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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrhalaya (Formerly, Prince of Wales Museum of Western India)
Mumbai, India
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The Museum is situated on the famous semi-circular plot of land known as the Crescent Site near the Gateway of India in Mumbai. It is a Grade I Heritage Building in the city. The foundation stone of this Museum was laid by the Prince of Wales (later King George V) on the 11th of November, 1905 and the Museum was named Prince of Wales Museum of Western India. The architect of the building, George Wittet, was selected after an open competition in 1909. Wittet was well known for the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture of which this Museum building is one of the best examples. The Indo-Saracenic style combines Hindu and Islamic elements while incorporating some elements of Western architecture. The construction of the building was completed in 1914 but the Museum was opened to the public on the 10th of January, 1922. In the interim it was used by the military as a hospital and for the Children’s Welfare Exhibitions. Many things have changed since then, Bombay is now known as Mumbai and the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India has been renamed as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. The Museum is set in a well laid out garden which retains its original plan even today. The Museum is a Grade I Heritage Building of the city. The collection of the Museum started almost simultaneously with the foundation of the Museum building in 1905. The Museum acquired a well-known collection of Indian miniatures and other antiquities in 1915. These were from the collection of Seth Purushottam Mavji and were once a part of the treasures of Nana Phadnis (1741-1800 A.D.). The famous excavated artifacts from the Buddha stupa of Mirpurkhas (now in West Pakistan) were brought to the Museum by its excavator Mr. Henry Cousens in 1919. The major art collection of Sir Ratan Tata and Sir Dorab Tata were bequeathed to this Museum in 1922 and 1933 respectively. The Tata collection comprises of two major sections: The European and the Far Eastern. Some outstanding Indian antiquities such as textiles, arms, bronzes, paintings formed part of this gift. Besides these the Museum was further enriched by the gift of antiquities from the Sir Akbar Haydari collection in 1934. The Museum is an autonomous body unaided by the Government. Despite this, the Museum has added several antiquities to its collection, particularly in the period after Independence. The Museum now houses about 50,000 artifacts.

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159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai 400 063, India. 
Sabyasachi Mukherjee - Director, CSMVS 



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