Prince of Wales museum is a distinctive Raj-era building on the Mahatma Gandhi Road. The museum houses a superb collection of paintings and sculpture. The collection is so vast that one needs a full day to see everything and several visits to get into the details of each and everything. The foundation stone was laid in 1905 by the future King George v, then Prince of Wales. The design of the museum was carried out by George Wittet-the architect of Gateway of India.
A classic work of artist, the museum is the epitome of the hybrid Indo-Saracenic style, it is said to be an “educated” interpretation of fifteenth and sixteenth-century Gujarati architecture. The building is topped by a massive Moghul-style dome. The central hall, overlooked by a carved wooden balcony, provides a snapshot of the collection inside. There are beautiful Moghul paintings, Jade work, weapons, miniature clay figures from the Mauryan and Kushana periods. Two sculpture gallieries on either side of the hall open onto the front garden. The one on the right side houses the museum’s natural history, which contains a large collection of stuffed birds, fish and animals.
Rich Collection :
The main sculpture room on the ground floor displays some excellent fourth-and-fifth century heads and figures from the Buddhist state of Gandhara. There are vital Hindu sculptures like seventh century Chalukyan bas-relief, sensuously carved torso of Mahisasuramaraini, the goddess Durga with tripod. There are mysterious seal moulds and antique Jewellery. The main attraction however is the sperb collection of Indian paintings including that of Gita Govinda. On the second floor, there is a huge collection of porcelain, jade and ivory items. There is also a collection of weapons like swords, daggers belonging to Mughal Warriors. Textile room showcases brocaded saris, turbans, shawls etc.