Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, previously known as the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, is a top-tier museum showcasing art and history in India. The museum was established as a not-for-profit organization under Act III of 1909 by the Bombay Legislation during the Bombay Presidency era, named the Prince of Wales Museum Act (now known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Act).
The museum is an autonomous institution that receives no aid from the government but is supported by public-private partnerships. Located on the southern tip of Mumbai on the ‘Crescent Site,’ the building is an excellent example of Indo-Saracenic architecture.
The building is now listed as a Grade I Heritage Building and has received the ‘2022 Award of Excellence of the UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.’ In 2018, the Museum was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, part of the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble in Mumbai. In 2019, the Museum received the highest (Platinum) rating from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for its outstanding leadership in environmental management. CSMVS is possibly the first museum located in a heritage building and a heritage precinct to achieve such a distinction.
The CSMVS Museum’s collection consists of 70,000 historic and artistic works made from various materials and techniques. These objects reflect the history of humanity from the Stone Age to modern times. The museum has played a crucial role in raising awareness and sensitivity towards its rich collection through various visitor-friendly education programs and academic activities. It has also made significant contributions to the preservation of heritage by setting an example in the field.
How to reach
By Air: The nearest airport is Mumbai International Airport
By Rail: Nearest station is Churchgate station in Mumbai, Maharashtra
By Road: Tourists can take a bus or cab