10 Best Museums in Pune: 2020 (With Entry Fee & Timings)

Pune Museums

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum and Memorial, Tribal Museum, Mahatma Phule Museum, Blades of Glory Cricket Museum, Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railway, Gandhi National Memorial Society, Tilak Museum, Maratha History Museum, National War Museum and many more.

The Western state of India, Maharashtra has given birth to legends in several fields and Pune city is considered to be the cultural capital of the state. There are several Museums in Pune showcasing glimpses of not only of the medieval period and modern history, but also has museums displaying trains, miniature cities, tribal life, eminent personalities and many more. The museums are either housed in modern day buildings built with a lot of planning or old Palaces and heritage bungalows donated by Kings have been converted to assay the glory of the nation.

With various
Pune Museums, here you can understand the cultural, spiritual, and historical texture of the land and its people. According to great philosophers, to know a place and it’s people one must visit a museum to explore the historical past. A visit to a few of these museums will leave the mind not only asking for more but also help one understand the finer details of history, Cricket, famous personalities and more.

Here are some of the best museums in Pune:

01

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

Established by Bab Dinkar Kelkar in 1962, this museum has a collection of close to 20,000 articles belonging to different parts of the world. The collectibles include musical instruments, Mughal lamps, nutcrackers, paintings, vessels made of terracotta, brass, copper, and silver and several mythological paintings and it is one of the popular museums in Pune.

The main attraction of the museum is the replica of Mastani Mahal which draws maximum visitors for its grand décor, looming chandeliers, and artistic paintings. The Institute for Musicology and Finer arts too houses within the museum premises.

Location: No. 1377/78, Kamal Kunj, Bajirao Rd, Natu Baag, Shukrawar Peth, Pune.

Entry fee: Rs.10/- for children under 12yrs, Rs.50/- for adult and Rs.200/- for foreigners.

Timings: 10.00am – 5.30pm every day.

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02

National War Museum

National War Museum

Built in 1997, this museum has been dedicated to the soldiers who waged a war against the enemy and sacrificed their lives instead. The war memorial is made of pillars spread across 25 feet of land. The museum proudly showcases arms, ammunition, uniforms, personal mementos and several other items which were used during the war.

The crowd puller is a MIG 23BN Jetfighter which has been used during the Kargil war. It is a matter of pride to visit this museum and pay homage to the departed Bravehearts of our country.

Location: Prince of Wales Dr Rd, Ghorpuri Lines, Dobarwadi, Ghorpadi, Pune.

Entry fee: Free.

Timings: Sunday to Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm, 3-7pm, Tuesday closed.

03

Tribal Museum

Tribal Museum

This Pune museum showcases the tribal lives of the indigenous groups from the Sahaydri and Gondwana region of Maharashtra. It represents the various traditions, cultures and heritage from the daily life of the remote tribes.

Several moments from the Marai, Bahiram, Wagdheo and Danteswari tribes have also been showed here. The museum has a collection of textile, jewellery items, arms and armoury, handicrafts, ornaments, musical instruments, clothes, utensils, weapons and others.

Location: 28, Queen's Garden, Near Old Circuit House, Band Garden Road, Pune

Entry fee: Rs.10/- for Indian and Rs.200/- for foreigners.

Timings: 10.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

04

Maratha History Museum

Maratha History Museum

This Museum in Pune was donated by the Maharaja of the Princely estate of Jamkhindi converting it to the Maratha history museum. The museum has two main sections, the Archival section and the Museum section of the Jamkhindi collection.

The collections are prized possessions like cloth bundles of old Marathi documents in Modi script, Old maps, and plans, paintings, Copper plate grants, Macartney paper, manuscripts on palm leaves and several items made out of brass, maple ivory, German silver, Chinaware and sandalwood. For the last 70 years, the staff of the museum has carried out extensive research on various aspects of Maratha history and medieval history.

Location: Deccan College Road, Yerawada, Pune.

Entry fee: Rs.10/- to Rs.50/-.

Timings: 10.30am-1.30pm and 2.30-4.30pm every day except Sunday.

05

Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railway

Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railway

This Pune Museum was started in 1998 with the only miniature city in the country and has featured in the Limca book of records. Mr Bhau Joshi a collector of trains since his childhood was fascinated by the wonders of wheels on the tracks and the miniature cities that he used to passionate about.

The jaw-dropping miniature railways has 1000 wires from the control panel adding up to 5km There are 65 signals, fences, lampposts, flyovers etc. which have been manufactured by hand, The control panel can be operated manually or can be computer controlled.

Location: 17/1, B/2, Late GA Kulkarni Path, Next to, Kothrud, Pune.

Entry fee: Rs.90/- per head.

Timings: 9.30am – 5.00pm (Thursday till 1pm), Sunday 5-8pm and Saturday 9.30am-4pm and 5-8pm.

