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Prince of Wales Museum

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The world famous Prince of Wales Museum is located in the ancient city of Mumbai (Bombay), in its southern part, right next to another attraction of this city is the gateway of India. The Museum was built on the initiative and at the expense of the honored citizens of Mumbai in honour of the Prince of Wales, the future British king George V, who in 1905 and laid the first stone of the building. Under its construction was allotted a plot of land just over 1 hectare called the "Crescent Site" ("Crescent"), and the main architect was selected George Wittet, who later also became famous for another successful project - the already mentioned Gateway to India. Completed the construction of this Grand Museum was in 1915. But during the First World war the building was used as a children's centre and the military hospital, and in 1922 opened a full-fledged Museum.

It is a basalt three-story rectangular building made in Indo-Saracenic style. Its roof is decorated with a large dome, decorated with white and blue tiles, which is a kind of an additional floor. This dome, along with balconies and tiled floors, adds building characteristics buildings of Mughal era.

In the early 2000's, the Museum was renamed to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu, Sangrahalaya in honor of the founder of Maratha Empire Shivaji.

The Museum collection is very large and includes about 50 thousand exhibits collected not only in India but also around the world. It is divided into three main sections: art, archaeology and natural history, as well as, since 2008, have been added several exhibits dedicated to the God Krishna, textiles, traditional Indian costumes, the picturesque miniature.

Today the Museum is in the care of the government and the Bombay Municipal Corporation, which annually allocate grants for various programs.