Butool Jamal's 5 favourite museums in India


Gauri Verma

Butool Jamal, Assistant Fashion Features Editor, Femina gives us the lowdown on her favourite museums to visit in India. She has previously worked as a curatorial assistant at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai and as a fashion features writer at ELLE, India.

Butool is wearing our Rosewood 70s miniskirt

As a history junkie, Museums are my happy place. Particularly ones that are dedicated to art and design and tie into my love for beautiful clothes. 

5 Museums design-lovers should visit:

Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai
    BDL as it’s known is dedicated to the history of Mumbai and has the most beautiful interiors thanks to the UNESCO-Award winning renovations that took place over five years. Make sure to visit during one of the special exhibitions (previous artists whose works have been displayed include Thukral and Tagra and Atul Dodiya), or to catch one of the evening film screenings that are a part of their Movies at the Museums program.
    Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, Jaipur
    Housed in an old haveli, this secluded museum is spread over three floors and provides an in-depth look at the techniques, tools and styles of block printing. The real treat is when you make it to the top floor where you can try your hand at block printing yourself. Remember to get a slice of the killer chocolate cake from the cafe before you leave.
    Calico Museum of Textiles, Ahmedabad

    An important point to note before you plan your visit—it’s by appointment only and numbers are limited to 20 visitors a day. But don’t be daunted, just make sure to call at least a week before to book a spot. Your very-informed guide will take you at a quick trot through rooms that cover Mughal and colonial-era textiles, traditional costumes and embroideries, the tools and techniques of weaving and dying and even a small collection of Jain and Buddhist art.

    Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad

     

    The museum houses the private collection of Salar Jung III who started collecting this jumble of art works and artefacts in 1914. The collection ranges from Persian manuscripts that date from the 1400s to paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and pretty Sino-Japanese porcelain. The highlight however is the Italian neoclassical sculpture called The Veiled Rebecca, famous for its delicate marble carving work.

     

    Indian Museum, Kolkata

     

    Aka Jadu Ghar or House of Magic. It’s one of the oldest museums in the country and still has a dusty, old-fashioned vibe but there are some priceless finds hidden among the massive collection. Some of the weirdest and most wonderful include an authentic Egyptian mummy, the skeleton of the giant man-eating crocodile (with jewellery in its stomach) and a richly carved 2nd century BC gateway.

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