Best Museum in Pune - Raja Dinakar Kelkar Museum
Pune is well know for the people who respect their culture and their fore fathers. In order to preserve whatever they have acquired from the past and exhibit them to the world, various museums in Pune have put in consistent and sincere efforts.
Raja Dinakar Kelkar Museum is one of the finest museums and one of the most attractive place to visit in Pune city. This museum is situated in Shukrawar peth on Bajirao Road. Department of Archeology, Government of Maharashtra is controlling this museum. This museum is one of the tourist attractions in Pune city. Originally this museum was under the control of Dr. Dinakar G.kelkar who laid down the foundation stone for this museum in memory of Raja, his only son. Most of the collections in his museum are a result of the efforts put up by Dinakar G.Kelkar.
Raja Dinakar Kelkar museum has nearly 20,000 different articles, all of them personally collected by Dr. Dinakar Kelkar from all over the world. When his son died at the age of 7 years, he decided to do something to remember him. So this museum was built by him in the year 1962. This museum is a must visit place for the tourists visiting Pune city. We can see rare exhibits and artifacts from all over the country which date back to the Mughal and the Maratha periods. We can see a lot of paintings, Ganapati's Guns, Carved palace doors, pottery and a number of musical instruments in this museum.
We can see some display of household vessels ( of 18th and 19th Centuries) in the ground floor. These vessels are made of copper, brass and terracotta and brought here from Gujarat, Kerala and Maharashtra. We can see vessels like Dabado, a box in which dowry used to be given in Gujarat state.
We can see the murthis of Sri Ganesha, Shiva and Parvathi in the first floor. We can also see the paintings showing the scenes from Ramayana. Another attraction in this museum is the armours made of fish scales and crocodile skin, Pistols, Long barrelled muskets, daggers and shields, swords etc.
There is a music gallery for the music lovers. This gallery has nearly all types of musical instruments on the display. We can also see the personal instruments contributed by the famous personalities such as Sarinda by PlL.Deshpande, Sarangi of Ustad Kadarbaksh Khan. We can also see the tortoise shaped veena and a gramphone donated by HMV Company. There is a room in the museum which almost steals your heart. It is a recreation of the Mastnai Mahal which was originally built in 1734 in Kothrud, Pune. It has a luxurious setting, colourful paintings and chandeliers, all to give the feel of a palace.
The Timings to visit Raja Dinakar Kelkar Museum are given below:
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm (open all days)
Entry fee: Rs 15