After visiting the Prithvi theaters, we headed for lunch. We got into a nearby restaurant and had traditional thaali meals. We thought of completing our visit to the Prince of Wales museum. Today it is known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. As it was located in Fort, which is on the way back home in Colaba, it was easy for us to get there. My aunt also was happy that she was going around the city after quite some time. We reached the museum by 2:00pm. We had enquired about the visiting time the previous day. Officials told us that it would be open up to 6pm every day except on national holidays.
Since we arrived well in time, there was enough time to go around the museum. It is one of the oldest museums in India that was established in 1922. Though it was named as Prince Wales Museum to mark his significant visit to India, the building has a unique European architecture and the Government of India take constant effort to maintain the building in the original form. It has three storeys and has a huge collection of ancient paintings, statues, coins and so on. We moved on first tot eh statues section. There were many which were centuries old. There were names indicating the statues as well its age.
There are separate sections for art, archeology, natural history, galleries like Krishna Gallery, textile gallery and so on. As we moved on to the archeological section,
We saw a number of coins of the ancient era and also beautifully crafted sculptures. There is a huge collection and the textile section is amazing. It has the ancient royal attires for Kings and queens, which are richly embroidered. It portrays the royal life and the expensive stuff they had used by importing from other nations. A new gallery with a number of paintings of Lord Krishna is another attraction.
It was almost 5:30pm and we moved out of the museum. It was a journey through the ancient era. We were tired and wanted to have a cup. There is a Museum café within the premises surrounded by green lawns. All of us went and sat around a table and had some coffee and munched few snacks. My little one too was tired; we bought her a cold drink and a few toffees that brightened up her face. It was yet another day of worthwhile journey…