22 November, 2016

-Ms. Deepa Nathani

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The students of Std. VI along with their class teachers, associate teachers and Supervisor went for their field trip on 17th Nov. 2016 to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India. It is the main museum in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It was founded in the early years of the 20th century by prominent citizens of Mumbai, with the help of the government, to commemorate the visit of the then prince of Wales. It is located in the heart of South Mumbai near the Gateway of India. The museum was renamed in the 1990s or early 2000s after Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire. The museum houses approximately 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history as well as objects from foreign lands, categorized primarily into three sections: Art, Archaeology and Natural History.

This year Sangrahalaya is presenting a new exhibition, ‘Mummy: An Unsolved Mystery – Conserving Mumbai’s Egyptian Treasures’. This gave our students an opportunity to learn about the importance of preservation and conservation of world cultural heritage. Mr. Kulkarni explained to the students the art of Taxidermy, a process of preparing, stuffing and mounting skins of dead animals and birds for exhibition in a lifelike state. This is one of the first special exhibitions curated by the natural history department of the Museum. With interesting animal and bird specimens on display this exhibition was a great opportunity for students to learn about science and taking care of the environment. It was an enlightening and fun experience for the students who enjoyed their trip to the Museum.