About the CSMVS
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India) is one the premier art and history museums in India situated in the Crescent Site on the southern tip of Mumbai. The Museum building is designed in the Indo-Saracenic architectural style and is listed a Grade I Heritage Building. The Museum houses a world class collection of over 50,000 artifacts which comprises various forms of art from India and beyond i.e. the Far-East, Nepal, Tibet and Europe. It has an important archaeological collection and a natural history section, which are major attractions for children. This spectacular collection comprises of purchases and generous donations from discerning collectors such as Sir Ratan Tata and Sir Dorabji Tata. Several artifacts have been acquired from Seth Purshottam Mavji, Karl and Meherbai Khandalavala and the Archaeological Survey of India.
The Museum has won an award for Heritage Building Maintenance by the Indian Heritage Society. It has also been awarded the ‘2010 UNESCO Asia – Pacific Heritage Award’ for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
About the British Museum
Founded in 1753, the British Museum was the first national public museum in the world. From the outset it was a museum of the world, for the world, and this idea still lies at the heart of the Museum’s purpose today. The collection tells the stories of cultures across the world, from the dawn of human history, over two million years ago, to the present. Objects range from the earliest tools made by humans and wonders from the ancient world to more recent acquisitions from Africa, Oceania and the Americas, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, as well as the national collections of prints and drawings, and coins and medals. In addition to work in London, the Museum takes part in an extensive programme of loans and tours, both across the UK and throughout the world. The British Museum has a longstanding relationship with CSMVS, having worked in partnership with CSMVS on the India Leadership Training Programme and on loans such as the Cyrus Cylinder.
About the National Museum
National Museum, New Delhi is the premier museum of India. It houses an impressive collection of artefacts from across the country and the world. It has over 2,00,000 art objects representing 5,000 years of Indian art and craftsmanship. The collection includes sculptures in stone, bronze, terracotta and wood, a large collection of miniature paintings and manuscripts, coins, arms and armour, jewellery, textile, costumes and anthropological objects. Antiquities from Central Asia and Pre-Columbian artefacts form the two non- Indian collections in the Museum. The Museum is the custodian of the treasure trove of India’s multilayered history and multicultural heritage.
Each year, National Museum brings more artifacts from the Reserved Collection to display in renovated galleries, ensuring that collections remain updated with recent scholarship and accessible to the public. Additionally, the Museum partners with stakeholders to enhance visitor experience through lectures, guided tours, workshops and bulletins. National Museum organizes informational and educational programmes, musical performances, activity trails and symposiums around exhibitions to engage students and visitors. In its efforts to accentuate the experience and enjoyment of Indian art and culture, National Museum also exerts a strong presence digitally to bring its collections to the fore and increase online accessibility. Always aiming to secure unhindered accessibility, National Museum co-ordinates its various functions through the following departments: Conservation Laboratory, Display, Education, Exhibition Cell, Library, Modelling, Photography, Publication Department and Outreach Department.