The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya was established in 1922 and was then referred to as the Prince of Wales Museum. The museum was built in honor of the first visit of Prince of Wales to Mumbai, who soon went on to become King George V. The museum is spread across three acres of land in South Bombay’s Fort region just a few minutes away from Colaba Causeway near Apollo Bunder in Colaba. While the dome of the museum was made to resemble that of the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, the insides of the museum looks quite similar to the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur.
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Very few people actually know that though the museum was opened to the public only in 1922, the construction was completed in 1915. However, it was used as a Welfare Centre for Children along with being a Military Hospital during the First Would War. Not only is the architecture of the museum spell-bounding, but there are various artefacts that promise to take you back in time. The museum has more than a nice collection of items, paintings, sculptures among others, that’ll make you want to see more!
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