Sohini Dey takes RobinAgers on a tour of Mumbai's museums
The afternoon sun shone brightly upon us as we waited in front of the Gateway of India for the Mumbai museum tour to begin. A purple bus belonging to the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) was to be our mode of transport for this special museum tour. The trip promised us a fun-filled history lesson outside the classroom and beyond the chapters of our books. So naturally, we were disappointed to see that we were the only people in the bus. "This is such a good tour, yet there seem to be no takers. The trips are often cancelled because there aren't enough people," said our tour guide Kheersana Yumlembam.
But for all of you who think museums are boring, we an assure you that the tour was fascinating, informative and very enjoyable. Our first stop was Mani Bhavan. This was once Gandhiji's home in Mumbai and has now been converted into a museum. There is a library and photo exhibition here but what we liked best was an exhibit of dolls which depict the story of Gandhiji's life. The next stop was a trip to the recently renovated Bhau Daji Lad Museum. The is grand museum houses a number of articles from old weapons, silks and pottery to models of various Indian tribes and communities. It was a pity that we could spend only half an hour here because the museum had enough to keep us entertained for the entire day.
We had to give the RBI monetary museum and Jehangir Art Gallery a miss due to lack of time so we finished with the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya Museum, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum. This large museum has something for everyone - collections from the ruins of Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa, 16th century paintings, old coins and miniature artworks. We even bought a book on coins from the museum store to remind us of our trip.
We will definitely be going back on the bus to check out the museums that we missed. If you want to join in the fun you can catch a trip on the bus with your parents or friends. The buses run twice daily, at 9am and at 1.30pm. There's no better way to go back in time than this!