Bhau Daji Lad Museum
The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum (formerly the Victoria and Albert Museum) is the oldest museum in Mumbai
Mumbai , formerly known as Bombay in English, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous city in the world, with a total metropolitan area population of approximately 20.5 million...

. It was originally established in 1855 as a treasure house of the decorative and industrial arts.


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 established the Central Museum of Natural History, Economy, Geology, Industry and Arts, the first museum in Bombay in 1855. George Buist took major initiative for its inception. In 1857, it was closed to the public and its collection was shifted to the Town Hall. In 1858, George Birdwood
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 was appointed curator of the museum. Soon, a committee was formed, comprising him, Bhau Daji Lad
Bhau Daji
Bhau Daji Laud was a physician of the Saraswat caste belonging to Bombay , a Sanskrit scholar and an antiquary. He was born in 1822 in Mandrem, in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra.-Medical career:...

 and Jagannath Shankarshet to raise money for construction of a new building for the museum. The foundation of the new building was laid in 1862.

The construction of the present building in Jijamata Udyan in Byculla started in 1862 and was completed in 1871. The museum was opened on May 2, 1872. In 1975, this museum was renamed as the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum.

Between 2003 and 2007, this museum has undergone a major restoration under the supervision of the Mumbai chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and financed by the Jamnalal Bajaj Trust.


The Museum is managed by a public-private partnership, a first for a cultural institution in India. The partnership involves the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, the Jamanlal Bajaj Foundation and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).

Tasneem Zakaria Mehta is the Honorary Director of the Museum and has a Board of Management and Trustees that include the Mayor
Mayor of Mumbai
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 and the Municipal Commissioner
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of Mumbai .


This museum houses a large number of archaeological finds, maps and historical photographs of Mumbai, clay models, silver and copper ware and costumes. Its significant collections include a 17th century manuscript of Hatim Tai

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