International Museum Day – 18th May 2019

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This year’s theme of International Museum Day is “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition.” The focus will be on the role of museums as active actors in their communities, according to the council.

More than 90 Museums Locally is celebrating International Museum Day with Discounted Fees or Maybe Free at some Museums. Museums also celebrating Cultural Events on this International Museum Day. 

Shanghai Auto Museum, Shanghai Museum of Glass and China Maritime Museum are among the 126 taking part.

The former residences and memorials of Party leaders and cultural celebrities such as educator Huang Yanpei (1878-1965), painter Wu Changshuo (1844-1927) and journalist Zou Taofen (1895-1944) will also not charge visitors over the weekend.

List of Museums with Free Entries

The Shanghai Administration of Culture and Tourism has a list of museums offering free Entries on its website — (in Chinese only)

The museums will hold 220 special activities for Museum Day this year.

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Shanghai Natural History Museum, Guanfu Museum, and Shanghai Film Museum will offer 50% Discount on tickets on Saturday and Sunday. The Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum in Hongkou District will offer 40 to 50% discount on this Weekend.

Why is International Museum day is Celebrated?

International Museum Day was established in 1977 to raise awareness that “museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples,” according to the International Council of Museums, organizer of the event. Last year, more than 37,000 museums took part in over 150 countries and territories.

Shanghai Museum, for example, will welcome youthful specialists to direct guests and families around different unique shows on Friday.

China Maritime Museum is welcoming youngsters to participate in maritime and logical themed occasions or make models in the historical center through June 30.

Shanghai Telecom Museum will exhibit the previous working conditions oftelecom specialists, while Shanghai Natural Wild Insect Kingdom will welcome guests to make butterfly examples and greeting cards.

In the meantime, the travel industry specialists state guests ought to dodge top hours in the event that they intend to go to any of the city’s vacation destinations on Sunday on account of a deep discounted affirmation offer to check China Tourism Day.

Long lines are normal, and picturesque spots may constrain the number of guests relying upon the circumstance on the day, the Shanghai Administration of Culture and Tourism said.

Guests are likewise encouraged to give close consideration to the subtleties of limits on offer. The Huangpu River journey visit, for instance, which costs 120 yuan (US$17.46) ordinarily, will be discounted on the day, however just for treks somewhere in the range of 11 am and 5pm, as indicated by the organization.

The 88th-floor observatory of Jin Mao Tower will offer limits somewhere in the range of 8:30am and 4:30pm, with night visits avoided.

Discounts at Museums and Some other Tourist Attractions, for example,

Shanghai Century Park,

Shanghai Gongqing Forest Park,

Shanghai Zoo,

China Maritime Museum,

Yuehu Sculpture Park,

Shanghai Guyi Garden,

Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park

Shanghai Film Museum

just apply to grown-up guests, the organization said.

Shanghai Disney Resort will offer limited confirmation after 3pm on the day, a whilehalf-value section at Shanghai Malu Grape Park will last till June 14.

It has turned into a custom for major beautiful spots in the city to give deep discounted tickets on China Tourism Day and amid the yearly Shanghai Tourism Festival in September.

Guest numbers are a few times bigger than typical at well-known scenes, for example, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium and Shanghai Wild Animal Park.

10 Best Museums Must Visit in Mumbai on International Museum’s Day – 18 May 2019

CST heritage gallery: The iconic UNESCO-listed building of Mumbai CST has a visitors’ lounge and visitors can take a walk in the heritage gallery. The locations that can be seen are Heritage Gallery (near cash office), Star Chamber, Grand Staircase, Lounge on II Floor, Forecourt. (No office areas). Tickets:   Rs.100/- for students with Valid ID cards of the  College/School/University Rs.200/- for all other visitors. Timings: 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm on working days (Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays closed)

Framji Dadabhoy Alpaiwalla Museum: The FD Alpaiwalla Museum was set up in 1954, and is dedicated to Mumbai’s Parsi community. It started out as a showcase for the artefacts that Alpaiwalla, a Parsi, who worked at the Zoroastrian Bank, collected from around the world. This is Mumbai’s only Parsi Community museum. Address: FD Alpaiwalla Museum, Khareghat Memorial Hall, Khareghat Colony, NS Patkar Marg, Kemps Corner 

Mother Museum: The Mother (Aai) museum showcases a collection of 100-year-old brass, wood and bone artifacts gathered from Maharashtra is dedicated to motherhood collected by  hotelier Vithal Kamat. Also on display are coconut scrapers, children’s rattles and combs made of ivory and ebony. It is located adjacent to the domestic airport at Vile Parle. 


BEST Museum: Set up in Anik bus depot off the eastern express highway, this museum takes you through a walkthrough of the city’s transport history. Till recently, it displayed the tram-car, but now has on display chaisis of old double-decker buses, models of tram cars, uniforms, an old bell found while digging at a bus depot site and lost more. It also has those old devices that were used by bus conductors while giving tickets. Address: BEST Museum, Third Floor, Anik Bus Depot, Sion, Mumbai 400022. 

Bhau Daji Lad Museum: The Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum was established in 1872 as the erstwhile Victoria & Albert Museum, Bombay. It is Mumbai’s oldest museum and the third oldest in the country. The Museum’s collection includes the fine and decorative arts which showcases the importance of craftsmanship practiced by various communities of the Bombay Presidency. It also has an extraordinary collection of clay models and dioramas that document the life of the people of Mumbai and the history of the city in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Website:

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya: The city’s largest museum, formerly called the Prince of Wales Museum, was built in 1914. The Museum has a representative collection of various forms of art from India and to a certain extent, Far-Eastern art, Nepal and Tibet. The Natural History section is a major attraction for children. Website:

Reserve Bank of India monetary museum: It has an attreactive collection of not just money, currency notes and coins, but also grains and shells that were once used as money. It also explains history of barter, exchange and currency and one can find rare notes and coins placed with explanatory notes.

Address: It is located at Amar Building, Pherozeshah Mehta Road, near RBI, Fort. Website: 

Churchgate heritage gallery: The ground floor of the heritage headquarter building of Western Railway has a heritage gallery. It has several artefacts. The 2,184 sq ft gallery is home to a steam engine model, crockery & cutters of Bombay Baroda & Central India Railway (BB&CI) dating back to late 1800, trophies such as Challengers trophy – 1894, various signaling equipments, communication equipments, Manglore tiles of 1865 etc. used in early days of railways. It can be accessed with the permission of the public relations department of Western Railway.

Mobai Bhavan: It is the first museum in the city to showcase the culture of Mumbai’s East Indian inhabitants.The artefacts on display include tradition artefacts and equipment of daily use. It also shows photographs of traditional East Indian jewellery, clothes and wedding rituals.

Nehru Science Centre: Nehru Science Centre has more than 500 hands-on and interactive science exhibits on energy, sound, kinematics, mechanics, transport, etc. installed in the science park & different galleries. The NSC building with its unique architecture houses several permanent science expositions on various themes. Website:

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