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

Free Session | Wonderland of Microbes

In collaboration with STEAM Academy

Dec 9, 2019       10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.

VThe 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


Free Activity | Create your own Mixed Media Art

Inspired by the exhibition 'Kalanand 2019'

NOV 16, 2019       11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Explore the Museum's new exhibition 'Kalanand 2019' showcasing works in different mediums of emerging artists of India. Kalanand is an online contest for artists conducted every year by Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation. The exhibition displays the works of the award-winning artists from the contest.

Explore the wide range of art practices, and make your own artwork inspired by the exhibition.

Venue: Special Project Space, Museum Plaza, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum.
Charges: Museum entry ticket applicable. Materials provided.
Age group: Open to all above the age of 8


Free Session | The Plant Kingdom

NOV 19, 2019      11.00 am - 1.00 pm

In collaboration with STEAM Academy

Look at the plants around you! Can you identify them?

There are thousands of different species of plants in the world. From grass on the ground to a tree nearby, plants are everywhere. They have been on Earth for millions of years. Some have only one cell whereas some are multicellular. In this session, learn about plant taxonomy and understand the fundamental methods of plant classification. Plant taxonomy is the science that finds, identifies, describes, classifies, and names plants.

This programme is curated by Dr. A.P. Jayaraman, founder of the Academy for the Advancement of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). The session will also include a screening of the film as part of the Science Film Festival, in collaboration with Goethe Institute.

Venue: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Language: English
Age: Grade 7 to Grade 10.
Charges: Museum entry ticket applicable.


Free Activity | Attires- Now and Then!

NOV 23, 2019       11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for a tour to learn about the ceremonial and everyday attires of the Maharajas of India from 1850 to 1950s. Compare these to how people in Mumbai dressed in the 19th - 20th century by observing the Museum’s collection of clay models and dioramas that document people, lifestyles, and culture in Mumbai from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

Participants will be encouraged to consider the differences in the attires of the past and the present and be inspired to create their own illustrations to reflect what they see around them in today.

Age: 6-15 years.
Museum entry charges applicable. All materials will be provided

Register at education@bdlmuseum.org


Book Launch | 'Lost and Found' by People Place Project

NOV 30, 2019       4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for the book launch of 'Lost and Found' by author Vinitha followed by a book reading and activity for kids.

Lost and Found is a woven, multi-layered story of an unnoticed cityscape that will leave the readers with a new lens to look at the urban spaces. The book is a part of the ‘City Mosaics’ series where each book together builds the collective story of Mumbai. The series is a collaborative process between the artist Kripa, author Vinitha and the People Place Project studio.

Vinitha is writer, editor, columnist and content consultant. The City Mosaic Series will add to her list of 23 published books for children.

Kripa is an illustrator based in Mumbai. After completing Fine Arts from Sir JJ School of Art, she took up teaching Art and Design.

The People Place Project is a research initiative that explores text as a tool of place making and fosters a spirit of city consciousness. The publications are a way to share narratives that re-read our cities.

Venue: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Open to all. Museum entry ticket applicable. Seating on a first come, first serve basis.