As keeper of our collective memory and histories, and a space of joy and inspiration, Mumbai’s premier museum is without rival. Join us on an interpretive tour of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India) to encounter, explore and engage with the stories and secrets hidden within. From prehistoric stone tools to sculptures that illustrate the very development of Indian figurative art, textiles, coins and weapons, the CSMVS has it all. But by focusing on some of the museum’s key highlights, this tour will let you enjoy a space and collection that can feel dense, even overwhelming, to explore on your own.
The story on this tour is not restricted to just inside the museum. Discover the features and meanings behind the museum’s iconic design and its institutional history, placing its story within the larger development of Indian museums and the building of Bombay’s city centre in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
2.5 hour guided tour
This tour does not include the entire collection, nor every single gallery in the museum, but is instead an exploration of a curated selection of highlights.
Museum Entry Fee is not included. Find out more about these charges here.
If the minimum number of people required for this Walk is not met, the Walk will be cancelled. In this situation, you can opt to shift your booking to the next scheduled date or get a full refund.
Age Limit: Participants must be 8 years of age or older
Physical Requirements: Participants must be able to stand and walk for a couple of hours without assistance
Cancellation Policy: 11 days or more before Event – 10% cancellation fee
7 to 10 days before Event – 50% cancellation fee
Less than 7 days before Event – 100% cancellation fee. No Refund.
Reschedule Policy: None
Before you step in
The tour will begin outside the museum building with an interactive discussion placing the museum’s history within the wider story of the building of Bombay in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We will also position the CSMVS within the development of Indian museums in the 19th and 20th centuries and highlight the politics of this history.
We will explore the unique features of and meanings behind the museum’s iconic Indo-Saracenic structure, today located at the heart of Mumbai’s premier heritage precinct and cultural district.
Inside the iconic Museum
Once inside the museum, we will focus our attention on a range of highlight objects on display. Participants will be encouraged to read these objects and interpret the meanings and memories they hold. The tour leader will go beyond the visual and descriptive to weave the larger stories behind and around what participants can see. Using their imagination, what they see, and the questions and cues provided, participants will be able to build fascinating links between objects, collections, places and histories.
How a museum works
Taking from the tour leader’s experience of working in museums the tour will also spotlight curatorial and design strategies, and provide insights into the working of the museum, its challenges, many achievements and varied programming.
Ideally you should reach the place 30 minutes before the start time so you can book your entry tickets in advance.
The minimum age for children is 8 years, you can get your child along with you (and pay the necessary museum entry fees), however you will have to ensure that the child does not disturb the other participants.
If the walk has already started it will be difficult to know which location the group has reached and the guide will not be in a position to take your call, so it is best to reach the location 10-15 mins early.