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 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.

What’s On

Online | Science Film Festival

In collaboration with Goethe-Institut

Join us this December, as we look at some entertaining, creative, exciting - and always enriching films on science followed up by fun experiments. The international festival, a celebration of science communication, aims to make science accessible to everyone.

This year’s theme is 'Equal Opportunities in Science' seeks to support recognizing gender stereotypes and dynamics that limit young people in their career and study choices and to reflect on them together with students. The goal is to show young people the entire range of career perspectives and encourage them to follow their individual strengths and interests.

Free and open to all above 8 years
All sessions will be via Zoom
Language: English
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Sat, 3rd Dec 2022

11 am - 12 pm

- Animated GIFs
The film explores science of the 1832 invention of Phenakistoscopes by Plateau and von Stampfer. It then shows a way of children extending their understanding by hand drawing and making their own in a creative workshop using templates.

- Sci-PY Reporter: Every child a scientist
In this episode, our reporter, Mira meets three children who have varied interests and come from different backgrounds. But they are deeply connected through their passion for science and have embraced the opportunities in front of them.

Sat, 10th Dec 2022

11 am - 12 pm

- Mind the Gap - (No) Role Models
Another possible reason for the low proportion of female researchers in science: Are there too few female role models for women in research?

- What is Bionics? - When researchers take a leaf out of nature's book!
In bionics, a mixture of biology and technology, special features from nature are recognized and then used in technology. It's time to take a closer look! What bionic invention have the scientists come up with? And what's the point of robots that look like fish, chameleons or kangaroos?

Sat, 17th Dec 2022

6 pm - 7 pm

- Zenith: The Great Voyage
The film follows a trail of curiosity and fascination with the cosmos through the ages. It is a story of how we set our sights on the ocean and discovered the universe!

- I am deaf - Navina shows us her world
How can you experience music without hearing it? And how does German Sign Language work? This and more is shown in this episode.

Online Science Session | Mining the Sea!

In collaboration with STEAM Academy

English: Wednesday, 16th Nov, 2022 | 11 am - 12 pm

Hindi: Monday, 24th Nov, 2022 | 11 am - 12 pm

Did you know that Mumbai's iconic Marine Drive is located on land that was reclaimed from the sea in the 1920s? Special mechanised boats, known as dredgers, are employed to excavate underwater sediments and thus deepen the channels and harbour. The excavated sediments can be used for land reclamation. Explore the basic science of sedimentation, hydraulics, and the mechanics of dredging with us!

Age: Grade 6 - 8

Charges: Free | Session will be via Zoom. Limited spots available.
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Online Science Session | Crawling Creatures

In collaboration with STEAM Academy

English: Friday, Oct 14, 2022
Hindi: Friday, Oct 28, 2022
11 am - 12 pm

Did you know that it takes between 50,000 and 300,000 lac bugs to manufacture 1 kilogram of shellac, an insect-derived resin? Shellac is used in producing glazed paper, wax crayons, jewellery, bangles, cosmetics, furniture, and decorative objects. Insects are an essential element of our ecology. Come along as we discover more about the Lac insect and other useful insects like bees and silkworms.

The session is conceptualised by Dr. A.P. Jayaraman, founder of the STEAM Academy and delivered by Abhishek Arekar.

Age: Grade 6 - 8 | Charges: Free
Session will be via Zoom. Limited spots available.

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Online Science Session | Ozone Explained

In collaboration with STEAM Academy

English: Friday, September 16, 2022 | 11 am - 12 pm

Hindi: Thursday, September 22, 2022 | 11 am - 12 pm

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. The session is conceptualised by Dr. A.P. Jayaraman, founder of the STEAM Academy and delivered by Abhishek Arekar.

Age: Grade 6 - 8

Charges: Free

Session will be via Zoom. Limited spots available.
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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?

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