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Taraporewala Aquarium (3.2 km)

Taraporewala Aquarium is situated along the Marine Drive in Mumbai. The late Dr. Rajendra Prasad formally opened it in 1951, this aquarium has interesting specimens of marine and freshwater fish. Constructed at a cost of Rs. 800,000, there are also shell & shell-craft art and fishery by-products on display. The aquarium has three large rooms where fish are displayed in such a manner as to highlight the attractiveness of their appearance. The large tanks have shark, octopus, kite fish and the smaller tanks display corals, worms, sea flower and sea horses. A pipeline brings water directly from the sea for the marine fish. It is soon to be renovated into a high-tech Aquarium with a glass vision seaworld. Closed on Mondays, it is opened for visitors from 10 am to 7 pm with a nominal fee of Rs.3.00 for adult and Rs.1.50 for children. Ph.2012063/2082061/2.

Mani Bhavan Mahatma Gandhi Museum (3.6 km)

Mani Bhavan is situated on Laburnam Road, Mumbai near the Kranti Maidan, where the 'Quit India' movement was launched in 1942. It used to be the Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It is the building where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his frequent visits to Mumbai between 1917 and 1934. It is from this famous house No. 19, called Mani Bhawan, that Gandhiji was arrested in 1932. It's said that this is where the Mahatma first learned how to use the spinning wheel, which became such an important part of his philosophy. This two storied building is now a modest museum which houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo feature on the Mahatma's life, some memorabilia, an old Gandhiji's charkha and a film and recording archive. One can visit this museum from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm with entry fee of Rs.3. Ph.3634864.

National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)

This is the former Cowasji Jehangir Hall, of the Institute of Science. It has been renovated to serve as a four-storey exhibition hall, displaying the best of Indian contemporary art. Open daily except Monday, from 10 am to 5 pm.

Jehangir Art Gallery

Close by to the Prince of Wales Museum, this gallery is the showcase for contemporary art. The displays change regularly. Outside is the Artist's Plaza with more paintings on display and sale. Open daily from 11 am to 7 pm.

Prince of Wales Museum

Built in the year 1914, the museum is named after king George V who as prince of Wales laid the foundation stone in 1905. One of the most interesting and best museums of India, it has three main sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History. The museum houses art, sculpture, rare coins, and old firearms and a priceless collection of miniature paintings. It is surrounded by a beautiful landscape forming an ideal getaway for the people of Mumbai. Ph.2844519

Victoria & Albert Museum

This museum houses the archaeological finds, maps and photographs, which depict the history of Mumbai. This museum is also known as Dr. Bhau Daji lad Museum. Ph.2844519

Nehru Planetarium (8 km)

The high-rise corncob of the cylindrical Nehru Centre looms north of Mahalaxmi. Here is a planetarium, convention centre, and concert cum- movie auditorium. The planetarium recreates an image of the sky as seen from anywhere on the earth, at any time - past, present or future.

Daily shows except Monday:- At 3 pm and 6 pm (English) 4.30 pm (Hindi) On Saturday and Sunday:- 3 pm and 6 pm (English), 4.30 pm (Hindi) & 1 pm (Marathi) Entry fee: Rs. 10.00 (adult) Rs. 5.00 (child) Tel.: 4920510

Nehru Science Centre (8 km)

The museum here, has a children's Science park and a permanent gallery, which consists of exhibits relating to the properties of life. There are also antique exhibits like a railway engine, tramcar, supersonic aeroplane and steam lorry. Open daily except Mondays Entry fee: Rs. 5.00 Tel.: 4932667

Asiatic Library

The town hall which houses the Asiatic Library with its old parquet floor, spiral staircases and wrought iron loggias is perhaps the most elegant heritage building in Mumbai. It has a collection of 800,000 antique volumes, and ancient coins. This pleasantly neo-classical building now houses the library of the Asiatic Society, as well as a small museum. The museum contains statues of some 19th century governors of Bombay, some British scholars and administrators and two Indian philanthropists and an Indian scholar