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Prince of Wales Museum

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Prince of Wales Museum

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, is the main museum in Mumbai, formerly Bombay.It was founded in the early years of the 20th century by prominent citizens of Bombay, with the help of the government, to commemorate the visit of the then prince of Wales.It is located in the heart of South Mumbai near the Gateway of India.The museum was renamed in the 1990s or early 2000s after Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire.The museum building is built in the IndoSaracenic style of architecture, incorporating elements of other styles of architecture like the Mughal, Maratha and Jain.The museum building is surrounded by a garden of palm trees and formal flower beds.The museum houses approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, categorized primarily into three sections Art, Archaeology and Natural History.The museum houses Indus Valley Civilization artefacts, and other relics from ancient India from the time of the Guptas, Mauryas, Chalukyas and Rashtrakuta.


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