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

कथाकथनाचं सदर

गोष्टरंगच्या सहयोगाने
सादरकर्ता: वर्धन देशपांडे

शनिवार, सप्टेंबर १८ २०२१
सकाळी ११ - दुपारी १२

डिप डिप नावाच्या एका खोडकर आणि द्वाड पोरीनं आपल्या एका मैत्रिणीच्या बोक्याला हुडकून काढण्यासाठी केलेल्या साहसी मोहीमेची गोष्ट म्हणजे “पकडा त्या मांजराला”. डिप डिप ही काही सामान्य मुलगी नाही. तिच्या बाबतीत एक अशी गोष्ट आहे जी कळल्यावर आपल्याला तिची ही साहसी मोहीम आणखीच चित्तथरारक वाटते. अशी कुठली ती गोष्ट? “पकडा त्या मांजराला” ही गोष्ट वर्धन दादा सांगणार आहे. सोबत गाणी, गप्पा आणि दंगा आहेच. चला तर मग, डिप डिपसोबत तुम्ही पण या तिच्या मोहिमेवर... शिवाय तुमच्या सगळ्या मित्रांना, मैत्रिणींना घेऊन डिप डिपला 'online' भेटायला नक्की या.

‘गोष्टरंग’ हा क्वेस्ट चा अभिनव उपक्रम आहे, ज्यात नाटक या माध्यमाचा वापर वाचन- लेखनाच्या समृद्धी साठी केला जातो. प्रशिक्षितनाट्यकर्मी बालसाहित्याचे सादरीकरण करतात आणि त्या गोष्टींवर आधारित मुलांसोबत वाचन-लेखनाचे उपक्रम घेतात.

वयोगट: ६ - १२
भाषा: मराठी
मोफत आणि सर्वांसाठी खुले.
सदर zoom वर आयोजित करण्यात येत आहे. मर्यादित नोंदणीव्यवस्था.
नोंदणीसाठी इथे क्लिक करा

Storytelling Session

In collaboration with Goshtarang
Performed by Vardhan Deshpande

Saturday, Sep 18, 2021
11 AM - 12 PM

This is a story about a girl named Dip Dip. When her friend’s cat, Kaapi, gets lost, Dip Dip goes off to look for it on the road, inside dustbins, behind houses, under bushes, everywhere. And when Kaapi finally climbs up a tree and can’t come down, the only thing to do is…? Let’s meet Dip Dip and find out what happens next! Vardan Deshpande is all set to take you all on this thrilling journey with Dip Dip! Join us online to listen to the story, sing songs, and have fun!

'Goshtarang' is an innovative project by QUEST where they use 'theatre', as a part of a reading and writing enhancement program. Trained theatre professionals perform stories based on children's literature.

Storytime Saturday | Ganesha and 21 Modaks!

Presented by Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

We know that Lord Ganesha is offered 21 modaks. But why is he offered exactly 21 modaks? Join Kathanika for a special storytelling session to find out!

Then, get ready to make your own modak!
(fireless cooking)

This session is free of charge!
Age Group: 5 - 12 years
The session will be conducted via Zoom. The link will be sent to the registered participants a day prior.
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Conducted by Dr. Sherline Pimenta K, researcher, experience curator, and Master Storyteller at Kathanika. Her interests include narrative studies, experience design, communication design, and visual language. Sherline has a Master in Communication Design and a Ph.D. in Storytelling from IIT Bombay.

Read with Me! | Goplu’s Train Ride

With Author Timira Gupta
Presented by Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Conceptualised by Shinibali Mitra Saigal

SEP 25, 2021
4 PM - 5 PM

Let's hop on to a Mumbai Local and discover the power of a smile, with writer and educator, Timira Gupta. Timira will introduce us to her new book Goplu's Train Ride, published by Pratham Books and we will meet little Goplu and his new friend. Timira will chat about train journeys, all the people we meet in them, and how smiles can change everything.

Timira is an educator, a trained Arts-Based Therapy (ABT) practitioner, and has authored three children’s picture books. She uses different artistic forms like drama, story-telling, visual art and circus arts to work with children from different backgrounds, including children at risk and children in conflict with law.

Age: 5+
Free and Open to all
Session will be via Zoom
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Read with Me is conceptualised by Shinibali Mitra Saigal, senior editor at Pratham books, India's largest non-profit children’s publishing house. Previously, Shinibali was co-founder and curator of Kahani Karnival, a Festival of Stories, and a journalist and childrens’ editor for many years.

Science Session | Looking through the Glass!

In collaboration with the STEAM Academy

SEP 27, 2021
11 am - 12 pm

Glass is utilised in a variety of applications, including laptop displays, windows, and artefacts. But have you ever thought about how it's made? Did you know that the first man-made glass was created by melting a large amount of sand? Join us for a session to learn about the history of glass as well as the current science and technology that is bringing in the New Glass Age.

The session is curated by Dr. A.P. Jayaraman, founder of the STEAM Academy and delivered by Jasvinder Kaur.

Age: Grade 7 - 9
Language: English
Charges: Free
Session will be via Zoom. Limited spots available.

While you stay at home, BDL Museum helps you creatively engage with a vast selection of artworks from our collections and exhibitions. We are running interactive games and stories that reveal interesting historical facts as well as ideas about contemporary art at the Museum!

Tuesday Talks

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to revisit our past talks by eminent scholars.
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Treasure Hunt Tuesdays

Solve riddles inspired by the Museum's permanent collection!

Download Worksheet in English

Flashback Fridays

Join us as we explore our past exhibitions and discuss their continuing relevance.
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Sunday Sketches

The Museum's collection showcases innovations in design and motifs that were in vogue in the late 19th - early 20th century. Create your own objects inspired by the designs you see in our collection!

Download: Worksheet 1

Colouring Sheets

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.

Colour in the sheets using your chosen medium and send us your pictures of your completed drawing via email or by tagging us @bdlmuseum on social media platforms!

Download: Worksheet 1

Download: Worksheet 2

Download: Worksheet 3

Playlists on Spotify

BDL Museum is now on Spotify. Tune into our new, curated playlists!


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.

Disclaimer: The playlist is strictly for non-commercial and entertainment use and in accordance with Spotify Brand Account.


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.

Disclaimer: The playlist is strictly for non-commercial and entertainment use and in accordance with Spotify Brand Account.

Jigsaw Puzzles

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.

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