The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly known as Prince of Wales Museum of Western India. It is the main museum in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It was founded in the early years of the 20th century by prominent citizens of Bombay with the help of the government. It is located in the heart of South Mumbai near the Gateway of India. The museum was renamed in the 1990s or early 2000s after Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire. The museum building is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. The museum building is surrounded by a garden of palm trees and formal flower beds.
The museum collection comprises approximately 50,000 artefacts. The collection of the museum is categorized primarily into three sections: art, archaeology and natural history. It has a collection of European paintings, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, ivory and jade artefacts. The museums natural history section to illustrate Indian wildlife including flamingoes, great hornbills, Indian bison and tigers. A Prints Gallery was launched with an exhibition entitled, Bombay to Mumbai - Door of the East with its face to the West on 29 January 2015.Hide.