Learning at the Museum

The Museum offers a rich selection of learning and outreach programmes focused on providing stimulating, participatory experiences that respond to different age, interest and language groups, and recognize a diversity of backgrounds. These experiences are aimed at encouraging critical engagement with Mumbai’s history, and artistic and cultural developments.


What’s On

Summer Fun: Tales at the Museum!

MAY 4 & 5, 2019       10.30 AM - 5.30 PM

A two day story-telling festival inspired by our ongoing exhibition 'Spectral Times'! Listen to unknown stories and discover new ways of telling them!

All sessions are free of cost! Only Museum entry ticket is applicable. Schedule as follows:


Saturday 4th May 2019


10.30 am - 11.30 am

Tour | Hidden Histories of the Museum

This special tour looks deep into around lesser-known objects of the Museum and the hidden stories around them. Join us to uncover the secrets of the Museum and the city itself!

Open to all. Museum entry applicable


11 am - 12:30 pm

Alternative Storytelling | Under the Story Tree

In collaboration with Talking Turtles Storytellers

Storyteller Shreedevi Sunil is set to weave stories with you! Join in as she explores different forms of storytelling, from the Japanese form of Kamishibai to Storytelling using Objects!

Language: Hindi / English
Ages: 6 - 10 years. Museum entry ticket applicable


3.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Museum Tour | Storytelling in Art

There are many ways of telling stories-with words, pictures or even music! Join this tour and discover unusual modes of narrating stories seen in our permanent collection.

Open to all. Museum entry applicable


5.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Alternative Storytelling | Story of Osmosis

In collaboration with the Academy of STEAM

Have you ever thought of learning science through stories? Dr. Jayaraman and the Academy of STEAM will read out a sci-story on osmosis to take back to the classroom!

Language: English
Open to all. Museum entry applicable


11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visual Storytelling | Virtual Stories of Mumbai!

In collaboration with Bambaiyya VR

Close your eyes and think of the city of Mumbai. What do you imagine? The Museum, in collaboration with Bambaiyya VR, offers our visitors a chance to sit through a virtual reality experience that takes you on a taxi ride through the streets of Mumbai! Visit important landmarks and talk to people from three important communities that helped shape the city!


Sunday, 5th May 2019


10.30 am -11.30 am

Tour | Hidden Histories of the Museum

This special tour looks deep into around lesser-known objects of the Museum and the hidden stories around them. Join us to uncover the secrets of the Museum and the city itself! Open to all. Museum entry applicable


11.00 am - 2 pm

Alternative Storytelling | Patachitra workshop + performance

In collaboration with Ekibeki

Pattachitra style of painting, one of the oldest and most popular art forms of West Bengal and Odisha, Pattachitra is a painting done on canvas, manifested by rich colourful application, creative motifs and designs.
Open to all, above the age of 8. Parents can accompany too.
Language: Hindi / English
Limited seats on first come, first serve basis.
REGISTER HERE | Museum entry ticket applicable.


3.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Museum Tour | Storytelling in Art

There are many ways of telling stories-with words, pictures or even music! Join this tour and discover unusual modes of narrating stories seen in our permanent collection.
Open to all. Museum entry applicable


4 pm - 6 pm

Alternative Storytelling

'Language beyond Words'

with Dr. Anagha Bhat - an artist & archaeologist

What stories can you read from prehistoric cave paintings? Dr. Anagha Bhat will show various images of cave art from all over the globe. Participants will be given an idea for a story and create their own cave art illustrating this story! Language: Hindi / English

Open to all. Limited seating on first come, first serve basis. Museum entry ticket applicable.


11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Visual Storytelling | Virtual Stories of Mumbai

In collaboration with Bombaiyya VR

Close your eyes and think of the city of Mumbai. What do you imagine? The Museum, in collaboration with Bombaiyya VR, offers our visitors a chance to sit through a virtual reality experience that takes you on a taxi ride through the streets of Mumbai!

Open to all. Limited seating on first come, first serve basis. Museum entry ticket applicable.

