Formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) is one of the most prestigious and extensive art and history museums in India. Located near the Gateway of India in South Mumbai, the museum is set in a domed Grade I Heritage listed building, built in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style.
The museum itself is home to an impressive collection of more than 60,000 artifacts, encouraging visitors to take a journey through India’s rich history and varied culture. Its vast collection includes such items as ancient artefacts from the Indus Valley Civilization and some spectacular Hindu and Buddhist sculptures.
As well as its permanent collection and rotating exhibits, CSMVS hosts regular cultural activities and educational programmes. There’s a cafe at the building’s entrance, as well as an excellent museum shop.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is located at 159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road in South Mumbai. The museum is open daily from 10:15am to 6pm.