May 19, 2022 – Oct 04, 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.
16 & 22 Sept 2022 11 am – 12 pm
In collaboration with STEAM Academy
The ozone layer is a shield of gas that protects the Earth from the harmful rays of the Sun and helps in preserving life on the planet. However, beginning in the 1970s, scientific evidence showed that the ozone shield was being depleted far more rapidly than naturally. Learn some fascinating ozone-related facts as we observe World Ozone Day and focus on preserving this important layer.
English: Friday, September 16, 2022
Hindi: Thursday, September 22, 2022
11 am - 12.30 pm
Age: Grade 6 - 8
Session will be via Zoom. Limited spots available.
Register : email@example.com
Monday, 15th August, 2022 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
This Independence Day, join us for a special tour of the BDL Museum! As India celebrates 75 years of Independence, the Museum celebrates 150 years since it opened to the public in 1872. Explore the Museum's journey, stories behind the objects and get an insight into how the Museum collection evolved through a span of 150 years right from its early days, through the Independence movement, to contemporary times!
English: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Marathi: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Age: 10 years and above
Charges: Museum Entry Ticket Applicable
Saturday, 13th August, 2022 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
In collaboration with Story Circus
In celebration of 75th Independence Day, join us at the Museum with Ulka Mayur as she brings back some new stories in her performance 'Discovery of India with Folktales'. The stories will transport children and adults alike through the length and breadth of India with handpicked folklores from the country.
Age group: 5 to 12 years. Parents can accompany children.
Language: English & Hindi. No prior registration needed.
Seating will be on first come first serve basis.
Friday, 12th August, 2022 11 am - 12 pm
In collaboration with STEAM Academy
Cotton played a crucial role in the struggle for India’s Independence and in building the city of Mumbai. In the late 19th century, the Museum also won several medals at international and domestic exhibitions for sending the best examples of raw cotton. But do you know how exactly the fluffy cotton balls are converted into smooth fibres? Join us as we learn more about this natural fibre that once formed the backbone of Mumbai's socio-economic history!
Sunday, 07 August 2022 11 am - 12 pm
Presented in collaboration with Canada in India (High Commission of 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 this fun and educational monthly film screenings!
Age: 5 years +
Venue: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Museum entry ticket applicable
Limited Seating on first come first basis.
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
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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?
Share a screenshot and tag us @bdlmuseum on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
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