Location : Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, Byculla, Mumbai
Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the oldest museums situated in the city of Mumbai. Relatively unknown to the tourists, this museum is situated on the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road in the Byculla locality. It stands in the middle of the famous 'Jijamata Udyan' of Bombay and is today known as Bhau Daji Lad Museum. The idea of setting up the Victoria and Albert Museum was put forward by Dr. Buist (a collector) in 1884, when India was being ruled by the British East India Company.
The rich collection of the museum comprises of more than six thousand relics. These include items like sculptures, pottery, coins, ivory work, paintings, etc. The building of Bhau Daji Lad Museum has been divided into a number of sections, based on the social and cultural life of India. The museum also serves as sort of reference center on the history of the country, with its compilation of over 4,000 books and manuscripts.
A large number of visitors can be seen viewing the possessions of the Victoria and Albert Museum. With time, the condition of the museum deteriorated. However, since quite sometime, it is being renovated under the supervision of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage of Bombay. Situated within the Jijamata Udyan, with its lush greenery and blooming flowers serving as the perfect backdrop, the museum looks just adorable.