Museums in Pune

National War Museum:

The museum was developed in 1997 by an organization by the citizens of Pune called Express citizen forum. The museum pays tribute to the Indian soldiers who laid their lives in various conflicts. It is situated in Pune cantonment area ans has a height of 25 feet. You can see the MIG 23 BN that was used in the Kargil war. It also exhibits the various arms, uniforms and mementos given as the Scottish contribution to the British army and aircrafts, tanks and memorials.

National War Museum PuneAddress: Prince of Wales Drive Road, Ghorpuri Lines, Dobarwadi, Ghorpadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India

This is one of its kind museums in South Asia built by using the public funds.

Tribal Museum:

This museum is truly dedicated to the tribal communities of the state of Maharashtra especially the tribes living in and around the Sahyadri and Gondwana region. You can see the objects used by the tribal- paintings, artefacts, pictures, images of deities, musical instruments, handicrafts, textile, utensils, ornaments, clothes, jewellery items, arms, armory and many such items that are a part of their lifestyle and culture.

Tribal-MuseumAddress: 28, Queen’s Garden, Near Old Circuit House, Band Garden Road, Pune, 411001, India
Phone:+91 20 2636 2772

The museum welcomes you with open arms to learn more about their customs, traditions and their lives through the exhibition. There are many objects that enlighten you about the traditions and customs of Marai, Bahiram, Wagdheo and Danteswari tribes.  The main attractions are the black magic accessories, the papier-mâché festival mask, monochrome warli paintings.

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum:

The museum came into existence in 1962 and was handed over to the Maharashtra government in 1975. It was established by Baba Dinkar Kelkar in the memory of his only son Raja. All the articles were personally collected by Baba Kelkar from around the world; he started collecting articles from 1920. The items here are mostly of everyday’s use with many of them from 18th and 19th century. There are around 20,000 articles in all!

raja-dinkar-kelkar-museumAddress: 1377-78, Kamal Kunj, Off Bajirao Road, Natu Baug, Shukrawar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411002, India
Phone: +91 20 2448 2101

It is a three stories building where you can find the ornaments made from ivory, silver and gold, sculptures from 14th century, musical instruments, artefacts from Mughal and Maratha period, paintings, nutcrackers and Ganpati’s guns, carved palace doors, pottery, door frames, war weapons, vessels etc. There are a research and storage facilities, the institute of musicology and fine arts.

The Mastani Mahal was an attempt of baba Kelkar to depict the life of the queen with its remnants.

Mahatma Phule Vaastu Sangrahalya:

It was established in 1875 with an aim to create a platform for knowledge sharing. It showcases varied items related to agriculture, arms and armory, forestry, geology, handicrafts, industry, natural history, weapons, ivory and textiles. Additionally there are stone carvings, oil paintings, marble statues and brass ware.

There is a library also that has a collection of rare books related to life, art and culture. The museum also hosts film shows and seminars.

Mahatma Phule Vaastu SangrahalyaAddress: 10 411004, 1204/10, Ghole Rd, Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411004, India

Darshan Museum:

The museum is housed on the first floor of sadhu Vaswani mission building. The museum depicts the life and teaching of the Sindhi saint sadhu T.L.Vaswani. It was inaugurated by the actor Amir Khan in 2011. The museum intends to provide a deep insight towards the life of the saint through the informative and entertaining experience by audio, video and multimedia. There are 8 zones where the guide helps you to give through an emotive experience.

Darshan Museum PuneAddress: HH Prince Aga Khan Rd, Sangamvadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411001, India

The museum is a repository of his teaching in the form of interactive and participatory displays. The Sadhu Vaswani mission was earlier known as the brotherhood association and was named sadhu Vaswani mission upon the death of its founder sadhu T.L.Vaswani.

Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Museum:

Baba saheb was the architecture of our constitution and one of the most respected figures in the Indian polity. This blue marble dome building allows you to know him better. The objects related to him from birth to death are meticulously preserved here- wall clock, violin, paperweight, night lamp, dining chairs, tables, footwear, clothes, fur caps, travelling accessories, scissors, bed and the Bharat Ratna he was awarded with.

Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar MuseumAddress: Senapati Bapat Road, Wadarvadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411016, India
Phone:+91 20 2565 9909

National Film Archives Museum:

This is an interesting place for one and all. Located in the heart of the city, it is one of the largest film archives in Asia. It was built with an aim to aid students on film research, editing, cinematography, directions, film theories etc and promote the film culture. The well-maintained centrally air-conditioned museum contains 3 basement vaults that can hold sixty-thousand film reels.

There are thousands of film scripts, books, film periodicals, pamphlets, photographs, wall posters, disc records and tapes. It has fine collections of the classic movies and movie makers. You can see the works of the eminent film makers like Dada Saheb Phalke, Debaki Bose, V. Shantaram, P.C. Barua, Mahboob Khan, Sohrab Modi, Guru Dutt, Satyajit Ray, Raj Kapoor, Mrinal Sen, Sukdev, S.S. Vasan, Adoor Gopalakrishna, Shaji N.Karun, D.W. Griffith, Carl Dryer, Sergei Eienstien, V.I. Pudovkin, Jean Luc Godard, Bergman, Roberto Rosselini, Alexander Dovzkenko, Fritz Lang, Robert Flaherty, Vittorio De Sica, Frederico Fellini, Kenji Mitzoguchi, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Bresson, etc.

National Film Archives MuseumAddress: P B No-810, Jaikar Bunglow, Law College Road, Pune, Maharashtra 411004, India
Phone:+91 20 2565 2259

The museum is visited by directors, photographers, students, researchers, biographers etc from around the world. There are two theatre- main theatre and preview theatre. There programs such as film circle program, screening of Indian, foreign and rare films along with the photography and posters.