Visit important landmarks and talk to people from three important communities that helped shape the city!
Open to all. Museum entry ticket applicable.
Register HERE
Enquires: education@bdlmuseum.org

The festival is inspired by our ongoing exhibition 'Spectral Times' Sarnath Banerjee. Curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, co-curated by Himanshu Kadam. On view at the Museum from 23 February, 2019 - 26 May, 2019


Special Talk by Bharatnatyam artist - Revanta Sarabhai

At the Education Centre in the Museum Plaza

Saturday, May 11, 2019       5:00 pm

Special Talk

Revanta Sarabhai: From Cosmic Dance to Climate Change

A journey across three generations in dance

Showcasing innovation in the classical art form of Bharatanatyam, Revanta’s contemporary approach to the traditional pandanallur-style margam breathes fresh life into an ancient tradition. Telling stories of long-distance relationships, the environment and its destruction, and globalisation through Bharatanatyam, the artist shares his creative journey while performing excerpts of his work.

Born into a legacy of dance, Revanta is the third generation of classical dancers following his grandmother, the legendary Mrinalini Sarabhai, and his mother, Mallika Sarabhai, both his gurus. Through this talk, he pays homage to his grandmother, with 2019 marking her centenary, and will throw light on the art form as a reflection of the society and times we live in today.

This programme is supported generously by Mr Cyrus Guzder.

Limited seating on a first come, first serve basis.

Register Here.


Storytelling Session: Burrito Has A Butterbody!

MAY 11, 2019       11.00 AM - 12.00 PM

Everyone says that Burrito has a butterbody. The bunny keeps slipping and tripping everywhere he goes! Will Burrito’s day of accidents ever come to an end? Join author, Anushi Mehta to learn about safety and take home your very own first aid kit!

Charges: Open to All | Museum entry ticket applicable

Age Group: 3.5 - 6

Language: English

Register Here.


Celebrate International Museum Day at BDL Museum!

MAY 18, 2019       10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Celebrate International Museum Day at the BDL Museum with fun workshops, Museum tours and activities for the whole family!


WORKSHOP | FUN WITH LEGOS

In collaboration with Sunday Bricks

A fun, hands-on workshop where children will be taught how to use and build a game using Legos!

4 batches available between 10:30 am to 2:45 pm.

Batch 1 - 10.30 am to 11.00 am
Batch 2 - 11.45 am to 12.15 pm
Batch 3 - 01.00 pm to 01.30 pm
Batch 4 - 02.15 pm to 02.45 pm

The Lego workshop will also be available at the same time slots on Sunday, 19 May 2019!

Charges: Rs 100 per child. Accompanying parents need to purchase a Museum entry ticket.

Only 20 seats per batch. Prior registration required.

Register on Bookmyshow


MUSEUM TOURS

11:30 am to 12:30 am - Museum Tour in English

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm - Museum Tour in Marathi

This tour will highlight the story of Mumbai's oldest Museum (established in 1855!), its restoration and a walk through of our collection highlights!

Open to All | Museum entry ticket applicable.


FREE WORKSHOP | 'BECOME A MUSEUM CURATOR'

Time: 11:30 am to 2 pm

Language: English / Hindi

Age group: 12 years and above. Adults can also participate.

Participants in this workshop get to take on the role of a Curator and plan a mock exhibit around a particular theme or object, inspired by the Museum's permanent collection. This workshop encourages participants to curate an image collage of their own displays on themes and stories inspired by the Museum.

Open to All | Museum entry ticket applicable.


FREE ACTIVITY |'SCAVENGER HUNT'

Time: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm

Explore the Museum through a fun 'Scavenger Hunt' activity sheet full of clues and riddles! Available all day at the ticket counter in both Marathi and English!

Open to All | Museum entry ticket applicable.


Fun with Legos!

In collaboration with Sunday Bricks

MAY 18 & 19, 2019       10:30 am - 2:45 pm

A fun, hands-on workshop where children will be taught how to use and build a game using Legos!

4 batches available between 10:30 am to 2:45 pm

Batch 1 - 10.30 am to 11.00 am
Batch 2 - 11.45 am to 12.15 pm
Batch 3 - 01.00 pm to 01.30 pm
Batch 4 - 02.15 pm to 02.45 pm

Age Group: 6 years and abovep

Charges: Rs 100 per head per batch | Inclusive of Museum Tickets and Materials.

All accompanying parents need to buy the Museum entry ticket.

Rigister via BookmyShow.

Only 20 seats available per batch.


Workshop: Create Your Own Zine!

