Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
Vastu Sangrahalaya

formerly prince of wales museum of western india

 

The exhibitions within the Bus are inspired by students’ curricular and extra-curricular needs and are presented through exhibits, tactile replicas, demonstrative kits, interactive multi-touch tablets and audio-visual presentations to set up exhibitions in semi urban and rural areas, aimed at providing information and insights into a wide range of subjects in a fun and interactive manner. These are complemented by educational programmes and activities that offer students deeper engagement with the subject and an enriching over-all experience.The exhibitions within the Bus are inspired by students’ curricular and extra-curricular needs and are presented through exhibits, tactile replicas, demonstrative kits, interactive multi-touch tablets and audio-visual presentations to set up exhibitions in semi urban and rural areas, aimed at providing information and insights into a wide range of subjects in a fun and interactive manner. These are complemented by educational programmes and activities that offer students deeper engagement with the subject and an enriching over-all experience.

Present Exhibition

The Big Indian Toy Story (July 2016 – )

The story of Indian toys and games is as timeless as the land. The exhibition showcases traditional Indian toys as a reflection of our cultural repository of art, history, lore, traditions, values and of course, leisure. Starting from the Harappan civilisation, the culture of toys continues to exist in India and changes with time and regions. While each toy has its own story to tell, these toys can be used to craft, present and experience stories embedded in our culture. This exhibition is a joy to view for all ages. Children get to come up close with traditional toys which can be rarely found these days. Adults will an opportunity to relive their childhood through these toys that they may have grown up playing with.

Avabai Petit School students Bandra Mumbai

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Visitor at Bhakti Park Wadala Mumbai LR

Highlights of the exhibition:

  • A display of a broad spectrum of traditional, eco-friendly toys that are a vivid reflection of our cultural repository of art, history, lore, traditions, values and of course, leisure.
  • A child-friendly live demonstration of the ‘Kaavad’ form of storytelling
  • Simple video documentaries on traditional toy making
  • Hands-On toys, puppets, games for tactile experience
  • Educational activities
    • Science of movable toys
    • Finger puppet making
    • ‘Animating stories’ workshops – communicating stories through various media
    • Indoor and outdoor games

Expected learning outcomes

  • Introduction to traditional Indian toys and games and their importance in a child’s life.
  • Cross-curricular topics – literature, history, mythology, eco-friendly toys, science of toys, geography through regional toys.
  • Various art forms – toy making, puppet making, board games, storytelling, performing arts.
  • Creative skills – While visiting the exhibition, children are exposed to dioramas, displayed objects, audio-visual presentations, which will encourage imagination and articulation skills in children.
  • Nostalgia – the exhibition is also aimed creating nostalgia, especially for adult visitors who may recall their childhood through these toys. The exhibition also makes way for inter-generational learning.

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Past Exhibitions

The Magic Workers of Harappa (October 2015 – April 2016)

The Harappan civilization flourished around 2500 B.C. and spread over 680,000 square kilometers with 1500 settlements spread in northwestern South Asia. The residents of Harappan cities were perhaps the first citizens of planned cities in the history of mankind. They built straight roads, elaborate drainage systems, neatly built houses, public baths and granaries. Statuettes, toys, seals, decorative pottery and ornaments, board games testify to a highly skilled, technologically advance, prosperous society. This exhibition explored the technologies and skill of the Harappans which made possible the development of this great civilisation, and which are in practice even today and are part of our continuing traditions.

travelling gallery 1

travelling gallery 2

travelling gallery 3

travelling gallery 4

travelling gallery 5

travelling gallery 6

Highlights of the exhibition:

  • Through replicas, hands-on demo kits, AV presentations, the exhibition aimed draw attention to the many salient features of Harappan Civilisation by outlining the processes of production while also drawing attention to its relevance today through the continuing traditions of technological application
  • Interactive handling kits – lost-wax casting, pottery, brick-casting, bead-making
  • Animated information documentary on Harappan civilisation
  • Educational activities
    • Workshops – simulation of an archaeological excavation, script & seals, building technologies
    • Demos – pottery on wheel, brick casting
    • Activities – clay modelling, seal making
    • Talks and presentations – ‘Technology and Skill in Harappa’, ‘Harappan Art’, ‘Religion’, ‘Trade’

Facts and Figures:

  • The Museum on Wheels has been functional since 20th October 2015.
  • From October 2015 – April 2016, the Museum on Wheels was visited by 27,622 visitors.
  • Students – 23,549
  • Adults – 4,073
  • The Bus visited 23 schools, 3 colleges, 8 NGOs and 5 public locations across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nasik and Ratnagiri districts.
  • The total run of the Bus across western Maharashtra in this period is 4456 kilometers.

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