10 Best Museums in Pune - 2019 (With Photos & Reviews)
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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

05

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.

06

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.

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

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.

09

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.

10

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.

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