Free Public Tours

Explore the Museum with the
curatorial team every weekend.

Time: Saturday and Sunday
11:30 am English Tour
12:30 pm Hindi/Marathi Tour
Open to all.
Museum ticket applicable.
Closed on Wednesdays.


Oct 02, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019        10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Classic Miniature Costumes

Inspired from ceremonial and everyday attires of the Maharajas of India from 1850-1950s.

By Geeta Khandelwal

In this exhibition, textile artist Geeta Khandelwal has meticulously recreated miniature garments of ceremonial and everyday attire of the maharajas of India, drawing on fabric and styles over a span of a hundred years, from 1850 to 1950. Geeta has based her recreations on references drawn from the Calico Museum’s publication ‘Indian Costumes in the Collection of the Calico Museum of Textiles’ by B N Goswamy and Kalyan Krishna (1993). Following patterns available in the book, Geeta has recreated male attire consisting of long robes known as jamas, angarkhas, choghas or sherwanis. Each miniature garment has been hand-stitched, in collaboration with master tailors and embroiderers.


Oct 10, 2019 - Dec 10, 2019        10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Kalanand 2019

An exhibition of Emerging Artists of India

In collaboration with Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation

Initiated five years ago by the Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation, Kalanand is an online contest that has been consistently encouraging emerging artists from across India, providing a wide accessibility to people from cities as well remote areas. This year, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum has collaborated with Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation to exhibit the works of winners of the contest in an effort to provide a platform to nurture and encourage upcoming artists. The exhibition presents the nine winning entries, the three highest ranking from each category - Painting, Drawing and New Media.

Public Lecture

Dec 07, 2019        6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Public Lecture | 'Imagined Homeland' by Sharbendu De

Imagined Homeland (2013-19) is a seven-year-long surrealistic exploration of the mythical life of the indigenous Lisu tribe living inside the dense forests of Namdapha National Park on the India-Myanmar border in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

What is represented and what is not? How is it represented, and why? Do photographers present the mere body in their work, continuing our fetishistic obsession with the material, or do they also capture the spirit and other intangible qualities mankind inherits while telling stories of communities? Through an illustrated talk, De will discuss the problems of representation and present his work as a form of cultural resistance against classical approaches, encouraging exploration of alternate aesthetics.

Sharbendu De is a lens-based artist, academic and writer from India with over 15 years of experience. He has MA in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster, London (2010).


8 Dec 2019        3:30 pm - 6 pm

Science Film Festival | Plastic Pollution

In collaboration with Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai

We are excited to collaborate with Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai to host International Science Film Festival!

Sunday, 8 December, 2019
3:30 pm – 6 pm

Theme: Plastic Pollution

Film: Earth to Future: A future without Plastic
Directed by Kai Schmitt (Studioregie)

Film: Plastic Cup – The Official Story of the Plastic Pirates
Directed by David Attila Molnar

Programme includes:
- Museum Tour
- Learn creative ways on how you can recycle and reuse plastic


DEC 08, 2019        05:00 pm - 06:30 pm

Mumbai Local with Junoon

In Search of the Lost Worlds of Tawaifs With Saba Dewan
We are delighted to invite Saba Dewan - filmmaker, writer, feminist - to Mumbai Local, to share with us her journey that culminated in Tawaifnama. She will be in conversation with Paromita Vohra - filmmaker, writer, agent of ishq, and curator of this session. Together, they will explore tawaif culture, notions of creativity they offer us, what has been lost and what persists, the relationship between pleasure and art, the intertwined histories of women. They will also discuss the ethics of documenting when writing about a family that is living and aspiring to social acceptance after their profession has been shamed.


DEC 01 & 15, 2019        04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Live Music

with the Natural Streets for the Performing Arts (NSPA)
Listen to Covers of International Music, Percussion Music, Instrumental Violin and Indie Music at the Museum Plaza!


DEC 19, 2019        6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Movies at the Museum

Movies at the Museum | 56th Edition

Janani's Juliet

(Tamil with English Subtitles, 53 min, 2019)

Direction, Camera, Sound Design and Editing - Pankaj Rishi Kumar

Location sound and Associate director - C. Vinayak Ram

Sound mix - Pritam Das

Produced by - Public Service Broadcast Trust

Deeply disturbed by a spate of honour killings, a Pondicherry based theatre group set out to introspect the implications of caste, class & gender in society. They adapt Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' for their own production and critically reflect on contemporary Indian society. 'Janani's Juliet' is India's official entry to the Oscars this year.

Curated by Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar


DEC 22, 2019       04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Children’s Film Festival l

In collaboration with Canada

The Museum is delighted to present 'Children’s Film Festival' featuring exciting Canadian animated stories about children and their freedom, rights and values. Join us for these fun and educational monthly film screenings!


DEC 27, 2019        04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Film Screening | From the Palettes collection by Alain Jaubert

In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay

The Palettes series of documentaries explores great paintings throughout the history of art. From the canvas to the type of brush used by the artist, from the historical or individual context of the painting to the characters displayed in its features, each episode uses the finest technology to uncover the endless secrets a work can hide.


Dec 9, 2019        10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Free Session | Wonderland of Microbes

In collaboration with STEAM Academy

346 years ago, scientist Anton von Leeuwenhoek combined a couple of lenses together and created the first microscope. The discovery of the microscope helped in exploring a new world of microbes. Did you know that microbes make up the largest number of living organisms on the planet with more than trillions of microbes around the Earth!

Join us for a session on microbes and learn all about Bacteria, Virus, Algae, Fungi and Protozoa. Understand how some microbes are harmful to the human body while others are beneficial.

The program is curated by Dr. A.P. Jayaraman, founder of the STEAM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and delivered by Abhishek Arekar.

Language: Hindi
Venue: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Age: Grade 8 and 9 (Maharashtra State Board)
Charges: Museum entry ticket applicable


DEC 21 & 22 DEC 2019        11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Celebrate Christmas at the Museum!

This holiday season, join us at the Museum with your entire family for fun, DIY activities!

Saturday, 21 Dec, 2019

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Craft Your own Christmas Decor!

Create unique Christmas decorations for your homes using all sorts of waste.

Age group: 5 years and above

Charges: Museum entry ticket applicable.

Venue: Museum Plaza, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

All materials will be provided by the Museum.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Recycled Pop-Up Christmas Cards

Make pop-up Christmas cards for your nearest and dearest using recycled paper, card and magazine cuttings.

Age group: 5 years and above

Charges: Museum entry ticket applicable.

Venue: Museum Plaza, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

All materials will be provided by the Museum

Sunday, 22 Dec, 2019

11 am - 1 pm

Design your own Wrapping Paper

Wrap your gifts in wrapping papers created with designs inspired by the Museum’s collection. In this workshop, kids will use plastic-free brown papers and create their own designs through stamps.

Age group: 5 years and above

Charges: Museum entry ticket applicable.

Venue: Museum Plaza, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

All materials will be provided by the Museum