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.


Oct 02, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019        10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Classic Miniature Costumes

Inspired from ceremonial and everyday attires of the Maharajas of India from 1850-1950s.

By Geeta Khandelwal

In this exhibition, textile artist Geeta Khandelwal has meticulously recreated miniature garments of ceremonial and everyday attire of the maharajas of India, drawing on fabric and styles over a span of a hundred years, from 1850 to 1950. Geeta has based her recreations on references drawn from the Calico Museum’s publication ‘Indian Costumes in the Collection of the Calico Museum of Textiles’ by B N Goswamy and Kalyan Krishna (1993). Following patterns available in the book, Geeta has recreated male attire consisting of long robes known as jamas, angarkhas, choghas or sherwanis. Each miniature garment has been hand-stitched, in collaboration with master tailors and embroiderers.


Oct 10, 2019 - Dec 01, 2019        10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Kalanand 2019

An exhibition of Emerging Artists of India

In collaboration with Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation

Initiated five years ago by the Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation, Kalanand is an online contest that has been consistently encouraging emerging artists from across India, providing a wide accessibility to people from cities as well remote areas. This year, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum has collaborated with Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation to exhibit the works of winners of the contest in an effort to provide a platform to nurture and encourage upcoming artists. The exhibition presents the nine winning entries, the three highest ranking from each category - Painting, Drawing and New Media.


NOV 03 & 17, 2019        04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Live Music

with the Natural Streets for the Performing Arts (NSPA)
Listen to Covers of International Music, Percussion Music, Instrumental Violin and Indie Music at the Museum Plaza!


NOV 10, 2019        05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Mumbai Local with Junoon

Layers upon Layers: The Art of the Graphic Novel With Amruta Patil

We are delighted to invite Amruta Patil - writer, painter, graphic novelist - to Mumbai Local, to share with us her excitement with the form of the graphic novel. How do visual and text come together? What keeps quiet? How do the frame, colours, mood, sense of time get decided? How do references and subtle jokes get embedded? Taking us on the journey between her first graphic novel Kari - which she describes as an “awkward fit of text and images” – to her upcoming book with Devdutt Pattanaik, Aranyaka, she will share with us the rich layering (“like a baklava”) that goes into creating her gorgeous graphic novels.


NOV 09, 17 and Dec 08 2019        3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Science Film Festival

Celebrating Humboldt's 250th birth anniversary this year, the selection of films deal with environmental issues, climate change and sustainability. Each screening will be followed by discussions and an activity relevant to the theme of the film.

Nov 09 - Clean Energy
Nov 17 - Forest Depletion
Dec 08 - Plastic Pollution


NOV 14, 2019        06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Movies at the Museum

Movies at the Museum | 55th Edition

Curated by Avijit Mukul Kishore and Rohan Shivkumar

Launched on April 3rd 2015, 'Movies at the Museum' is a monthly screening programme, curated by filmmaker and cinematographer, Avijit Mukul Kishore, and architect and urban designer, Rohan Shivkumar. The programme includes films and videos made in different genres – documentary, fiction, animation and visual art. Film, art and academic practitioners are invited from time to time to engage in discussion on their work. The screenings are free and open to the public.


NOV 24, 2019       04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Children’s Film Festival

In collaboration with Canada

The Museum is delighted to present 'Children’s Film Festival' featuring exciting Canadian animated stories about children and their freedom, rights and values. Join us for these fun and educational monthly film screenings!


NOV 28, 2019        06:00 pm - 07:30 pm

Film Screening | From the Palettes collection by Alain Jaubert

In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay

The Palettes series of documentaries explores great paintings throughout the history of art. From the canvas to the type of brush used by the artist, from the historical or individual context of the painting to the characters displayed in its features, each episode uses the finest technology to uncover the endless secrets a work can hide.


NOV 16, 2019        11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Free Activity | Create your own Mixed Media Art

Inspired by the exhibition 'Kalanand 2019'

Explore the Museum's new exhibition 'Kalanand 2019' showcasing works in different mediums of emerging artists of India. Kalanand is an online contest for artists conducted every year by Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation. The exhibition displays the works of the award-winning artists from the contest.

Explore the wide range of art practices, and make your own artwork inspired by the exhibition.


NOV 19, 2019        10.30 am - 1.00 pm

Free Session | The Plant Kingdom

In collaboration with STEAM Academy

There are thousands of different species of plants in the world. Learn about plant taxonomy and understand the fundamental methods of plant classification. Plant taxonomy is the science that finds, identifies, describes, classifies, and names plants.

This programme is curated by Dr. A.P. Jayaraman, founder of the Academy for the Advancement of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). This session will also include a screening of 'Nucleosynthesis' and 'Fascinating Universe: The Big Bang – The Original Mystery' as part of the Science Film Festival, in collaboration with Goethe Institute.


NOV 23, 2019        3.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Free Activity | Attires- Now and Then!

Inspired by the on-going exhibition ‘Classic Miniature Costumes’ by textile artist Geeta Khandelwal

Join us for a tour to learn about the ceremonial and everyday attires of the Maharajas of India from 1850 to 1950s. Compare these to how people in Mumbai dressed in the 19th - 20th century by observing the Museum’s collection of clay models and dioramas that document people, lifestyles, and culture in Mumbai from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

Participants will be encouraged to consider the differences in the attires of the past and the present and be inspired to create their own illustrations to reflect what they see around them today.