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

Online Session | All About Birds

Wed, 8th Dec, 2021
11 am - 12 pm

Did you know that many scientists believe that birds evolved from dinosaurs? For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, the origin of birds was widely debated. Over millions of years, bird species have developed and diversified, resulting in over 10,000 different species. Join us for a session, as we learn about the origin and evolution of birds.

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

Inspired by the ongoing exhibition ‘Birds of India: Company Paintings c. 1800 to 1835'. Presented by Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in collaboration with DAG.

Age: Grade 7 - 9
Language: English | Charges: Free
Session will be via Zoom. Limited spots available.
Register: education@bdlmuseum.org

Online Storytelling Session | Our Feathered Friends

Sun, 12th Dec, 2021
11 am - 12 pm

Join us for a storytelling session as children's author Katie Bagli takes you on a journey of birds. Learn some bizarre trivia about these feathered friends, get regaled by a feathery story, and give wings to your imagination in a fun activity!

Katie Bagli is passionately fond of nature and shares this love through her writings – in story books as well as children’s magazines. Besides writing, Katie enjoys her role as a nature volunteer too, taking people for trails and revealing fascinating facts about nature. Katie is also a part of Save Rani Bagh Foundation to increase awareness about its rich botanical diversity.

The session is inspired by the ongoing exhibition ‘Birds of India’ that displays Company Paintings c. 1800 to 1835. The exhibition is presented by Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in collaboration with DAG.

Sunday, 12th Dec, 2021
11 am - 12 pm
Age Group: 8 years and above | Language: English
Charges: Free | Session will be via Zoom. Limited spots available.
Register Here

Online Theatre Workshop | Storyplay!

Sat, 18th Dec, 2021
4 pm - 6 pm

Who doesn't love listening to stories? And enacted stories are exciting and fun to watch! Join us and explore the play within the story and the story within the play!

Chinmay Kelkar is a writer, playwright and actor who works towards dramatizing children's literature. In this session, he'll teach kids how to craft a play from a story! Know More.

Charges: Free | Language: Marathi
Session will be via Zoom. Limited spots available.
Register Here

Online Festive Fun | LEGO Christmas

Sun, 19th Dec, 2021
11 am - 12 pm

This festive season, jazz up your Christmas decorations with LEGO bricks and blocks. Join us for a workshop with Sunday Bricks to make your own LEGO Christmas Tree decorations.

Material - 80 to 100 assorted LEGO Bricks & Blocks + 2 small Satin Ribbon / 2 Wool thread (10 cms each)

Age: 6+, parents welcome to play and build as well.
Charges: Free | Language: English
Session will be via Zoom. Limited spots available.
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Marathi Storytelling Session

Sat, 25th Dec, 2021
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

In collaboration with Goshtarang

Performed by Ram Saidpure

This is a story about a baby elephant named Neena. While Neena’s parents are away, Neena becomes friends with a cat. Soon, Neena also begins behaving like a cat and Neena’s parents get worried! Will they continue to be friends? To know what happens next, join us online for an interactive storytelling session!

'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.

Age: 6 - 14
Language: Marathi
Free and open to all.
Session will be via Zoom. Limited slots.
Register Here

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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