vision and dedication ensured its establishment.
The Museum’s collection is made up of a fine and decorative arts collection which showcases the importance of craftsmanship skills nurtured by various communities. It also has an extraordinary collection of clay models and dioramas that document the different communities who contributed to the development of Mumbai and their culture and lifestyle in the 19th and early 20th century. The six galleries inside showcase 3,500 displays apart from which many exciting exhibitions and lectures take place here as well.
The Museum is located at Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Road, Byculla East and is open from 10 am to 5.30 pm.