National Maritime MuseumMumbai, as everyone knows, is the city which never sleeps. It has something for every visitor, every resident, every professional, every student and every other kind of person from different parts of the world. Apart from being the city of dreams, it is also the city of chaos, noise, heavy traffic and historical wonders. Among the hoard of sky scrapers, towers and modern architecture, the city stands witness to many historical events. Certain architectural and historic wonders of the city make it appear like a bio scope which takes us on a journey to the colonial period of the city, playing the modern day life of people as a continuous melody at the backdrop.
Most of the historical and architectural wonders of the city was gifted to it by the British government that rules India for 200 years, since it was once the capital of colonial India. Some of these historic wonders add to the grandeur of this otherwise chaotic, one such grand destination is the National Maritime Museum. This museum represents the contrasting lives of the people from the past to those in the present. The historical tale associated with the museum will provide a better insight to its heritage.
History of the National Maritime Museum of MumbaiThe National Maritime Museum of Mumbai was established by the Navy in order to display the different ships belonging to the British naval army in India, built in Mumbai and the historical treasures of India accumulated from all over the world. The museum was established towards the end of the 19th century by a British organization which also took over the development of the current Mumbai Port and then Bombay Port.
The Museum was built close to the Mumbai Port which handles almost 40% of trade in India, even today. This was a natural port which was used to the fullest advantage by the British during their rule in India. The purpose of building the museum was served with the help of its strategic location.
The harbor covers an area of about 400 square kilometers of which the museum is a part. The Mumbai Port and the museum is guarded and protected by the coast guards of the Konkan mainland on east side of this western Port. The harbor and the museum is owned by an anonymous Government organization since it is a Government property and the treasures belong to the people of India.
One more interesting thing about the Port of Mumbai is that, prior to the British rule as well, it was used as a trading Port by the Maratha Navy due to its natural deep water Port-like set-up.
What’s Special about the National Maritime Museum?Whenever you visit any place, you must know the reasons behind its popularity and prominence among tourists or the city in which it is housed. So let’s find out why you should visit the National Maritime Museum of Mumbai.
- The museum is abode to some of the rarest of rare artifacts discovered from the Arabian Sea and other under water excavations
- It has really cute miniature models of the ships which were in service during the British regime as well as under the Indian Navy that were built in Mumbai itself
- There is an extension of the Mumbai Port and the Museum, referred to as the Ballard Pier, which is the terminus for all cruise liners arriving at the Mumbai Dock and consists of a passenger desk and immigration facilities
How-to-reach the MuseumWell, to reach Mumbai, you can either choose a preferred flight to alight at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, or you can even take the train to get down at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, also known as the CST station. From either of these locations you can take a cab or may be a prepaid cab from the airport or even a shared taxi which can drop you near the Gateway of India or the famous Colaba Beach of Mumbai. Another awesome option is the special range of Cruise Liners travelling till the Mumbai Dock which is right in front of the National Maritime Museum of Mumbai.
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