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Google Cultural Institute makes Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum’s Treasures Accessible To People Across The Globe

~ 200+ artefacts from its collection, museum walkthroughs and virtual exhibitions from BDL now online

In its endeavour to bring India’s rich culture and heritage to the world, the Google Cultural Institute and Mumbai’s BDL - exteriorDr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum have joined hands. People from around the world will now be able to experience online 200+ highlights from this rare collection of early art and design practices from the late 18th to early 20th centuries as well as contemporary art exhibitions displayed at the Museum. The exhibits showcased at the museum include pieces carved from ivory such as Radha Krishna, a diorama of Emperor Jehangir on a lion hunt, and a painting of a court scene from 1928 by renowned artist M.V. Dhurandhar (who studied at the J. J. School of Art in the late 19th century). Available online are also the contemporary art exhibitions displayed at the museum, specially curated virtual exhibits, Museum View and many other treasures of the Museum, all just a few clicks away, on

Get up close with ultra-high resolution images
Featured artefact, the Radha Krishna carved in ivory can now be viewed in never-before-seen definition thanks to the Google Cultural Institute’s zoom features. Users can explore it in extraordinary detail and experience it far beyond what is visible to the naked eye, such as the ornaments on the figures.

Virtual tour with Museum View
In order to get a better view of the Museum and its artefacts, the Google Cultural Institute offers a 360-degree tour with the Museum View feature. With it, people can explore the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum virtually, selecting works that interest them and clicking to discover more or diving into the high resolution images, where available.

A specially-designed Museum View ‘Trolley’ took 360 degree images of selected galleries which were then stitched together, enabling smooth navigation of the six galleries within the Museum including the Industrial Arts Gallery, the 19th Century Paintings Gallery and the Kamalnayan Bajaj Mumbai gallery.

Digital Exhibitions
Specially curated virtual exhibitions have been developed for online visitors to discover interactive online experiences from the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum. These virtual exhibitions tell the story of the restoration and revitalisation of the Museum, as well important contemporary art shows like “7000 Museums: A Project for the Republic of India” by Atul Dodiya and the “ZegnArt Public/India” artwork by Reena Kallat.

Some of the most important items of the online exhibitions are:
· Images of the Museum before and after restoration
· Object installations in Vitrines by artist Atul Dodiya
· Images of the installation on the Museum’s façade by artist Reena Kallat

Amit Sood, Director, Google Cultural Institute said, “The mission of the Cultural Institute is to make the world’s heritage accessible for global audiences and to preserve it digitally for generations to come. It is our privilege to help iconic Indian institutions such as Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum to exhibit their rich collections online using the power of technology. Through this project we hope to preserve and breathe new life into cultural treasures around the world.”

Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Hon. Director and Managing Trustee of the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum said, “We are delighted to announce the launch of the Museum’s partnership with the Google Cultural Institute. Through this initiative, Mumbai’s oldest museum’s collection and exhibitions will now be accessible to people around the world who do not have the opportunity to travel and visit the Museum.”

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