Do you know that Maharashtra is residence to one of India’s oldest museums? Yes, the Central Museum in Nagpur was founded in 1863, and the state has since added many other museums to its list of attractions. There are now 13 government museums located in Maharashtra.
Some of them are listed below:
1. New Palace Kolhapur
The New Palace in Kolhapur, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj’s palace, is a blend of British and Hindu architecture. Costumes, weaponry, games, jewellery, needlework, and paraphernalia like silver elephant saddles are among the museum’s collection of descendants of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharajji. The museum also has one of Aurangzeb’s swords. Another intriguing element is that each glass displays artwork depicts Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja’s life events. The museum is flanked by a lovely garden, a gorgeous lake, and an awe-inspiring zoo.
2. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune
This museum houses a collection of 21,000 objects from all around the world. Dr D. G. Kelkar established this museum as a memorial to his boy, who died when he was seven years old. A remarkable collection of musical instruments, Mughal lamps, antiquities, and paintings from the legendary epic Ramayana may be seen here. Mastani Mahal, one of the museum’s main attractions, has lavish décor, huge chandeliers, and exquisite paintings.
3. Central Museum, Nagpur
The Nagpur Central Museum, also known as Ajab Bangla, is one of India’s oldest museums, with a diverse collection of sculptures, historical inscriptions, paintings, Mughal and British weapons, coins, and prehistoric finds. There is also a tribal gallery with personal items used by tribals, such as boomerangs and tobacco boxes.
4. The RBI Monetary Museum in Fort, Mumbai
If you want to view a coin collection on display, go here. The museum’s coin collection spans over a thousand years, from 500 B.C. to the present. It depicts the history of money over time, how and why gold plays a crucial role in our culture and the origins of the RBI. The museum also has a 7-foot ‘Yap’ Stone and an interactive gold mining display.