Free Public Tours

Explore the Museum with the
curatorial team every weekend.

Time: Saturday and Sunday
11:30 am English Tour
12:30 pm Hindi/Marathi Tour
Open to all.
Museum ticket applicable.
Closed on Wednesdays.


The Museum’s extensive outreach includes theatre, performance, public lectures and film as well as programmes in collaboration with other organizations.

What’s On

Mumbai Local with Junoon

At the Education Centre in the Museum Plaza

Get involved in this interactive session where artists and scientists share their stories with the public.

Sunday, MAY 14, 2017

The People’s Biennale: The socio-cultural-political aspirations of Kochi-Muziris Biennale
5:00 pm

We are delighted to invite Riyas Komu - artist, curator and Director of Programmes for Kochi-Muziris Biennale - to Mumbai Local. In 2012, Riyas Komu, along with Bose Krishnamachari, led the inaugural edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale - a festival that instantly caught the imagination of India, artists and audiences alike. Today, this Biennale has become a draw for locals and a part of the travel calendar for more and more people across the country and across all walks of life.

"Making provokes thinking." This is also one of the critical insights driving the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, which actively encourages art production. In this Mumbai Local, Riyas will highlight the spirit of inquiry that has helped the Biennale move away from parodically simplified images, to create civic, cultural, and critical spaces for thinking, looking, and learning. Look forward to an evening of rich stories and images, an informed reflection on the contemporary, and a gripping insight into how the Biennale creates shared experiences to question, resist and provoke.

Join us for a journey with an artist Riyas Komu who keenly understands the connection between the arts and the society we live in.

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Venue: Education Centre
Entry free with Museum ticket


About the Speaker

Riyas Komu is a multi-media artist and curator working towards developing and strengthening the art ecosystem, art infrastructure and art education in India. He co-founded and co-curated Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2012 featuring 89 artists from 23 countries. He has since been its Director of Programmes. He curated the inaugural edition of Young Subcontinent, featuring artists from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal, at the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa in 2016.

His works have been exhibited extensively in India and abroad. His works derive energy from social movements and are part of the larger narrative of the making and unmaking of artistic influences in society and draws from the cultural history of Kerala and India.

In 2007 he was one of two artists from India to be selected by curator Robert Storr for the 52nd Venice Biennale, He was also part of the Iran pavilion at Venice Biennale 2015. His works have been exhibited in the Jogja Biennale, Indonesia, Yinchuan Biennale, GEM Museum for Contemporary Art (The Hague, The Netherlands, 2009), The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo, Norway, 2009), The Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art (Shanghai, China, 2009) and the Gwangju Emerging Asian Artists Exhibition (Gwangju, Korea, 2010). He worked with the national football teams of India and Iraq and his works were shown at the Tel Aviv Museum of art in 2010, and at the Paris-Delhi-Bombay exhibition in 2012 at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. In 2012 he co-curated football film festivals at the International Film Festival of India, Goa and at the International Film Festival of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.

About Junoon

The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is glad to partner with Junoon, co-founded by Sanjana Kapoor and Sameera Iyengar, to present Mumbai Local - a community arts initiative. Mumbai Local dream is to build generous and inclusive communities of people across Mumbai by embedding the arts into our collective neighbourhood experience.

Live Music

With the Natural Streets for the Performing Arts (NSPA)

Visitors can be a part of this exciting outdoor experience. NSPA performances are held at the Museum Plaza through the year on the third Sunday of every month.

Sunday, MAY 7, 2017

Marathi Folk
Yalgaar Sathi Band
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Uttarakhandi Folk
Mountone Saaz 3
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday, MAY 21, 2017

Uttarakhandi Folk
Mountone Saaz 3
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Indie Pop
Boys from South Park
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The Natural Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA) is a non-profit initiative to revive a culture of public performances and support the livelihoods of artists. Launched in October 2012, NSPA hosts musical performances for a total of 37 hours every week across 6 major railway stations on the Western and Central Rail Networks, and the Horniman Circle Gardens at Fort, Mumbai.

NSPA seeks to reclaim public spaces for the arts encouraging greater interaction between artists and the community, creating vibrant spaces of cultural interaction and energising the very city and its people with greater art consciousness. They work towards securing the livelihoods of independent artists across diverse art forms, thus, enabling them to follow their passion and take their art to new and larger audiences.