06

Blades of Glory Cricket Museum

Blades of Glory Cricket Museum

This special museum in Punespread over 4,000 sq ft area showcases the evolution of the Cricket with its various stages and memorabilia over the last three centuries. It has numerous cricket bats signed by the who’s who of the Cricket fraternity, from Clive Lloyd’s West Indies in 1975 to Micheal Clarke’s Australia in the year 2015, the gallery displays bats signed by 11 World Cup-winning teams.

It showcases the trouser that Sachin Tendulkar wore when he scored his 50th Test century, Virender Sehwag’s jersey that helped him get a memorable double ton against Sri Lanka and numerous cricket gears autographed by renowned cricket players worldwide.

Location: Govind Gaurav Apartments., 3, Shri Prasad Society Ln, Swanand Society, Tulshibagwale Colony, Parvati Paytha, Pune

Entry fee: Rs.50/- per head.

Timings: 10.00am to 7.00pm every day.

07

Gandhi National Memorial Society

Gandhi National Memorial Society

This Museum in Pune is a place to learn about the life, work and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation. The various object used by the Mahatma in his day to day life, his writings and articles on non-violence in various mediums, photos featuring the Gandhi in different landmark decision making occasions and things that he used personally are on display in this museum.

Numerous activities are organised around the year to keep this place a living memorial for Ba and Bapu.

Location: Aga Khan Palace, Nagar Road, Kalyani Nagar, Pune.

Entry fee: Rs.2/- for children, Rs.5/- for adults and Rs.100/- for foreigners.

Timings: 9.00am – 5.30pm every day.

08

Mahatma Phule Museum

Mahatma Phule Museum

The first residence of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, a renowned social reformist and an eminent promoter for women’s education was later converted to a museum in 1890. The 117-year-old museum houses rich collection of industrial products and articles related to agricultural, handicraft, jewellery, forestry, geology, arms, natural history, stone carvings, brassware, marble statues, oil paintings, metal sculptures and textiles and it is one of the best museums in Pune.

The main attraction is the hides of various animals and sea fishes. It also has a good collection of books on India’s art and culture. The museum conducts films and shows from time to time to attract visitors.

Location: 1204/10, Ghole Road, Pune.

Entry fee: Free.

Timings: 9.00am to 5.00pm every day.

09

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum and Memorial

Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum and Memorial

This museum in Pune was built with the objective of re-introducing Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar, to the foreign as well as Indian students so as to inspire them when they return to their own countries. Inaugurated on 14th April 1990, Mr.Dhananjay Datar,  conceptualised it in the classical Buddhist architecture with well-laid out garden substituting for a barren hilly track.

The museum thus has several objects used by Dr. Ambedkar, an urn with his ashes, the coveted Bharat Ratna with the citation and several other things of interest. The campus has also an open-air theatre where cultural programmes are held from time to time.

Location: Senapati Bapat Rd, Opposite Passport Office, Hanuman Nagar, Wadarvadi, Pune

Entry fee: Rs.5/- per head.

Timings: 8.30am – 5.30pm every day.

10

Tilak Museum

Tilak Museum

This Pune museum in Gaikwad Wada has been dedicated to the life of the legendary Father of unrest India, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak. The museum displays Tilak’s writing in Sanskrit along with a copy of his famous book Gita Rahasya and the many certificates and rare photographs.

A replica of Tilak’s room has been re-created where a life-size figure of Tilak is being seen writing editorials for Kesari, the famous newspaper which was published under his able leadership. This is a must visit place for everyone to have a better insight into the leader and his journey towards an independent India.

Location:  525/3, Narayan Peth, Pune.

Entry fee: Free.

Timings: 9.30am – 1 pm and 3-6pm every day.

