May 19, 2022 – Aug 31, 2022
Curatorial Director: Tasneem Zakaria Mehta
In 1857 when Dr. Bhau Daji Lad and Dr. George Birdwood were trying to persuade a group of merchants and eminent citizens to contribute to the establishment of a new Museum in the then Bombay, Dr. Birdwood presented the proposal as ‘A Hall of Wonder (the Museum) in a Garden of Delight (the Botanical Garden).’
The exhibition ‘A Hall of Wonder’ addresses the sense of wonderment that museums evoke while asking visitors to consider the many possible future museums as we celebrate 150 years of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad 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 creatively engaging with the Museum’s collection of artworks and exhibitions, encouraging critical engagement with Mumbai’s history, and artistic and cultural developments.
Going forward, the Museum will continue to offer online as well as select on-site programmes.
Saturday, 28th May 2022 11 am - 1 pm
With Shruti Sridharan
Two of the core skills of theatre and performance are Voice and Speech. At this workshop we will explore possibilities of using the two to tell our stories better, while playing games and putting our words and voices to creative use.
This workshop will be conducted by Shruti Sridharan co-founder of Sphere Arts Education. Sphere specialises in working at the intersection of Arts and Education, building pathways for long term learning and development of young people through methods steeped in artistic practice. Shruti Sridharan is a trained vocalist, and has been a practicing theatre maker for over two decades.
Charges: Rs.100 per person | Age: 9 - 12
Back in 1857, Mumbai’s first Museum was described as a 'Hall of Wonder', set within a 'Garden of Delight'. Join us this Saturday for a guided tour of our new exhibition 'A Hall of Wonder' and explore the Museum's history along with some of the collection highlights.
Tell us, if we set out to build a Hall of Wonder for 2022, what would you put inside it? Share images with us online, tag us @bdlmuseum or join us for the activity post the Saturday tour!
English: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Marathi/Hindi: 12:30am - 1:30 pm
Thursday, 26 May 2021 11 am - 12 pm
In collaboration with STEAM Academy
Did you know that in the late 1800s, the Museum reared silkworm specimens and displayed them in their natural state? Join us as we learn about the fascinating biology of silkworms, the history of sericulture, and the manufacturing of silk.
Age: Grade 5 - 8 | Language: English
Session will be via Zoom. Limited spots available.
May 7, 2022 11 am - 1 pm
Join Minket Lepcha for an interactive session covering stories from the Lepcha community of Darjeeling and Sikkim. Through the stories, children will explore the folklore of River Teesta and understand the flora and fauna of the region. The session will help children connect with rivers and mountains while also raising ecological awareness.
Minket Lepcha has been engaged with documenting stories and folklore based on communities of Darjeeling and Sikkim for a few years. She has directed a film on River Teesta through SOPPECOM and traced the river from the source till the river leaves the mountain. She is an awardee of Young Green Filmmaker 2016 in Woodpecker International Film Festival for her film Voices of Teesta’.
Age: 8-19 years
Charges: Museum entry ticket applicable
MAY 02, 2022
Go behind the scenes with our conservators and curators and learn how we take care of the Museum objects!
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM for school groups
4 pm to 5 pm for family groups
Museum entry ticket applicable
MAY 01, 2022 04.30 pm - 05.30 pm
With Ulka Mayur
Join us for a storytelling session inspired by a rare book in the Museum’s Library collection titled Deccan Nursery Tales by C. A. Kincaid and illustrated by the renowned artist Rao Bahadur M. V. Dhurandhar. Published in 1914, the book is a collection of popular folktales from the Deccan region of the present-day Maharashtra.
Ulka Mayur is a writer, director and performer. She has a PhD in literature and one of her research areas is folklore. Ulka curates lesser known folktales into performances and stories.
Age group: 5+ | Family groups are welcome
Charges: Museum entry ticket applicable
MAY 01, 2022 11 am - 1 pm
Explore the traditional arts and crafts of Maharashtra through the select, unique objects in the Museum’s collections from across the famous craft clusters in the state! The tour will be led by the Museum’s curatorial team.
11:00 am to 12:00 pm - Tour in English
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm - Tour in Marathi
Charges: Museum entry ticket applicable.
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Solve riddles inspired by the Museum's permanent collection and
Join us as we explore our past exhibitions and discuss their
Share your artworks inspired by the Museum objects!
Established in 1857, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad is the oldest Museum
in Mumbai. It is a treasure house of decorative & industrial art
objects. The richly designed interiors of the Museum include the
encaustic Minton tiles, imported for the Museum in the late 19th
century. These patterns, found on the Grand Staircase & the
Mumbai Gallery, are a treat for our visitors and are an
important part of the city's history.
Piece-by-piece, make a Masterpiece!
How long does it take you to solve this jigsaw puzzle?
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BDL Museum is now on Spotify!
Tune into our curated playlist inspired by the BDL Museum's collection of Ragamala miniature paintings! The Ragamalas in the Museum’s collection are from the Jaipur school of miniatures. Ragamala, meaning 'garland of ragas', is a set of miniature paintings that depict personified ragas of Indian classical music. A raga is a melodic framework in Indian classical music with symbolic associations such as seasons, time, and mood. It is meant to evoke certain emotions among the listeners. Ragas also provide room for improvisation to musicians and singers.
The playlist features some of the most celebrated artists in Indian classical music. It begins with spirited morning ragas, progressing into soulful evening ragas.
Tune into our new playlist dedicated to the city of dreams -
Mumbai. From 'Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan' to 'Gully Boy', the
playlist tries to capture the essence of the city. The playlist
features songs of various musical styles that developed against
the backdrop of the city, ranging from classic Bhendi Bazaar
Gharana that developed in the city in the 1890s to contemporary
Bollywood music. The songs selected for the playlist draw
inspiration from the city and its people