1) Kelkar Museum
Nestled within the bustling streets of Pune’s old city centre is a museum that is quite different from the others because of its unique collection of plain utility objects along with those that have a priceless historic value. Above all, it is a collection put together by one individual.
The carved entrance makes an arresting statement of the vision that pushed the museum’s founder Dr. D G Kelkar (1896 – 1990) to collect artefacts from all across India from the 1920s onwards until his demise in 1990. Dr. Kelkar believed firmly that the ordinary and the aesthetic mingle together in our daily lives. Utility and artistry were to be found within the same object. He thus made a vast collection of all these from different corners of the country and they are now displayed under the roof of the museum.
The Kelkar museum has eight galleries displaying kitchen utensils, textiles, musical instruments, lamps, arm and armour, ivory in addition to the Mastani Mahal and Gujarat Gallery and every item reminds us of how art and craftsmanship toy with the boundaries of form and possibility, and how even the simplest of everyday objects can be masterpieces in their own right. Such is the unique collection of the Kelkar museum that it has been coveted by many. Nawab Salar Jung III, whose collection is housed in the SalarJungMuseum, Hyderabad, offered to buy the entire Kelkar collection. Rumour has it that he even sent Dr. Kelkar a blank cheque. Dr. Kelkar’s collection meant far more to him than money. It was his legacy to his son and society. Thus, Dr. Kelkar respectfully declined the offer and returned the cheque. Later on, he was the first ever recipient of the Nawab Salar Jung Gold Medal.
Visiting The Museum
- The Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum is located at 1377-78, Natu Baug, Off Bajirao Road, Shukrawar Peth, Pune – 411 002.
- Timings: From 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.
- The museum is open to visitors throughout the year.
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2) Museums in Deccan College
The Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute is spread over a large area on both the sides of the Pune – Ahmednagar highway. The side consisting of the old building constructed after 1864 houses the MarathaHistoryMuseum and the side with the newly constructed Department of Archaeology houses the ArchaeologyMuseum.
There are two museums in the Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, viz. ArchaeologyMuseum and MarathaHistoryMuseum. After 1939 the Department of Archaeology was reopened and became very active under the able leadership of Dr. H.D.Sankalia. Numerous explorations and excavations were carried out in various parts of India. The archaeological assemblage from the Stone Age to the Medieval Period was sorted and kept in different associated galleries. Together the collection comprises of ten galleries of the Archaeology Museum.
The Maratha History Museum was created out of the collection made by Rao Bahadur Parasnis of Satara. His personal collection of varied historical material coming from different parts of Maharashtra was taken over by the Government of Bombay and was named as SataraHistoricalMuseum. To facilitate the original historical research in the institute the collection was transferred to the DeccanCollege. In 1958 the ruler of the Maratha Princely State of Jamkhandi donated his personal collection to the MarathaHistoryMuseum.
The ArchaeologyMuseum has got ten galleries displaying the antiquities from the Stone Age, Chalcolithic Age, the Megalithihc Age, the Early Historical Period along with a Prof. H.D. Sankalia Memorial Gallery. There is also a sculptures gallery, Gallery of Epigraphy and Numismatics, the Ethno archaeological Gallery and the Gallery showing the Sciences in Archaeology.
The MarathaHistoryMuseum’s collection consists of 102 cloth bundles of the Modi and other historical documents from the old Satara collection, manuscripts and palm leaf works in various scripts and languages, copper plate grants, some rare books, old maps, plans, paintings, microfilms and authentic weaponry.
Today the museums are also involved in Public Education Activities like giving guided tours, organizing temporary exhibitions, conducting One Day Workshops in Archaeology and History for School teachers and the Temple Survey Projects. The staff of the MarathaHistoryMuseum has been conducting research for the last 70 years and they have published it in the form of numerous articles. Many national and international research scholars have referred to these museums for their own research.
Visiting The Museums -
No entry fee.
Timings – 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
Closed on 1st and 3rd Saturdays and every Sunday.
3) Mahatma Phule Museum
This museum lies at the junction of Ghole Road and Apte road between the FergussonCollege road and the Jangali Maharaj Road. This is a double storied construction with a huge campus surrounded by a lot of greenery. The garden in the campus of the museum is very well kept and it is a resting place for many birds.
The museum was founded in 1875 and was named as the PoonaIndustrialMuseum. Later on it was named as the LordReayMuseum. In 1968 it was again named as the MahatmaPhuleMuseum as Mahatma Phule and Savitribai Phule stayed here for some time.
The sections of the museum have charts, maps, models and machines and scientific models. The displays in the sections are related to industry, engineering, agriculture, geology and minerals, handicrafts and cottage industry and natural history and armoury. The arms and armaments belong to the medieval period. The natural history section is noteworthy for its taxidermy collection of different types of animals, birds, insects, snakes etc. The industrial section has models helpful for scientific agriculture showing the Indian hydro-electric and irrigation projects and oil refining methods.
The MahatmaPhuleMuseum has a library housing books based on a variety of subjects like the ancient technologies and museology. The museum also brings out a monthly journal based on the subjects related to science for the lay people to explain the scientific methods in simple language. There is huge hall on the first floor of the museum where talks, film shows, academic gatherings are regularly organized.
Visiting The Museums
The museum is open for all from 8 am to 5 pm.
4) Bastimal Solanki – Mr. Solanki has been collecting coins for last fifteen years. He has more than 50,000 coins in his collection. They range from the ancient Punch Marked Coins (circa 5th century B.C.E.) to the Medieval Mughal coins (till 19th century C.E.). He collects only Indian coins. firstname.lastname@example.org
5) Dr. Ajit Vartak – Dr. Ajit Vartak is a geologist by training and has been working as a lecturer in Geology. He has worked on Heteromorph Ammonites and Belemnites from south Indian Cretaceous. He has visited Nepal, Rajasthan and Kutch also for his fieldwork. He has been collecting fossils and postal stamps on fossils and minerals for the last thirty years. Presently, he owns approximately 250 stamps on fossils and 150 stamps of minerals. email@example.com