The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum opened to the public in 1857 and is Mumbai's oldest museum. It is the erstwhile Victoria and Albert Museum, Bombay, that showcases the city’s cultural heritage and history through a rare collection of fine and decorative arts that highlight early modern art practices as well as the craftsmanship of various communities of the Bombay Presidency. The permanent collection includes miniature clay models, dioramas, maps, lithographs, photographs, rare books, miniature paintings, early modern art, textiles and beautifully crafted objects that document the life of the people of Mumbai and the history of the city from the late eighteenth to early-twentieth centuries.
The Museum, once in a derelict condition, underwent a comprehensive five-year restoration by INTACH supported by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation. The project won UNESCO’s international Award of Excellence for cultural conservation in 2005. The Museum re-opened in 2008 andhosts an extensive exhibitions programme which explores the importance of the collection and includes a strong focus on contemporary art and culture.
The Museum has partnered with international institutions to showcase artists and exhibitions. From an intensive post-graduate diploma programme on modern and contemporary art, weekend family activites, festive fun, workshops for adult learners, to tours that link school curriculum with the Museum's collection and exhibitions, the Museum strives to offer something to everyone. The programmes and tours at the Museum are available in both English, Hindi and Marathi.
The Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum is closed on all Wednesdays and certain public holidays.