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

Independence Day Special | BDL Museum Tour

Monday, 15th August, 2022

English: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Marathi: 2:00 pm - 3:00 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!

Age: 10 years and above
Charges: Museum Entry Ticket Applicable
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Storytelling Performance | Discovery of India with Folktales

In collaboration with Story Circus

Saturday, 13th August, 2022
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

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.

Ulka is a writer, director and performer. She has a PhD in literature and one of her research areas is folklore. She curates lesser known folktales into performances and stories.

Age group: 5 to 12 years. Parents can accompany children.
Language: English & Hindi
Charges: Museum entry ticket applicable.
Museum entry tickets will be applicable separately.
Venue: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum. No prior registration needed.
Seating will be on first come first serve basis.

Online Science Session | Cotton: From Fibre to Fabric

In collaboration with STEAM Academy

Friday, 12 August 2022
11 am - 12 pm

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!

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

Age: Grade 6 - 8
Language: English
Charges: Free
Session will be via Zoom. Limited spots available.
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Children's Film Festival

Presented in collaboration with Canada in India (High Commission of Canada)

Sunday, August 07, 2022
11 am - 12 pm

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!

Sunday: By Patrick Doyon | 2011 | 9 min

At Home with Mrs. Hen: By Tali | 2006 | 7 min

Big Drive: By Anita Lebeau | 2011 | 9 min

The Boy and the Snow Goose: By Gayle Thomas | 1984 | 10 min

The Dingles: By Les Drew | 1988 | 7 min

Alphabet: By Elliot Noyes | 1966-67 | 6 mins

The Cat Came Back: By Cordell Barker |1988 | 7 min

Click HERE to know more about the films.

Age: 5 years +
Venue: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Museum entry ticket applicable
Limited Seating on first come first basis.

Walk in 'A Hall of Wonder'

English: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Marathi/Hindi: 12:30am - 1:30 pm

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!

Charges: Free

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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