Learning at the Museum

The Museum offers a rich selection of learning and outreach programmes focused on providing stimulating, participatory experiences that respond to different age, interest and language groups, and recognize a diversity of backgrounds. These experiences are aimed at encouraging critical engagement with Mumbai’s history, and artistic and cultural developments.


What’s On

Festive Fun: Celebrate Diwali at the BDL Museum!

NOVEMBER 03 & 04, 2018     

This Diwali, join us at the Museum for various fun, traditional activities such as building your own clay fort, DIY lantern and diya making!

Make Your Own Clay Fort
Get hands-on and create your own fort - made of mud and clay, a traditional activity across Maharashtra. We have two sessions lined up during the day for a short demo of how to build a mud fort, followed by you creating your own fort!

Date: 3 Nov, 2018
Timings: 11 am to 1pm & 3 pm to 5 pm.
Venue: Museum Plaza, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Create Your Own Lantern / Diya
Add personal touch to your Diwali decorations by taking home a DIY paper lantern or clay diya!

Date: 4 Nov, 2018
Timings: 11 am to 2 pm for making lanterns and 2 pm to 4 pm for making clay diyas
Venue: Museum Plaza, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Languages: Marathi, Hindi, English
Charges: Only Museum entry charges applicable. All materials provided.
Open to all age groups and family groups. No prior registration necessary.


Free Activity | Explore Mexican Amates!

NOVEMBER 11, 2018      11.00 am - 01.00 pm

Did you know that the word 'Amates' in Mexico comes from the pre-Hispanic Nahuatl word 'ámatl', meaning paper made from tree bark?

Explore the history and stories behind this traditional Mexican art form produced by the Otomi and Nahua communities in the village of San Pablito, Mexico, and learn how to make your own 'Amates'!

This workshop will begin with a brief tour of the exhibition, followed by a fun painting activity.


Free Activity: Games Mela!

NOVEMBER 25, 2018      11:00 am - 05:00 pm

We're celebrating World Heritage Week (19 - 24 November) and the 156th anniversary of when the Museum's Foundation Stone was laid (19 November 1862) by bringing back one of our most popular activities - the Games Mela!

Inspired by the Museum's permanent collection of clay models and dioramas showcasing traditional Indian indoor and outdoor games, we have put together fun games for the entire family!

Games played include snakes & ladders, land and water, kho-kho, hatavarche khachke, zimma, fugdi, langdi, gopa rasa, atak-matak, hopscotch, dog and the bone and many more! There will also be a scavenger hunting activity through the Museum!