This is the most prominent museum of Mumbai and witnesses a huge volume of tourists all the year round. The Prince of Wales museum is located quite near to the Gateway of India and was founded in the early 20th century by eminent citizens of Mumbai to venerate the visit of the then Prince of Wales. This museum was renamed in the early 21st century after the name of the great ruler and founder of the Maratha Empire, Shivaji.
As I walked inside the museum building I was amazed to discover that it had a possession of about 50,000 exhibits that were a livid embodiment of the history of India. Few of the collectibles were also acquired from foreign lands. The museum is divided into three segments namely, archaeology, art and natural history. It also houses artifacts from the Indus valley civilization along with relics from the ancient times of Guptas, Chalukyas, Mauryas and Rashtrakutas.
I was quite delighted to see the artifacts exhibited in the Prince Wales Museum but what made me feel really attracted towards this building of historic significance was the skill and excellence of the architects who build this museum.
The domes are a clear resemblance of mughal architectural style that is blended in the structure. The interior columns, balcony and railings are significant of Maratha and Jain forms of craftsmanship. Hence for me it was a delight to visit the CSMVS, which is truly a gem of Mumbai.