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22 July 2019
Excellent
Place: The scenery there is really breathtaking. All the hills and the lake view is amazing. The place makes you stay there for life long. If you really want a peaceful, beautiful and close to nature place then this place should be on your bucket list. Hospitality: The host Rahul Slave was really humble and a cheerful person to talk. They will try to give their best by providing all kind of basic needs and anything you could ask for at such a remote place. Food: The starters are really amazing. I enjoyed the food as a non-vegetarian. I was really impressed with the tea and poha breakfast. I recommend you to try the breakfast. Activities: They have multiple activities including DJ, Bone Fire, Cricket, Archery, Boating, Badminton, Karaoke etc.
06 May 2015
Excellent
We had a great time at the Bhimashankar Trek. The trekking was quite good and interesting. It was awesome. We had a really lovely time here. It was so worth every penny spent. The trek trails, the surroundings, the backdrop were all just WOW! It was completely worth every penny spent. I personally want to visit here again. The trek was well organized too; thus enhancing the whole trek experience. Thinking back there are no negative experiences at all. It was perfectly a great and a nice experience. The rates were also not that costly and it was definitely worth the time and money we spent on this vacation. I am so recommending this to everyone out there.
10 August 2015
Excellent
We had a good trekking experience here in Lonavala. Pune and Lonavala are places that can be viewed in a couple of days. While we planned for a long vacation here, we chose to have a beautiful planned itinerary which involved this trek, and we are super glad that we took it. Regarding the trek, it was a great experience.
11 January 2016
Excellent
Bhimashankar Trek In Maharashtra is one of its kind of a special trek that is such a country side trek. One can’t experience such a trek generally in other trek trails. Lonavala is by itself a beauty and this trek adds more grace to it. I had a great time at this trek. I personally loved the trek trails so much that I am planning to do this trek again sometime. As a trekker, you will experience bliss as the trek takes you back to the good old country trek experience. As a nature lover I had a great time with the surroundings.
27 June 2015
Excellent
The trek was fun and exciting. The locality and surroundings were brilliant. I have been to many treks but this trek was one of the best trek I ever had. I seriously recommend this trek to all those who want to go out with friends. Worth spending on this trek :)
I booked the Ashtavinayak trip from Pune and we visited all the eight temples of Lord Ganesh and the temples were renovated very well and there is also a lake Shree Vighnahar Ganpati Temple where boating is available.
It is one of the best trips of my life. If you love adventurous and trekking place then you will love to visit Lonavala and Khandala, The views are brilliant and the vibe nice and Lonavala lake is very beautiful lake, surrounded by mountain. The scenery is very heart warming, I instantly fall in love with the place.
17 February 2020
Excellent
It was our first experience there on trekking. Thrillophilia package includes guide so we have a good guide there and he helped us well during this entire trek. The food they gave is quite nice and delicious. Bhimashankar was my personal favourite place in this trek. Our group was of 12 people but we all enjoyed it nicely. Good place and Highly recommended.
21 February 2020
Excellent
Very beautiful place with lots of scenery, the relaxing and calming sunrise was mesmerizing and we loved it. Our guide was a funny and amazing person, he was also taking care of the group and briefed us well about the way and do’s. we had a group photo at the top and the trek was very memorable, will look to do these types of treks again. Thanks
26 February 2020
Excellent
Nice place with a well-mannered guide, I booked it from Thrillophilia for me and my sister, the trek went super fantastic and we had a good company there with us. The only problem was waking us early but as u reach the Bhimashankar, you will feel alive. Must try.

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  1. Which are the best art museums in Pune?

    A plethora of excellent art museums are located in the city of Pune. Some of the most visited art museums of Pune include:

    Gyaan Adab
    The Monalisa Kalagram
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    Bliss Art Gallery
    Darpan Art Gallery
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  2. What are the best museums in Pune to visit with kids?

    Kids love to go to museums, and Pune has many of those. Some of the best museums in Pune to visit with kids include:
    1. National War Museum: Established in 1997, this war memorial and museum exhibits the arms, ammunition, personal mementos, and more used during the war. You can also find the MIG23BN jetfighter here, which was used during the war at Kargil. 

    2. Joshi’s Museum Of Miniature Railway: 
    Built-in 1998, this museum will definitely excite children and adults alike. The museum has a miniature city, with fully functioning mini railway stations. 

    3. Blades Of Glory Cricket Museum: 
    Spread over 4,000 square feet, this is a one of a kind museum, which shows the evolution of cricket as a sport. It also displays many cricket bats that have been signed and autographed by some of the most amazing cricket stalwarts, along with other cricket gears. 
  3. What are the famous museums in Pune to visit with families?

    Some of the most famous museums in the city of Pune that you can visit with your family are:
    1. Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum: Established in 1962, the museum is home to almost 20,000 articles from around the world. You can also find a replica of the famous Mastani Mahal here. 
    2. Tribal Museum: It is in this museum where you can catch a glimpse of the indigenous tribes from the Gondwana and Sahyadri regions.
    3. Gandhi National Memorial Society: If you wish to learn about the life, philosophies, and work of Mahatma Gandhi, this museum is the best place to go to. It displays many things that the Father of the Nation used in his daily life, his articles, writings, photographs, and more. 
    4. Tilak Museum: Dedicated to Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, this museum displays his works, photographs, and writings, along with a copy of his Gita Rahasya. 

  4. Which are the best historical museums in Pune?

    The city of Pune has a huge number of fascinating museums that allow the visitors the chance to walk through the rich history of the place. Some of the most recommended historical museums to visit in Pune include:

    Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum
    Tribal Museum
    Darshan Museum
    National War Museum
    Tilak Museum
    Gandhi National Memorial Society
    Mahatma Phule Museum
    Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railways
    Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Museum and Memorial
    Maratha History Museum
  5. How to go to National War Museum Pune?

    The National War Museum is situated in Ghorpadi, at a distance of around 4 kilometers from the heart of Pune. The place is conveniently connected to Central Pune by road. So, the best and fastest option to reach the museum is by taking a taxi.