Thomas Biggs, The Durga Temple, Aihole, from the south-east, 1855 ©

The British Library

Friday, 25 November 2022 to Sunday, 30 April 2023
Open on all days of the week. Entry is ticketed

Get a chance to view for the first time some of the rarest, earliest, and most striking photographs and objects of India’s rich archaeological heritage, complemented by photographs by contemporary Indian photographers that help bridge the past, present and future. The comparative photographs documenting the present state and setting of selected historical monuments and sites, will provide an opportunity to reflect on issues of protection of heritage sites, challenges and conservation needs.

An immersive visual journey curated by The British Library and CSMVS, Mumbai, this exhibition will bring to public attention the history of exploration and documentation, when major monuments and archaeological sites were photographed for the very first time by European and Indian archaeologists between 1855 and 1900. The photographs will illustrate some of the most historically significant sites in Western India including Ajanta and other rock-cut sites, Hampi, Aihole, Satrunjaya, Bijapur, etc. 

Friday 25 November 2022 – Sunday 30 April 2023
Timing: 10.15 – 18.00 hours
Closed on 26 January 2023
Location: Chatttrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, 159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai - 400023, Maharashtra, India

We have the below workshops upcoming:

The Story of A to Z of Architecture with Y.D. Pitkar and Shruti Utpal Barve

An interactive session to explore different elements of architecture through book-reading, sketching and a scavenger hunt!

11.30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday 25 March 2023

Venue: 1st Floor, Special Exhibitions Gallery

Age: 8+

Temple Architecture and Dance Through the Ages with Devpriya Bihani

A dance presentation and interactive session inspired by rare 19th century photographs

11.30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sunday 26 March 2023

Assembly Point: Museum Key Gallery

Open to all ages

For both workshops register at 

Entry to the museum is ticketed.

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