In collaboration with Bombay Underground

MAY 25, 2019       3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Birjis Bari, the fictional character in the exhibition ‘Spectral Times’ by Sarnath Banerjee, is a reporter for a mysterious magazine The Spectral Times that reports the underlying forces that influence contemporary news. He interviews seven people who have had a brush with the otherworldly, in which the unreal becomes real!

Join us for this workshop and create your own zine of fictional encounters around the Museum!

Short for 'magazine', a zine is generally a publication by an individual or a small group, produced on budget. Learn different methods of making a zine and take home your very own!

SPECTRAL TIMES by Sarnath Banerjee

Curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, co-curated by Himanshu Kadam

On view from 23 February, 2019 - 26 May, 2019

Free and open to all above the age of 15. Museum entry tickets applicable.


Free Workshop | 'Creative Awareness'

An Expressive Arts Workshop with Gopika Dahanukar

MAY 26, 2019       10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

'Creative Awareness' is a workshop that is based on a practice of learning to see the world and yourself through an artistic lens. By paying attention to your creative self, you will discover your unique creative personality and initiate a mindful process with arts-making as a way of deepening an understanding of your expression.

This Expressive Arts-based immersive workshop introduces you to working in a sensory-based exploration in and outside the classroom. Participants will explore exercises and move through the arts in multiple modalities of Arts such as contemplative photography, movement, painting, poetry, in an intermodal experience.

About Gopika Dahanukar-
Gopika Dahanukar is an artist, an expressive arts therapist and the founder of Swahansa Expressive Arts India. Drawn to the values found within creative experience, she spent many years in Pondicherry and Auroville exploring this subject and advocated community building with the arts. She has a Masters degree in Fine Arts from PNCA, USA, a Certificate in Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation and Change from UPEACE, a Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy, Canada and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts from the European Graduate School, Switzerland.

Venue: Special Projects Space, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Age Group: 18 years and above

Language: English / Hindi / Marathi

Only 16 spots available on a first come, first serve basis. Register Here


Book Launch - ‘It’s Easy to be You’

By author Radhika Singh, in conversation with Abhinav Bindra

MAY 26, 2019       4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for the Mumbai launch of the book 'It's Easy to be YOU' by author Radhika Singh. The book helps readers enable a shift, change and growth in their lives. Using psychological theory and spiritual perspective, the book hones readers' internal awareness and awakening.

Padma Vibhushan Abhinav Bindra - a former World and Olympic champion in at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games will be joining the author in a panel discussion as part of this book launch.

Radhika Kawlra Singh is a Mind Coach and Subconscious Mind Expert. With a vast experience spanning two decades, she has worked with leading Indian Olympic athletes, heads from the corporate world, teachers from across schools in the country and with children of all age groups.

Venue: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum

Free and open to all. Museum entry ticket applicable. Seating on a first come, first serve basis.


Storytelling Session 'Mysterious Nature'

In collaboration with Katie Bagli and Geetanjali Shetty Kaul

JUNE 2, 2019       10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join us for a storytelling session that takes you to worlds unknown – monsoon treks in the Western Ghats or the untouched, serene lakes in Manipur. Get introduced to a mysterious animals – Black Panther, King Cobra, Stargazer Fish, Giant Squids, and more!

The session brings out the relationship between man and nature, and gently provokes you to think about our role and place in the environment. The nuggets of information about the animals in the story is a great way to learn more about our animal kingdom!

We will start with a 30 mins nature trail at the Byculla Zoo next door. Participants are requested to assemble at the Education Centre of the Museum by 10:20 am!

About Katie Bagli -
Katie Bagli is passionately fond of nature and shares this love through her writings – in story books as well as children’s magazines. Besides writing, Katie enjoys her role as a nature volunteer too, taking people for trails and revealing fascinating facts about nature. Katie is also a part of Save Rani Bagh Foundation to increase awareness about its rich botanical diversity.

About Geetanjali Shetty Kaul -
Founder of Secret Passages and an experienced storyteller and educator over two decades, Geetanjali uses Neuro Linguistic Programming, theatre, and mindfulness in her approach. She is passionate about process-based interventions that facilitate group learnings.

Assemble at the Special Projects Space in the Museum Plaza at 10:20 am.

Age group: 6 - 10 year olds

Charges: Rs 100 per head inclusive of Museum and Zoo entry tickets. Register Here