Completely restored and revitalized in 2008, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum is a must-visit for anybody interested in architecture and the history of this bustling megapolis. The very act of walking through the museum's halls to view the permanent and visiting collections is an experience in and of itself; the interior's ornamentation and design are so intricate that you might mistakenly think that you're inside a palace! The museum's permanent collection is made up of fine and decorative arts, clay models, and dioramas that document the different communities of Mumbai and their culture and lifestyle during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The visiting collections usually comprise the work of modern Indian artists.
While there, don't forget to check out the new multipurpose space out back where you can enjoy refreshments at the outdoor cafe.
Meeting point: At the ticket office. To get there by taxi, tell the driver to take you to Rani Bagh in Byculla East. The museum is right next door.
Leaders, visiting hours are from 10am to 6pm everyday except Wednesdays when it's closed. Guided tours by the museum's friendly staff occur on Saturdays at 11:30am in case you want to plan your visit accordingly.