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Nirmolika Sangha | Saturday, 26 December 2015 AT 07:38 PM IST
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To know more about the culture of a city, a visit to the museum may prove fruitful. We take a look at the famous museums in Maharashtra.

A painting by Thomas Daniell titled ‘Entrance to the Cave of Elephanta’ at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

Established in the early 1900s, the museum was opened for public in 1922. It is known for its large collection of antiquities like pottery and terracotta figurines from Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, and Buddhist monasteries of Gandhara, and Indian miniatures. Maratha textiles, arms and armour from the collection of Seth Purushottam Mavji are on display too.

Then, there are sculptures from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Kashmir. Visual aesthetic lovers can admire the collection of the works of Bonifacio Veronese, Mattia Preti, among other great painters.

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune

It houses the collection of Dr Dinkar Kelkar, who travelled across the country, looking for interesting objects to add to his collection. In the museum, there are curios and artefacts like embroidered textiles, sculptures and antique copper vessels. Also on display is a collection of musical instruments and lamps. A unique feature of the museum is the Peshwai room, which is a recreation of a room in the palace of Mastani, Peshwa Bajirao I’s beloved.

Nagpur Central Museum, Nagpur

The museum — spread across 11 galleries, each with a different theme — was opened to the public in 1862. The collection has been acquired from Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Vidarbha and some parts of Western Maharashtra. The museum houses sculptures and ‘sati’ memorials, representative collections of fossils, minerals, pottery, beads, coins, inscriptions and more. There is a gallery on the history of Nagpur too.

Kolhapur Town Hall Museum, Kolhapur

The museum was originally built to house relics excavated from a hillock called Brahmapuri. It began with the collection of weaponry and pottery, and subsequently acquired works of distinguished artists from Kolhapur. The exhibits are divided into seven sections, namely portraits, paintings, archaeological, sculpture, metal, weapons and miscellaneous. The archaeological section houses the  findings of the Brahmapuri excavation.

RBI Monetary Museum, Mumbai

Started in 2004, this museum is part of the Reserve Bank of India’s educational and outreach programme. It was conceived to document, preserve and present Indian currency. It tracks the history of money in the country. It houses representative collections of original coins, notes and financial instruments. The museum is divided into various sections that follow the journey of money from its origin to evolution of coined money, to later the notes. It also displays the evolution of banking, and the demand and supply management in the country.

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