One of Mumbai’s oldest institutions – the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum – turned 150 years old.
From its inception in 1972, for nearly 100 years, it was known as the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The museum is located next to the Veer Mata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan & Zoo in Byculla, popularly known as Byculla Zoo or RaniBaug.
Subsequently, it was named after Ramachandra Vitthal Lad, popularly known as Bhau Daji Lad (1824–1874), who was an Indian physician, Sanskrit scholar, and antiquarian.
To commemorate the occasion, on Tuesday evening, Maharashtra’s Minister of Tourism, Environment and Protocol, Aaditya Thackeray released a commemorative book “Mumbai: A City Through Objects – 101 Stories from the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum written by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, the famous historian, writer, who is also the managing director and director of Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai.
“To commemorate 150 years of Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum on the eve of World Museum Day, it was a pleasure to unveil the book ‘Mumbai A City Through Objects’ and open the doors to the ‘Hall of Wonders’ in the museum which chronicles the historical legacy of our city of Mumbai and its evolution,” Aaditya tweeted.
Commemorating 150 years of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum on the eve of World Museum Day, it was a pleasure to unveil the book “Mumbai A City Through Objects” and open the doors to the “Hall of Wonders” in the museum that chronicles the historical legacy of our city of Mumbai and its evolution pic.twitter.com/o8lPziDFRP
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) May 17, 2022
As Mumbai’s premier museum, it showcases the city’s cultural heritage and history through a rare collection of fine and decorative arts that showcase modern art practices as well as craftsmanship. make various communities of the Bombay Presidency.
The permanent collection includes miniature clay models, dioramas, maps, lithographs, photographs and rare books that document the lives of Mumbai residents and the city’s history from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. .
The once derelict museum underwent a comprehensive five-year restoration and won the 2005 UNESCO Award for Excellence in Cultural Conservation. The Museum reopened in 2008 with an extensive exhibition program and is committed to promoting contemporary art and culture.
The Museum has collaborated with other museums and cultural institutions around the world to present contemporary artists and international exhibitions related to the Museum’s permanent collection.