Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Mumbai.

Taraporewala Aquarium


Mumbai's aquarium is worth a visit as much for the striking building – a fabulous Art Deco mansion covered in motifs of fish and waves – as for the fishtanks inside. The detailing even extends to the wrought iron sharks on the gates. The...  Read More



An annex to the Nehru Centre, the Science Centre is devoted to interactive learning. There are loads of buttons to press and levers to pull – it's targeted at children but good fun for young-at-heart adults too. The complex covers six acres,...  Read More



Looming above the seafront at Worli, this cultural centre was founded in 1972 by Indira Gandhi as a monument to national pride and secular values. The helical building was designed by I M Kadri to reflect the idea of a modern secular India. ...  Read More

Museum Art Gallery


An extension of the Jehangir Art Gallery, this small modern gallery at the Max Mueller Bhavan (Goethe Institute) features regularly changing exhibitions of art by Maharashtran artists. All the work is for sale, and artists are often in...  Read More

Mumbai Planetarium


Part of the Nehru Centre cultural complex near the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, this old-fashioned planetarium offers a regular programme of astronomical shows for fans of stars and constellations. With this being India, the shows have overtones of...  Read More

Jehangir Art Gallery


Mumbai's premier showcase for modern art, the Jehangir Art Gallery was founded in 1952 by the Parsi politician Sir Cowasji Jehangir. The gallery is managed by the Bombay Art Society and the four galleries display artwork by leading local...  Read More



Housed in a dramatic Indo-Saracen building at Kala Ghoda, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum was named for the Maratha hero who freed the region from Mughal control. Inside you can see a fabulous collection of religious statues, Mughal...  Read More



The former administrative centre for the port of Mumbai, the Ballard Estate was constructed in 1914 by George Wittet, the architect responsible for the Gateway of India. Today the dockside gatehouse contains a small but interesting museum about...  Read More



The Victorian building containing the Dr Bhau Daji Lad collection is a museum-piece all by itself. Wrought iron arches and brightly painted columns rise above a fascinating display of Indian crafts and artworks. Upstairs is an unusual collection...  Read More

National Gallery of Modern Art


This grand gallery in the museum and gallery district at Kala Ghoda shows a regularly changing collection of artworks by Indian artists, plus an interesting programme of visiting exhibitions from around the world. Modern art is the focus, and...  Read More