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Mumbai's museums and archives reveal fascinating data about their collections

Updated on: 27 April,2018 11:33 AM IST  |  Mumbai
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Mumbai's museums and archives reveal fascinating data about their collections

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The approximate books in the library of what used to be Mahatma Gandhi's Bombay headquarters during the freedom struggle

Books read by Gandhi that are housed in the museum

Books written by Gandhi that are part of the collection log on to

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The number of double decker tram models in the collection, which ran in the city from 1920 to 1964. Two of them are still functional

A trolley bus model that ran on an electric route between Gowalia Tank and Mazgaon from 1962 to 1971

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The total types of ticket-issuing machines in the museum log on to

Total documents (the oldest being from 1830s; with papers revealing the genesis of the company, and architectural and technical drawings including those of typewriter keyboards in regional languages)

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Photographs (oldest being from 1880s with some taken by well-known industrial photographer Mitter Bedi in 1970s) in the archives

Memorabilia (including the ballot box made for the first election of independent India, along with models of typewriters, that of a refrigerator from 1958, steel cupboard from 1930s, safes, etc.)
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Clay models in the collection of the oldest museum in the city

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Miniature paintings

Total metal objects including artefacts in brass, bronze, copper, bell metal, koftagiri, bidri and photographs on metal
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Total exhibits, which include paintings, sculptures and numismatic

Natural history specimens in the collection of which 430 are currently on display


Chinese and Japanese art exhibits in the collection of which 1,100 are on display

Indian and non-Indian paintings and prints
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Total exhibits of Indian coinage, paper currency, financial instruments and monetary curiosities

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Exhibits that provide a ringside view of the birth of currencies
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