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

Festive Fun: Make Your Own Rakhi!

August 11, 2019       10:30 am - 1:30 pm

In Collaboration with Ekibeki

With Raksha Bandhan around the corner what would be a better gift for your brother (or sister!) than a hand-made Rakhi. In collaboration with Ekibeki, join us to create DIY Rakhis and copper enamel rakhis with a Patwa Artist. Patwas are a community of jewelers and weavers who work mainly with silver and golden threads. Explore the colours, patterns and designs in Museum's permanent collection and get inspired to create your own, unique Rakhi!

This activity is free and open for all! For those who would like to use copper enamel beads in their Rakhis will need to pay INR 50 to the craftsman on the spot.

All materials will be provided. Museum entry ticket applicable. Prior registrations required due to limited materials.

Age: Open to all over 8 years of age. Adults and family groups can participate.

Register: education@bdlmuseum.org


Free Session | Ashes to Flashes

August 13, 2019       11:00 am - 1:00 pm

A Talk on the Evolution & History of Electricity

In collaboration with STEAM Academy

Join us for a session that will take you on a journey of electricity. From humans discovering fire by rubbing dry wood and stones to electricity being available in households at the switch of a button, we have come a long way. Burning fossil fuels, taming waterfalls and tides, splitting and fusing atoms, capturing sunlight, we march on our electric journey. Learn how electricity has evolved through the years.

The session will be conducted by Namrata Mankad who has a Masters in Engineering with 13 years of teaching experience. This programme is curated by Dr. A.P. Jayaraman, founder of the STEAM Academy (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).

'About STEAM Academy:
This programme is curated by Dr. A.P. Jayaraman, founder of the Academy for the Advancement of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) stories in 2018, which focuses on creating awareness of the concept of using stories to communicate scientific concepts.

Language: English
Museum ticket applicable. Free for municipal schools and NGOs.
Register Here


Celebrate Independence Day at the Museum!

13th August - 18th August 2019

Celebrate Independence Day at the museum with free tours, film screenings and activities.

Free Museum Tours

15th August 2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm (English)
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (Marathi)

Join us for free museum tour this independence day. The tours encourage visitors of diverse backgrounds, age and interests to engage with the Museum collection, history, architecture and contemporary exhibitions.


Children's Films Screening: Independence Day Special

In collaboration with Children's Film Society, India

15th August 2019

The Museum in collaboration with CFSI is delighted to present Indian Films for children on this Independence Day. The films are educational and encourages the kids to reflect on the world around.


Bal Shivaji (The Young Shivaji)

Time: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Directed by Prabhakar Pendharkar | Marathi/ 1982/ Colour / 126 Minutes The legendary Maratha king Chatrapati Shivaji, famous for his valour and brave exploits, had become a great leader when he was still in his teens. This biographical film depicts how he commanded his own army by the age of 16 and outwitted and defeated veteran warriors.


Heda Hoda (The Blind Camel)

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Director: Vinod Ganatra | Hindi/ 2003/ Colour/ 84 mins Sonu lives with his parents in Kutch, Gujarat bordering Pakistan. One day, when Sonu is grazing his camels, the camels drift away. Sonu goes in search only to find himself lost and unknowingly crosses the border. Will he ab able to find his camels and return? The film comments on the concept of borders that adults build and how no borders can be built upon the innocence of a child.


Chota Sipahi (The Little Soldier)

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Directed by Jayshree Kanal & A S Kanal | Hindi/ 2004/ Colour/ 83 mins Joze is a young Goan boy growing up during the freedom movement of the state in the 60s. Though young, he becomes acutely aware of the grave injustice everywhere and the sacrifice made by those around him. This instills in him a sense of responsibility that becomes instrumental in saving many lives during a crucial military operation.

Language: Marathi, Hindi
Recommended age group: 5 years & above
Free and open to all with Museum entry ticket.

About CFSI: Children’s Film Society India (CFSI), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt. of India was established in 1955 to create and nurture a dynamic children’s film culture in the country. CFSI is committed to strengthening the children's film movement within India and promoting Indian produced children's films across the globe.


Storytelling Performance | Discovery of India with Folktales

By Ulka Mayur

18th August 2019       4 pm - 5:30 pm

Back by popular demand with new stories, ‘Discovery of India with Folktales’ is an amazing storytelling performance that will transport children and adults alike through the length and breadth of India with handpicked folklore from the country.

Story-teller Ulka Mayur will present new stories in this new chapter of the session. These stories will not only unravel traditions and heritage of our motherland, but will also enrich children’s imagination.

Age group: 4 to 12 years. One parent can accompany each child.
Language: English & Hindi
Charges: Free | Museum entry ticket applicable.

Register: education@bdlmuseum.org


Bunting Activity

13th - 18th August 2019       10 am - 5:30 pm

Join us at the Museum from 12th August to 18th August to share what freedom means to you. Write down your messages on coloured paper and we will put it up on a bunting inside the Museum!